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Iris reticulata and winter pots PHOTO: Olga Fil and Gernot /Pixabay

Winter pots and containers

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By Sally Gregson. When the frosts have all but destroyed the autumn-planted pots of pansies, and the cold weather has set in, it’s a good...
Guy Barter

What will 2023 bring for gardeners?

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RHS chief horticulturalist, Guy Barter, on what to expect this year… Planet-friendly gardening Our 2023 predictions are centred on the move towards planet-friendly gardening, with gardeners...
Cut off a frond of P. setiferum, displaying the fernlets, and pin it down on a tray of cuttings compost to make more of itself

Spring green for winter gardens

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By Sally Gregson. In winter gardeners tend to rely on evergreens and the occasional spark of flower to give their gardens interest and pizazz. And those...
A garden designer’s knowledge and expertise can save time and money PHOTO: eleus500/Pixabay

Time to call in a garden designer?

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By Sally Gregson. At this season, and especially last year, we have looked at our gardens struggling through the long drought, now under snow and...
The fat globes of Pinus pungens ‘Globosa’ reach 45-75cm in height and 60-75cm spread over ten years.

It’s time for a re-think on conifers

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By Sally Gregson. IT often comes as a surprise that plants suffer the vagaries of fashion but it seems that certain plants, genera, entire classes...
Seed-raised pelargoniums, or geraniums, are a good way of filling summer pots and window-boxes with colourful flowers PHOTO: Rita-und-mit/Pixabay

Ins and outs of sowing pelargoniums

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By Sally Gregson. AFTER the pleasures and pains of Christmas are over and gone for another year, there is a hiatus, a lull, in festivities....
Wealthier gardeners in the 17th and 18th centuries would construct ‘orangeries’ with glass walls to grow citrus fruits PHOTO: marioosh/Pixabay

Colourful history of oranges and lemons

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By Sally Gregson. The arrival in northern Europe of citrus fruits is a history of shanties and legends – of sea-faring travellers and Roman legions....
It is becoming increasingly popular to string lights around trees and along the edge of a terrace PHOTO: Jason Goh/Pixabay

How to bring light into the garden

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By Sally Gregson. At this dark time of the year, it is a natural human instinct to value light and the faint winter sunshine. It’s the...
Birds get up at sunrise and eat every ripe berry, says Sally Gregson PHOTO: Mike/ Pixabay

Get set now for fruitful harvest

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By Sally Gregson. The sight of soft red fruit ripening in the sun is as mouth-watering – or beak-watering – to any passing bird as...
It’s easy to construct a fruit-cage with treated timber and fine-grade wire mesh

Time is right to build your fruit cage

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By Sally Gregson. After such a dry summer when every bird and small mammal seemed intent on eating anything juicy, be it strawberries, raspberries or...

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Winter pots and containers

0
By Sally Gregson. When the frosts have all but destroyed the autumn-planted pots of pansies, and the cold weather has set in, it’s a good...

What will 2023 bring for gardeners?

0
RHS chief horticulturalist, Guy Barter, on what to expect this year… Planet-friendly gardening Our 2023 predictions are centred on the move towards planet-friendly gardening, with gardeners...

Spring green for winter gardens

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By Sally Gregson. In winter gardeners tend to rely on evergreens and the occasional spark of flower to give their gardens interest and pizazz. And those...