Gardening Diary

Exotica is just a click away now

Exotica is just a click away now

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GARDENING IN MY near six decades a lot of mystery has vanished from the world.

Time to do battle with the enemy

Time to do battle with the enemy

Friday, April 11, 2014

SPRING is midway through but for pests, diseases and weeds, life is just beginning, worse luck.

Secrets behind walled gardens

Secrets behind walled gardens

Friday, April 4, 2014

GARDENING A GARDEN love affair was re-kindled back in 1987 by my wife.

Know your onions and reap the rewards

Know your onions and reap the rewards

Friday, March 28, 2014

GARDENING IS IT just me that gets attached to everyday inanimate objects?

When hoarding comes in useful

When hoarding comes in useful

Friday, March 21, 2014

GARDENINGTATE and Lyle’s Golden Syrup slogan, complete with a rotting lion and bees making a hive from the corpse, tells us: “Out of the strong came forth sweetness.”

The answer lies in the soil

The answer lies in the soil

Friday, March 14, 2014

GARDENING AS TIME flies, gardeners are forced to find new ways of doing things.

Weather’s damper on our potato crops

Weather’s damper on our potato crops

Friday, March 7, 2014

GARDENING WHAT would we British have to talk about if we lived in a more predictable climate?

Ways to battle the destroyer of lawns

Ways to battle the destroyer of lawns

Friday, February 28, 2014

GARDENING MOSS. Isn’t it just a pain in the grass?

Burst of colour in the gloom

Burst of colour in the gloom

Friday, February 14, 2014

GARDENING ANY splash of colour in our dour rain and gale-lashed gardens is welcome as the Great Flood continues.

No hard graft for a bigger yield

No hard graft for a bigger yield

Friday, February 7, 2014

GARDENING GRAFTING is, of course, an age-old technique, which combines the best attributes of a rootstock with that of the stem joined to it.

Don’t let all this water go to waste

Don’t let all this water go to waste

Friday, January 31, 2014

GARDENING THE Great Flood has certainly dampened enthusiasm for things outdoors — gardening included — but there are jobs that can be accomplished.

Long innings for a very special tree

Long innings for a very special tree

Friday, January 24, 2014

GARDENING THE ‘thwack’ of leather on willow may not seem quite as enjoyable as it did in this painful wake of The Ashes whitewash.

The strangest things happen in gardens

The strangest things happen in gardens

Friday, January 17, 2014

GARDENING ONE of the many rewards of this column, apart from keeping me out of the pub on the night before a ‘school’ day while I write it, is the eclectic selection of letters, e-mails and photographs I receive.

Apres le deluge, the work begins

Apres le deluge, the work begins

Friday, January 10, 2014

GARDENING THE weather! There would be an awful lot more silence about if we didn’t have it to discuss, wouldn’t there?

The wonders of creative thinking in the garden

The wonders of creative thinking in the garden

Friday, January 3, 2014

GARDENING MUD, mud, glorious mud! My father used to sing that old ditty innumerable times and I was never able to fathom its blood-cleansing properties.

The fascinating lost fruit of the Incas

The fascinating lost fruit of the Incas

Friday, December 27, 2013

GARDENING CHRISTMAS came early for me — in the form of a lovely little gift from Penny Weedon.

Berries and blossom light up the dull days

Berries and blossom light up the dull days

Friday, December 20, 2013

GARDENING CRIKEY! It is going to be a very berry Christmas this year.

A tree isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life

A tree isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life

Friday, December 13, 2013

GARDENING THIS festive time of year thoughts turn to the spruce.

New homes for straying shrubs

New homes for straying shrubs

Friday, December 6, 2013

GARDENING I WAS reminded by timely e-mails that now is the time to move small deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers that have outgrown their allotted space or which have cropped up in the wrong place.

David’s banana republic

David’s banana republic

Friday, November 29, 2013

GARDENING DAVID and Barbara Mansfield are quite happily going bananas at their Hillrise Avenue home in Binstead.

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