Amazing Grace, the hedgehog preservation campaign, is urging Britain’s gardeners to ‘socially distance’ from wildlife in their gardens, following a spate of wild animals being ‘rescued’ from their natural habitat. Lockdown has tempted Britons out into their gardens and into their sheds where they’ve been surprised to find they share their space with hundreds of […]
It’s been blazing hot and incredibly humid in central Ontario over the last few weeks, and the days head don’t indicate that a cool-down is coming any time soon. Despite the heat, the garden is looking great with strong showing from the usual seasonal suspects – mini roses, daylilies, astilbe, coneflowers and various assorted containers brimming with petunias, marigolds, dahlias and other annuals. The deer are giving me a run for my green thumb though, time will only tell who will win this battle.
By Cheryl Harrison, Master Gardener Ok, I know that peonies may not be the trending plant but I love them! Like many grandmothers, my maternal grandmother grew peonies around her farmhouse… Their fragrance filled the air and they sprawled magnificently after a rain. I found them captivating! Peonies were first described as medicinal herbs in […]
After my experiment a couple of summers ago with a white bed I decided last autumn to trial some white spring flowers in this bed. So I chose some white Narcissi, white Tulips, white Chionodoxa (Glory in the snow), some mixed blue and white Muscari and white Crocuses (Snowbunting). The crocuses ended up in the […]
Marie Antoinette’s more natural private garden at the Palace of Versailles is set to be restored to its former glory, as part a $2 million, multiyear restoration project. The garden, located just to the west of the Orangerie, was originally a labyrinth installed by Louis XIV in the mid-17th century, but by the time Marie […]
In an attempt to prevent our members from missing out, we’re bringing Ruth’s expert Phoenix Urban Gardening Course into your homes in instalments over the coming weeks. First up: Sow & Grow: all you need to know to get those veg plants off to a roaring start! 1. WHAT should I grow? (see Planting Guide) […]
If you have been listening in to Gardens Hour on Wednesdays on BBC Radio Leicester, you’ll have heard our ‘ten minute tips’ recorded in Ben Jackson’s garden. I always come home and plant the same varieties in my windswept country garden. Ben’s plot is in a lovely sheltered walled garden in a village. His soil […]