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Grow your own

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

Are you inspired to “Grow Your Own”? We are being increasingly asked to make vegetable plots for customers. It’s not too late to start growing now – either from seed i.e. runner beans or buy plug plants from the garden centre i.e. tomatoes. You don’t need a big garden either. A large pot is sufficient to grow a few beans, beetroot, etc. Just chose the varieties that have been bred to be picked whilst small.

 

It’s still a bit early for summer bedding plants, as there could be frosts up until the end of May. So if you are tempted to buy any tender plants, keep them covered with fleece if a frost is forecast.

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SHOPPING

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

BLOG 30/4/13

SHOPPING

I visited the garden centre this weekend, well, there were a number on my trip, my kind of retail therapy and this spring has made us wait long enough!  I was looking for plants not candles or cute ornaments, food or any other of the other products that they try to tempt consumers with.  I wanted plants: for now – spring bedding to tidy up my patio pots and containers, I wanted some summer bedding and whilst I know the frosts are still to come until the end of May, I’m sure they will this year – I can keep them on my windowsill in the kitchen and bring them on, talking to them each morning so they know what I expect of them and that way I shall remember to water them!

Then there are the vegetable plugs so wildly available now – various tomatoes, beans, peppers, cabbage, peas the list is endless – who needs a supermarket for vegetables these days.  It is easier than ever to “Grow Your Own” – in a pot or a border.

Do I have room for a small fruit tree?  Looking at the various varieties it is the rootstock which determines the overall size.  This can be a bit more complicated but the label will tell you everything you need to know – dwarf trees are ideal for the smaller garden.

Back to the flower garden – the herbaceous perennials are just showing their shoots above the soil – achillea, aster, hosta.  This is where my imagination can run wild, in my head I can see all these lovely colours in the summer, flowerheads bobbing in the breeze on a sunny day.  Watching the bees buzzing from flower to flower, in their daily search of nectar.  Then, while standing staring at these rows of black pots imaging warmer days, I suddenly realise I have to work out what will go where.  Do I get just the 1 or 3 – as a designer will tell you, it is best to plant in odd numbers.  But I want a riot of colour not all the same, so I check the colours and heights.  Short, ground cover at the front of the bed and taller plants at the back.  Some to be flowering soon but others flowering later in the year, to extend my summer into October and beyond.

Then finally, the backbone of any garden is the shrubs – evergreen and deciduous.  This is when I again stand and stare at the black pots on the bench and think of my garden now – where have all the gaps been this winter, could I do with another evergreen shrub in the border – I’m sure I could fit in one or two, so should the winter be bad again next year at least I will have some colour.

So who needs candles, trinkets and baubles when I can have all these plants for my garden.

Now is the ideal time to visit your local plant nursery or garden centre.  The late Spring has given us extra time to get our gardens planted for the summer – so this Bank Holiday weekend why not go shopping!

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25th April 2013 – SUNSHINE!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

25th April 2013 – SUNSHINE!

Another sunny day, isn’t it great to see and feel the sunshine eventually – it’s been a long wait!  While I was out gardening this week, I have noticed how dry all the pots are.  Plants that are in pots on the patios, etc, will enjoy a bit of TLC at this time of year.  It’s good practice to refresh the compost – use ericaceous if camellias – give them a feed and a good water.  If you find that the plants are pot bound, it would be a good idea to pot them into a bigger pot.  I always feel that potted plants are like babies – because they are not able to put their roots down and find their own food and moisture, you have to do it for them!

In the flower beds, although the top layer of soil is dry, generally underneath there is moisture and so well established plants will be fine.  However, any newly planted shrubs will need to be watered as well as freshly laid turf.

This work done now will repay you in the months ahead, when you can really enjoy your garden!

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18th April 2013 – The sun is shining!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

At last the sun is shining and we can start to appreciate our gardens once again.  It always surprises me how some plants survive our recent harsh winters.  There are a lot of herbaceous plants starting to show above ground now, their tiny shoots pushing through the soil, that has protected them these last few month.  They have survived but some of the evergreen plants i.e. choisya are showing signs of being damaged by the cold and frost as well as ceanothus.  However, just because something looks dead at the moment, it is worth leaving until about June, when the plant has had a full time to recover and may surprise you with a new burst of energy!

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22nd March 2013 – Threat of Snow!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

As I look into the garden today, there is a threat of snow and the wind is howling around.  Not typical March weather but us gardeners get to know how to work with nature – after all we can never beat it!  With the weather being so unpredictable at the moment, you can still pop to the garden centres to buy your seeds and summer bulbs so you are ready to go when the better weather arrives.

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20th March 2013 – Reclaiming the garden

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

I have been busy this morning reclaiming a flower bed from ivy that had taken hold over the years.  Physical work that certainly kept me warm, while temperatures are well below the seasonal norm.  All I need to do now is to add some well rotted organic matter and start planting.  In the meantime, I’m popping inside for a cuppa and do some planning.

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Lawn Treatments

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

Lawn Treatments

Lawn treatments are available to keep your lawn weed and moss free.  Please ask for details.

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Watering your plants whilst you are on holiday

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

Watering your plants whilst you are on holiday

We are happy to offer a “holiday service” and water your plants whilst you are on holiday, either in the garden or greenhouse.

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Sourcing plants for your garden

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Carolines Blog | 0 comments

Sourcing plants for your garden

We are able to source plants for your garden,  using wholesale nurseries as well as local garden centres.

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