At Bath Garden Design, we are huge fans of colour in the garden, whether it is from the planting or the structures such as fences and gates, furniture and timber structures as well as walls. Colour can either perk up a grey day, of which we have had far too many lately, or it can […]
The heady old-fashioned scent of sweet peas conjures up summery memories for many people.They are very easy to grow and you will get a lot of pleasure from them so I would encourage anyone to have a go.
Garden Design, Gardening, Leisure time in the garden, Planting, Summer beauty, bedding, bedding schemes, camomile, compost, dry stone walls, glaucous, gravel, grit, hardy, House Leeks, Italian Renaissance, leaves, mint, mulch, ornamental plants, pink flowers, planting schemes, pleasure gardens, pot, Sedum, Sempervivum, soil, sunshine, tarragon, violets
Houseleeks or Sempervivum (meaning live for ever) are succulent ornamental hardy plants that have been used in pleasure gardens since around the thirteenth century. Later during the Italian Renaissance these plants were adopted for use in planting schemes as a solid massed groundcover, which also included camomile, mint, tarragon and violets.
Edibles, Gardening, Pests and Diseases, Planting, Spring, Summer broccoli, cloche, copper ring, dandelions, eggs, grit, lavender, lettuce, nematodes, pellet, pests, plants, shells, slugs, snails, sprouts
The war being waged between gardeners and slugs and snails is a never-ending one. I have been known to obsessively go out after dark during the summer months with a torch and bucket and pick the critters off my plants, much to the amusement of my family. They are then swiftly dispatched in the lane […]
Gardening, Pests and Diseases, Planting, Spring, Summer, Wildlife aubrietia, Bath Beekeepers, bee nesting box, Bees, birdbath, Borage, bumblebee, catkins, chemicals, crocuses, crops, disease, fruit, fruit trees, grass, hay meadows, hazel, heather, hedgerows, herbicides, herbs, hibernation, honey bees, larva, nectar, nests, pesticides, pollen, pond, primrose, Pulmonaira, Shrubs, slugs and snails, snowdrops, wildflowers, willow
It is well documented how much trouble our bees are in. Their decline is extremely worrying and they really need our help. This week I have been talking to Louis Hodgkin of the Bath Beekeepers Association about this very serious situation. All bees are suffering for three main reasons, disease, the widespread use of pesticides […]
Days Out, Fruit and Vegetables, Garden Design, Gardening, Landscaping, Leisure time in the garden, Pests and Diseases, Planting, Summer annuals, borders, Ceonothus, Colour, deadheading, Escallonia, feeding, flowers, Foxgloves, frost, garden, gardening, geraniums, irises, July, lupins, perennials, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, pots and containers, pruning, rhizones, scent, seed, semi-ripe, watering, weeding, Weigela, wisterial, work
I love the July garden, even mine, which although a work in progress has borders beautifully full to bursting and full of colour and scent. Ideally at this time of year we should all be enjoying our gardens and the fruits of our labour. Everything is at its peak and looking great so we should […]
Edibles, Gardening, Leisure time in the garden, Planting, Summer Bath, chilli, concentrated seaweed feed, farm, fertiliser, garlic, growing, hydroponics, Jalapeno, Jiffy 7, leaky hose watering system, nutrients, organic, peppers, pests and diseases, plants, seed, seed modules, Walled Garden Nursery, water, watering, weed control
This year I have been growing several kinds of chillies and to be honest, I’ve been struggling. They have either not grown very big or they are simply not doing anything at all and look rather sad. I decided to go and see Alex Duck of the Upton Cheney Chilli Farm at Manor Farm near […]