Monday, April 20, 2015
GARDENING IT IS that mad time of year, the start of that frantic period where you don’t know whether to be planting, pruning, digging or sowing — or simply soaking up the spring sun.
Monday, April 6, 2015
GARDENING IN PELARGONIUM circles, the quest for the perfect yellow specimen is the equivalent of the search for the black tulip.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
GARDENING CALL me old-fashioned but there seems something fundamentally wrong in eating the tuber of a flower as magnificent as a dahlia.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
GARDENING I HAVE had an unrequited love affair ever since I tuned into the BBC2 TV programme The Victorian Kitchen Garden.
Monday, February 16, 2015
‘POT mums’ are those colourful monsters of container gardening that look fantastic in garden centres in late summer and last right through to the first frost—but they can quite easily be grown at home too.
Monday, February 9, 2015
GARDENING SOME gardeners who know their onions hang on to the heritage and provenance of what they grow, relishing the tradition of planting year on year.
Friday, January 30, 2015
GARDENING RARELY, these days, are special offers truly special.
Monday, January 26, 2015
GARDENINGFUNNY, I always seem to write about drought just before it rains, the wet when things dry out and now about warmth when temperatures dip.
Monday, January 19, 2015
GARDENINGLET me introduce you to a born survivor you might not have met before.
Monday, January 12, 2015
GARDENINGTHE cordyline really is a born survivor — and in Sandown it has found a real survival niche.
Monday, January 5, 2015
GARDENINGONCE we pass the calendar hurdle of the shortest day and enter the new year, my thoughts always start to turn to what to plant.
Monday, December 29, 2014
GARDENING YACON tubers form underground beneath a robust, leafy plant and are slightly reminiscent when dug of large baking potatoes — but that is where the similarity ends.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
GARDENINGMY ‘PRESENT’ to you, dear reader, is a lovely little IW apple.
Friday, December 12, 2014
PROBABLY the best part of a decade ago, when my two girls were quite small, we did the thing of planting apple pips, to see whether we would produce the next big Discovery, or indeed an apple to rival a Cox.
Friday, December 5, 2014
AN APPLE is an apple — except when it is a real Christmas sparkler.
Monday, December 1, 2014
GARDENING MONSTER vegetables and incredible yield are always show stoppers.
Monday, November 24, 2014
GARDENINGSIZE is important but it is by no means crucial when it comes to gardening.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
GARDENING CHRISTMAS came really early this year for at least a couple of Island cacti owners.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
GARDENING JAPANESE knotweed — a plant which at best evokes loathing among gardeners and at its worst real fear for homeowners — could have a powerful new, and tiny, nemesis that promises big things.
Monday, November 3, 2014
GARDENING FOR once, in this Michael Fish ‘no hurricane’ month, the forecasters have been bang on and I don’t need to tell you it has been great in the garden, if a tad confusing for plants.