Garden Adventures

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Six on Saturday - Delightful Daffodils

    Six on Saturday - Delightful Daffodils

    This week’s Six on Saturday is wonderfully upbeat; Phil is sharing stunning images of the different varieties of daffodils he’s growing in his garden. He could use a hand identifying them too.

    Surely these photos prove the bad weather is finally behind us and spring is here to stay!

    Don’t forget to head over to the The

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  10. #ididthat - The Purest Joy of Gardening

    GLG's Emily with her daffodils‘I did that,’ gushed GLG’s very own Emily as she photographed the rewards of her hard work last autumn.

    Beautiful daffs where daffs weren’t before. And those three words, ‘I did that’, surely express the joy and pure emotional connection we all have with gardening. From a lumpen dormant bulb burst forth glorious yellow blooms. Marvellous.


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