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  1. Top 10 Hardy Annuals

    Top 10 Hardy Annuals

    In this Top Ten List, our garden expert - Phil McCann - has compiled his favourite Hardy Annuals.

    What is a hardy annual? An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one year, and then dies. These tend to be your bedding plants. A hardy plant is one that will tolerate light frosts - so they are particularly good spring plants where we can still be caught out be the frosts.

    1. Poached egg plants

    (limanthes douglasii)

    Loved by the bess, the fattened flower heads are a soft buttery yellow and white. Simple to grow and a real boon in the wildlife garden.

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  2. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - A Proper Chelsea Belter

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - A Proper Chelsea Belter

    A Proper Chelsea Belter

    It was an honour and privilege to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower show on press day. It gave me a fantastic chance to get up close to the gardens and plants (and some celebs as well) and appreciate the excellence in horticulture everyone produced. And truly, it was excellent.

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show wildflowers

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  3. Showtime! The RHS Malvern Spring Festival

    Showtime! The RHS Malvern Spring Festival

    Showtime at Malvern Spring Festival and Some Top Gardening Tips from You

    RHS Malvern Spring Festival LogoI, or we, are recovering from the Malvern Spring Festival. This annual RHS Flower Show has it all: show gardens, stalls and stalls of great gardening products, delicious culinary delights, crafts, fabulous school gardens, competitions for you diehard gardeners, and lots more. This year there were even goats! Nestled in the sunshine under the Malvern Hills, it’s a beautiful place for garden aficionados – beginners and experts alike – to spend a day or two.

    So, of course, GLG couldn’t miss out. Some of our top products in hand

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  4. They're Back! And this time they're nesting.

    They're Back! And this time they're nesting.

    The blackbirds are back.

    And for avid readers of this blog, and I know that’s at least two of you, you will know this isn't the first time I have experienced these birds in my garden.

    Last year I had to deal with a young blackbird in the house. Scary, messy but I’ll be honest, I coped, sorted it and I now know they are grateful. They are back. And nesting.

    I was slumped in my favourite garden chair when I was buzzed by a blackbird. It screamed overhead and with an amazing dexterity, snuck into the top of my wood store next to the house. Now, the woodpile is low, it is after all spring, and is the perfect spot if you wanted to build a nest. Sheltered, shady, out of the way...

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  5. Once Every Three Days - Adventures in Pet-Sitting

    There’s a lot going on in the world and if we stop to think about it, chances are stress levels will rise. But mine are already beyond snapping point as I was recently given the biggest responsibility anyone can ever have - looking after the neighbour’s fish.

    UK Weather Map on a Hot DayThey’ve gone on holiday and asked me to do a simple job. ‘Feed the fish once every three days and only use a handful of fish food.’ There - easy to follow instructions.

    The problem is that their trip away coincided with what I hope they realize was a ‘phew wot a scorcher’ type of week of weather with railway

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  6. The Village Show - Judgement Day!

    The Village Show - Judgement Day!

    An old sketch of a judgeDaily Daff: ‘Village show in uproar as judge condemns biscuits to second place’

    All rise. The Court of the Village Show is now in session, the Honourable Judge McCann presiding. And so, at 10.00am the other Saturday, I began judging at our local spring horticultural show. And what pressure.


    For the record I love village shows. I do my best to actually exhibit some of my plants and produce wherever possible. But this year, or this spring, having been volunteered to judge, I couldn't very well put my own auriculas in the show. Can you imagine the uproar as I ca

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  7. Cats in the Garden - more grrr than purrr!

    Cats in the Garden - more grrr than purrr!

    I understand why some people like cats.

    Really, I do. All that companionship, stroking, purring stuff. But, as a gardener, I have to put my gardening gloved hand up and say, ‘No to cats.’  Here’s why.

    Cat in the Flower Bed

    They poop in my veg garden. There, I’ve said it. Honestly, I spent ages the other weekend preparing the soil in readiness for my carrots, parsnips, lettuce, radish and every other veg cur

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  8. Spring Gloves Giveaway

    Spring Gloves Giveaway

    It's GIVEAWAY TIME here at Great Little Garden! We are picking 10 lucky winners to win a pair of Essential gardening gloves each!

    To be in the chance of winning, simply post your spring picture in the comments below or tag us in a picture on your wall. We will then pick 10 lucky winners, easy!

    Deadline for entry is midday on Thursday 26th April 2018. The winner will be announced on Friday 27th April 2018. Terms and Conditions are available below.

    Visit our Facebook page here.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competiti
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  9. An Official Apology

    Bad Weather - Wet Field

    I need to apologise.

    Phil's FloodThe rubbish weather we’ve recently experienced at the start of spring is all my fault. I take full responsibility, I will try to do better and no one else was involved. I will try to be a force for good (weather) in the future. I will accept my punishment and get

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  10. Quality Time with Children in the Garden

    Family Time in the GardenMost school children are off school for a week or two and your garden is waking up from its long, enforced cold slumbers. What a perfect opportunity to get into gardening.

    Child Watering in the GardenGardening is fantastic for children to get involved in.

    Think of all that exercise, f

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