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Garden Life – A Spiky Friend – Gill Ford

Garden Life – A Spiky Friend – Gill Ford

A Hedgehog making a visit in my garden As the weather was so glorious in June, I spent many hours wandering around my garden barefoot on the lawn, which is very peaceful and, as I am keeping the grass much longer these days some wonderful flowers have appeared, such as yellow vetch. I also noticed that the daisies ...

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Garden Life – Managing Our Water Usage – Gill Ford

Garden Life – Managing Our Water Usage – Gill Ford

We will all have to get used to the effects of Global Warming with extremely wet winters and dry summers. So, as weather extremes become the new norm, sustainable water use is ever more important. It pays to understand your soil and plants, to use more natural water and to design your garden with water in mind. Most ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for May 2021 – Gill Ford

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for May 2021 – Gill Ford

The bitter cold spell last month did lots of damage to a number of shrubs, especially Camellias and Magnolias, turning all the flowers to brown soggy messes, which is such a shame. I had also planted out my brassicas and corn, so I am mindful of the following old saying ‘Ne’re cast a clout ‘til May is out.’ This is ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for April 2021

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for April 2021

We had some really lovely, sunny days in March, when we could prepare the garden for the next season and enjoy the wonderful brightly coloured yellow, white and orange daffodils. These colours are dominant and so really shine in the garden. Red is also a dominant colour and these bright colours will continue in April ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for March 2021

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for March 2021

Bush of Crocus Sativus March is the first month in the Roman calendar, and it is named after Mars, the God of War. This month tends to start off windy but in the end, when spring is in sight, the weather should start to warm up – which is great news after the cold blasts and snow of February. Also, welcome news ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for February 2021

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for February 2021

As I was walking this morning, the sun was shining and I could definitely feel the gentle warmth of its rays, which was fantastic. We have had a very mild winter so far, with a few sharp frosts and snow further north, but here we have the treats of winter flowering Jasmine and the first display of daffodils February ...

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Garden Life – January 2021 – Gill Ford

Garden Life – January 2021 – Gill Ford

Hellebore Towards the end of December we certainly felt winter setting in but it has been amazing to still see roses and hebes still flowering – it really will be a record if they continue to survive until January! January may be cold, dark and ‘grimbly’ but since the shortest day on the winter solstice in ...

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Garden Life – December 2020 – Gill Ford

Garden Life – December 2020 – Gill Ford

One particular Robin is my constant companion in the garden and I love it when he sings to me and I talk back to him – fortunately no-one overhears me chattering away about the wrongs and rights of the world! Robins follow humans around the garden, so they can eat the bugs that we reveal when raking leaves and ...

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Garden Life – November 2020 – Gill Ford

Garden Life – November 2020 – Gill Ford

Early November is the last chance to plant trees and shrubs, so they can establish themselves before the cold of winter sets in. Deciduous leaves seem to be staying on the trees for longer this year, so do take the time to look at the choice of autumn colours that you can pop into your garden for a wonderful display ...

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