The Great Little Garden Blog

  1. Why I Love My Garden

    Why I Love My Garden

    Why do I love my garden?

    Phil's garden shed, log pile, garden spade

    Plants. Obviously. Compost heaps. How seeds never fail to amaze. Annual excitement when I see green shoots of seedlings. The smell of a new shed.

    The smell of an old shed. Stacks of wood for burning. A stainless-steel spade (clean).

    The crunching sound of breaking through the ice crust on freshly dug soil. The smell of soil after a shower of rain in a hot spell of weather.

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  2. Six on a Saturday

    Six on Saturday February Flowers

    Are you unsure of which plants you should be growing in your garden and greenhouse at this time of year? Perhaps you’re just looking for some inspiration? Either way, you’re in luck. Our expert Phil McCann has given us a sneak peek into his garden, sharing some fantastic snaps with his take on the popular meme ‘Six on Saturday’, hosted by fellow gardening blogger The Propagator .

    Why not visit his site and check out all the links in the comments section o

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  3. Rhododendron Nova Zembla Giveaway

    Rhododendron Nova Zembla Giveaway

    Give your 2018 garden a head start with our latest exciting giveaway which gives you the chance to win a stunning Rhododendron Nova Zembla (7.5 Ltr) from our new range!

    All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is like our Facebook page then like & share our Rhododendron Nova Zembla post. Easy!

    Deadline for entry is Midday on Monday 12th February 2018. The winner will be announced on Monday 12th February 2018 after Middway. Terms and Conditions are available below.

    Visit our Facebook page here.


    Read about this gorgeous plants below

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  4. Love Is in The Air (Plants Are in Stock)….

    Love Is in The Air (Plants Are in Stock)….

    ‘Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.

    Love is in the air, every sight and every sound.

    And I don't know if I'm being foolish,

    Don't know if I'm being wise,

    But it's something that I must believe in

    And it's there when I look in your eyes.’

    Now try and get that tune out of your head! But yes, love is in the air as Valentine's Day is upon us. Nearly. Close enough to start panicking. Not for lack of cards on the big day - I’ve got used to

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  5. No Room? No Excuse!

    beautiful container garden

    We've all done it. We will all do it again. Buy a plant and then think about where to put it in the garden. Only to find the garden is full. No more spare soil. No space. Full. That’s it. What a waste of money. Well, all I say is, “Rubbish!” Containers are the answer.

    It’s a bold statement but one I am going to make anyway: everything will grow in a container.

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  6. Back to Front - a new trend

    Back to Front - a new trend

    I was staggered to read that the current interior trend is to stack your books with their spines to the wall.

    books back to frontback to front bookshelf interior design

    Yep, so you can’t see the titles. Apparently, it creates a calming atmosphere and the sculptural qualities of the books comes to the fore. It also negates the worry (worry? what worry?) of how to group yo

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  7. Meet John Harrison of the Allotment Garden

    Meet John Harrison of the Allotment Garden

    As we head closer to spring, thoughts turn to our Grow Your Own planning. What better place to do that growing than an allotment? All that dedicated space for your fruit and veg! With this in mind, we thought you'd love to meet John Harrison. He is the founder of the website Allotment Garden and author of accompanying books. He shares with us how he got started and some of his allotment growing advice.


    Why did you start 'Allotment Garden'?

    It started almost by accident! Back around 2003 I was working in web design and decided to put my gardening diary online and use the site as a test bed for developing software.

    How has Allotment Garden changed since it started?

    Well, people started visiting and following my diary. Then they started asking m

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  8. The Best New Year Resolutions to Make

    The Best New Year Resolutions to Make

    New Year Resolutions ListNew year resolutions are busy being broken all around the country. I’ve done a quick roundup of friends (that didn’t take long); family (I’ll be honest, they weren’t playing); and the internet (a constant friend and part of the family) and found that, as I expected, losing weight, getting fit, saving cash and generally being really nice to everyone are top of the resolution charts.

    And so, in time honoured fashion, I will now publicly share my own resolutions. If any of you catch me breaking any of them you can shame me where you wish. I mean Facebook, Twitter and all that kind of stuff we do here. Equally, I will keep you

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  9. Naked in the Veg Plot

    Naked in the Veg Plot

    frog proposingI happened to hear a little bit of Desert Island Discs on the radio the other day and the castaway was Kelsey Grammer. No, not a school in a Scottish borders town but the actor who played Frasier Crane in Cheers, Frasier and, of course, the voice of Stinky Pete in the film Toy Story 2. As ever, the programme was entertaining. Especially when Kelsey started talking about how he proposed to his wife. Or to be exact, where.

    In his unmistakable tones, he divulged the fact he proposed to his then partner in their veg garden whilst naked.


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  10. Xylella - What You Need to Know

    Xylella - What You Need to Know

    I don’t want to be a Scrooge figure but just before you get stuck into the mince pies and sprouts, take a minute or two to think about your garden. Chances are you will need a plant or two to bulk up a border or redesign a bed in the coming year. But that’s where you need to sit back, take a breath and consider where the plants come from.



    Almond tree with xylella diseaseThe thing is there’s a new disease on the block and it causing British nursery folk sleepless nights. It’s a disease called xylella (pronounced zy-lell-a)

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