Gardening

  • Muddy gardens: five things to do in July

    Summer’s here (er, apparently), and your garden will be looking it’s best, so really now is the time to kick off your stilettos, pop open a bottle of fizz and enjoy being out in it. But in between sips of the good stuff, there are a couple of odd jobs you can do to keep your […]

  • Muddy gardens

    Sun’s out. The garden is calling. But what to do first? Luckily I know just the guy to ask. Andy Mills, head gardener at Painshill, the 18th-century landscape garden in Cobham, gives us these tips for those with green fingers. Happy gardening! Trim Box hedges after Derby Day (4 June) preferably on a dull day. Get planting Plant out tender perennials […]

  • Muddy gardens: What to do in May

    Did you know it is World Naked Gardening Day this Saturday? And while I won’t personally be pulling weeds in the buff, if you’re planning to tend your flowers as nature intended then you’ll need to remember suncream as the sun is scheduled to shine this weekend! This month our gardening tips come from Richard Burnip, or Burney as we […]

  • Muddy gardens: what to do in April

    The days are longer, there’s a hint of warmth in the air, my stilettos don’t sink out of sight when I step into the garden. Yes, peeps, spring has finally sprung. And with barbecue weather just around the corner (a girl can be optimistic can’t she?), it’s time to tidy up the garden in preparation. […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    I spent the weekend in the garden. And it was lovely. I do love to head into the back yard, trowel in one hand, secateurs in the other. Perhaps it’s the country girl in me, or maybe I just like to get muddy.

  • Muddy gardens: What to do in March

    Spring has sprung. The daffodils are here, and the bluebells are on their way. But there’s a definite feeling that something more is to come – like perhaps some warmer weather. In the meantime, if your garden is anything like mine, you may need to perform a little surgery to bring it back to its […]

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