Monthly Archives: December 2017

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Specialist Shrubs Giveaway

    Specialist Shrubs Giveaway

    Give your 2018 garden a head start with our latest exciting giveaway which gives you the chance to win 3 stunning shrubs. The winner will receive a rhododendron, a camellia and an azalea - worth over £50 and sure to brighten up your garden in the new year.

    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 Specialist Shrubs Giveaway post. Easy!

    Deadline for entry is midnight on Tuesday 19th December 2017. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 20th December 2017. Terms and Conditions are available below.

    Visit our Facebook page here.

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  4. Water, Water Everywhere...

    Water, Water Everywhere...

    Water, water everywhere… but none coming out of my hosepipe.

    OK, you’re tucked up cosy by the log burner eating mince pies but there are already reports that we are going to struggle for water this summer. And that means hosepipe bans for gardeners. Of course, it does. After all, we are bad people. Aren't we?

    inside a car washI was musing this after driving past a golf course and sitting in a car wash (in my car). Just how many gallons of water are used to keep the greens green and the car wash washing?  Well, let me tell you.


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  5. Mystic Phil Sees into the Future

    Mystic Phil Sees into the Future

    Cross my palm with silver and I will gaze into my crystals balls (oh stop it matron) and predict what will be happening in the future. Really, I will.

    And that’s because gardening is based on looking ahead, planning and predicting the future.

    digital greenhouse thermometerAll of this Mystic Phil stuff cropped up when I fitted a new thermostat to my greenhouse heater. I plugged it in and sat back. Then thought about it. I set the temperature for the heater to click into action at 2C. It’s all my plants need at the moment - a few spiky cacti that won’t take the frost and some s

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