April 9, 2020
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden” Ruth Stout
Ruth Imogen Stout was an American author best known for her “No-Work” gardening books and techniques.
She adopted a year-round mulch technique which virtually eliminated the labour associated with traditional gardening- Her minimalist approach!
She wrote such titles as How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back (1955) and I’ve Always Done It My Way. New York (1975).
We featured this quote in our newsletter last April, we wanted to share it with you again as it seemed so appropriate for many of us now.Continue Reading
March 2, 2020
Welcome to March 2020
It’s sow time! OK, so you may have already started off a few chillies and sweet peas, but March is the true start of the busy sowing months. In fact, it’s a busy month for all things gardening, not just seeds. Onion sets need to be planted, winter weeding completed, bare-root trees planted and, should the rain ever stop, the lawn could do with a first mow.Continue Reading
January 29, 2020
February is not well-loved. When did you ever hear anyone say it was their favourite month? In February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots lost her head and in 1958 the first parking meters appeared in London. And on top of that, it is often cold, dark, dank and damp. But (thank goodness for a but) the days are getting longer, and the first hints of spring are showing.
Snowdrops and early daffodils are in bloom as are hellebores and, here in Devon, our county flower, the primrose, is cheerfully brightening the grass verges and woodland.
December 30, 2019
Wishing you Happy Gardening During 2020!
January is not an easy month to love. When did you ever hear someone say, “January is my favourite month”? Christmas is over, the days are short, the nights long and the weather can be pretty grim. Even the garden birds are miserable. So, we have a choice. We can be grumpy and hide under the duvet or we can wrap up warm and get outdoors. Snowdrops will be in flower this month and a walk through swathes of pure white will help lift the spirits. Alternatively, there are always jobs to do in the garden.
Did you make any new year resolutions? Have you broken them yet? 😊
November 29, 2019
The month with the shortest days and the longest nights, we can only hope that December’s daylight hours are cold and crisp with clear blue skies. Such days can be filled with warming winter digging and pruning, plus raking up and bagging the last of the fallen leaves.