Tuesday, October 6, 2015
LAUREL, in its various forms, was beloved of Victorian gardeners as a hedging and screening plant and, since then, it has grown up more than a bit.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
GARDENING SOMETIMES an idea is so devilishly simple you wonder why it took so long to germinate.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
GARDENING AFTER languishing for a while on the fringes of garden fashion, dahlias are suddenly being recognised again for their very many useful attributes.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
GARDENING VENTNOR Botanic Garden will be celebrating the hop harvest again with the annual Hops Festival on Sunday, September 20, from 10am to 6pm at the garden.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
GARDENING I AWAIT the telephone call from Ryde’s Rosemary Vineyard with some excitement.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
GARDENINGIn these times when the local authority no longer looks after most of our parks and open spaces, it is ever more vital we all do our bit to make our Garden Isle look just that.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
GARDENINGI HAD both garden and plant envy when I judged the Medina Park garden competition at Whippingham.
Monday, August 17, 2015
GARDENING I HAVE a very low tolerance of gardening show presenters with annoying voices and misplaced animation — and they seem to be legion — but, set that aside, and Carol Klein, on Monday focuses on the giant waterlily at Ventnor Botanic Garden.
Monday, August 10, 2015
GARDENING WHENEVER I publicise what I think are unusual happenings in the garden, there is usually a caterwaul of comment from people who have seen it all before.
Monday, August 3, 2015
GARDENING THE curator of Ventnor Botanic Garden, Chris Kidd, is no stranger to identifying alien invaders to our gardens, which crop up regularly.
Monday, July 27, 2015
GARDENING THERE cannot be many names of plants that sum up their appearance better than red hot poker.
Monday, July 13, 2015
GARDENING TALES of the unexpected reached me within hours of each other — of brilliant success and abject soft fruit failure.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
GARDENING THINK hydrangeas and an image will be conjured of the spherical mophead adornments of bungalow estate development.
Monday, June 29, 2015
GARDENING CHRIS did send me an additional technical piece on a study, which is currently happening at the garden which, in a neat turn of phrase, he described as ‘dry as the tip of a Kalahari bushman’s elbow’.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
THE Big Apple comes back to Newport with the IW Apple Project at Abbey Mews.
Monday, June 15, 2015
GARDENING ’TIS the season of champagne and tennis and that Wimbledon must-have accessory, strawberries.
Monday, June 8, 2015
GARDENING MUCH is said of the negatives of the internet — social media trolls, disinformation and the instant dissemination of events and opinion.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
GARDENING FOR the most part, I am blessed with plenty of growing places for all sorts of crops, except for my little 8ft by 6ft greenhouse where space is at a definite premium.
Monday, May 25, 2015
GARDENING is an intoxicating mixture of art, craft and graft. That’s probably why we love it so much.
Monday, May 4, 2015
GARDENING RUSS Broughton got my e-mail address from Brading bee man Dave Cassell and sent me a picture of a crazy daisy.