Gardening Diary

Looking behind the Isle of Wight’s walled gardens

Looking behind the Isle of Wight’s walled gardens

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.

Wonderful autumn colour for your pots

Wonderful autumn colour for your pots

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.

The return of show onions

The return of show onions

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.

Seeds galore… for free

Seeds galore… for free

Friday, January 30, 2015

GARDENING RARELY, these days, are special offers truly special.

Blooming early for garden’s magnolia

Blooming early for garden’s magnolia

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.

Succulent survivors

Succulent survivors

Monday, January 19, 2015

GARDENINGLET me introduce you to a born survivor you might not have met before.

The great survivors which are flourishing

The great survivors which are flourishing

Monday, January 12, 2015

GARDENINGTHE cordyline really is a born survivor — and in Sandown it has found a real survival niche.

Combining best of old and new

Combining best of old and new

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.

Tasty tuber will be a real boon in kitchen

Tasty tuber will be a real boon in kitchen

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.

Tis the season to be generous

Tis the season to be generous

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

GARDENINGMY ‘PRESENT’ to you, dear reader, is a lovely little IW apple.

Forgotten apple experiment could be a winner

Forgotten apple experiment could be a winner

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.

Bringing a festive sparkle to apples

Bringing a festive sparkle to apples

Friday, December 5, 2014

AN APPLE is an apple — except when it is a real Christmas sparkler.

Monsters, moths and a mystery

Monsters, moths and a mystery

Monday, December 1, 2014

GARDENING MONSTER vegetables and incredible yield are always show stoppers.

Reach for the sky even in the smallest places

Reach for the sky even in the smallest places

Monday, November 24, 2014

GARDENINGSIZE is important but it is by no means crucial when it comes to gardening.

It’s never too early for these beautiful Christmas cacti

It’s never too early for these beautiful Christmas cacti

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GARDENING CHRISTMAS came really early this year for at least a couple of Island cacti owners.

Knotty problem of invaders

Knotty problem of invaders

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.

Apple blossom time in autumn

Apple blossom time in autumn

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.

Caribbean dream is a true born survivor

Caribbean dream is a true born survivor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GARDENING I’M grateful to Don Prescott for highlighting a star of a plant, which does especially well down his southern Wight neck of the woods but will survive almost anywhere.

Eric seeks answer to big puzzle

Eric seeks answer to big puzzle

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GARDENING ERIC Mitchell needs a hand solving a big puzzle — a monkey puzzle.

Bees turn up in the most unusual places

Bees turn up in the most unusual places

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GARDENING ONE of the many amazing things about having your own patch of ground is all manner of other creatures use it too.

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