Want to grow squash and pumpkins for winter eating and Halloween decoration? -The one thing I do like about All Hallows Eve is the pumpkins. Grow your own to experiment with the more unusual shaped or coloured types - delicious to eat and lovely for decorating the doorstep and home.
My gardening week - six on saturday - 17.03.18 This week I admired wild cherries, a beautiful paperbush plant and my evergreen ferns. I also planted out spent forced bulbs, spotted a ladybird and was pleased to see plastics reduction in action.
Whilst wondering through the Princess of Wales greenhouse at Kew Gardens I spotted an unusual plant in purple white and green and it immediately brought me to mind of the colours of the women's suffragette movement. The suffragettes wore sashes and rosettes in these colours. Purple signified dignity, white purity and green hope.
Coming in a variety of colours wider than Jackson Pollock's palette, there is a dahlia out there for everyone. Despite their opulence they are surprisingly easy to grow. This article shows you how to grow dahlias and some of my favourite colour combinations.
A week in the cold - Six on saturday. This week I have been admiring Cyclamen cuom, hellebores, flowering quince and the new leaf on my Monstera deliciosa, whilst tracking animals in the snow and planting my show bench sweet peas (again).
With their freckled faces and subtle colours of white, plum and mauve, hellebores add a touch of drama and colour to the winter garden. They can be bashful, their faces pointing downwards, so if you have any changes of level in your garden, consider planting them high so you can [...]
Pure white lemon flower Citrus plants such as the lemon are attractive houseplant and conservatory specimens. A lovely feature of citrus is the fact that new season's flowers are displayed alongside the ripening fruit of last season. They also have a strong, delicious scent. Indoors, citrus plants need [...]
Whenever I cook rhubarb in my house we can't help but sing an adapted version of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'. "Rah rah rhu-bar-barb, ro mah ro-mah-mah". Yet my romance with rhubarb is far from a bad one and as a plant it's certainly not a prima-donna performer. Once established, rhubarb should need little primping, a useful trait for the time-pressed gardener.