5 Ways We Are Encouraging Slugs & Snails into Our Gardens

Slugs and snails have to be THE Number One biggest challenge facing gardeners. If I could invent an effective, humane solution to stop them from eating all our plants, I would be rich on a JK Rowling scale. But I can’t and neither can any of those companies who peddle their wares promising to end…

Know Your Weeds & Get Free Plants

Many gardeners tell me they don’t know the difference between weed seedlings and the seedlings of desirable plants. There is no easy way to tell, the answer is to leave in anything you’re not sure about and wait until it gets big enough and/or flowers so you can identify it! The key to discriminate weeding…

Black Spot

At this time of year, the roses are in full flow and are flowering their socks off. It’s a constant round of deadheading the repeat flowering varieties, watering during dry periods and feeding. I have also spent the past month or so picking off any leaves showing the first signs of black spot and spraying…

Overlooked annual

Plant Profile               Viscaria oculata (syn. Silene coeli-rosa) Excellent for:             Pressing, Cut Flowers   With the current fervour for naturalistic planting schemes, it’s surprising this pretty, uncomplicated annual isn’t more widely grown. The colours advertised by various sellers seem to range from salmon-pink to pure white but I find the majority of plants bear varying tones of…