Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am
What is your garden worth to you? Do you really like your garden? Do you spend time admiring it, partaking in its maintenance needs and tweaking those areas in need of refurbishment or, simply, change?
Do you consider that the amount spent...
Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am
As flowering plants are the lifeblood of the garden, careful consideration should be given to the choice of species and their relationship to neighbouring plants.
Variety, it is said, is the spice of life but as with food, if the spice is...
May 16, 2018 8:00 am
May is usually the month that moves us from questionable weather to more settled conditions.
With this in mind, consider tackling the lawn with regard to weed control, verticutting, aerifying and fertilising.
Lawns generally cover a...
Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am
From a fabulous February to a mad March — Mother Nature has once again proven her unpredictability, as can be seen from the many defoliated plants and burnt foliage.
Often when driving around the island, a plant “jumps out” at me displaying...
Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am
Mother Nature is so fickle.
February, my least popular month weather-wise, was in reality a reasonably “nice” month.
So hopefully, with the major part of winter over, we can consider moving forward with plans for the garden although...
Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am
On February 16, 1659 a cheque was used for the first time in Britain by a Nicholas Vanacker, to settle a debt.
With only 20 square miles of land to appreciate, surely we should take advantage of our climate and maintain what we have left...
Jan 22, 2018 8:00 am
As there is not much activity in the garden for the next couple of months now is the best time to take stock and evaluate.
Plants grow upwards and outwards as they age but, like people, they also show signs of decline.
Last year was...
Dec 27, 2017 8:00 am
December is the month for shopping.
Come Christmas Day, however, many of us will have questioned the value of the gifts we’ve received with regard to use and function.
I would suggest that function outweighs cost. Why purchase a...
Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am
Over the past several months we have discussed several types of gardens, some of which can be very labour intensive and costly to maintain.
Gardens by their very nature are “active” and require attention which, to a degree, can be...
Oct 31, 2017 8:00 am
Properties along the coast or on exposed hillsides survive quite well between April and November (excluding hurricanes), but the weather can create havoc in the garden during the winter.
As well as physical damage, such as broken branches...
Sep 12, 2017 8:00 am
The flowering garden is what is normally seen on most properties.
It is a mix of trees, shrubs, ground covers, herbaceous, vines, grasses, cacti and succulents making up the flower beds, usually surrounding a lawn of specific or mixed...
Aug 15, 2017 8:00 am
What is a garden?
Whilst recently vacationing in the south of England the temperature hit 80-plus degrees for several days.
It was a pleasant experience, especially with low humidity, and it created an increase in activity with parks...
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