Category Archives for Gardening Calendar

The Right Plants for the Right Place

The art of good gardening lies in knowing what to plant where. It’s quite easy to find out what individual plants need — for example sun or shade, damp or well drained soil — if you buy plants from a … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Winter Gardening Calendar

DECEMBER Chief source of massed colour this month is provided by the foliage of evergreens, particularly those variegated or coloured with gold or yellow, or of a fresh green colour. Viburnum bodnantense provides clusters of pink flowers at its shoot … Continue reading

02. July 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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Autumn Gardening Calendar

SEPTEMBER Many berrying trees and shrubs add extra colour at this time, including cotoneasters, pernettyas, cultivars of the mountain ash (Sorbus), and the firethorns (Pyracantha). Some of the first glowing autumn leaf colouring is provided by the snowy mespilus (Amelanchier), … Continue reading

02. July 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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Summer Gardening Calendar

JUNE A whole host of hardy border plants, such as pinks (Dianthus), delphiniums, lupins, peonies, day lilies, and oriental poppies, burst into flower this month, together with many of the hardy annuals sown earlier. New shrubs to flower include the … Continue reading

02. July 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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Spring Gardening Calendar

MARCH Bulbs make an important impact on the garden scene this month, as the winter-flowering crocuses flower in profusion and the blue, mauve, and purple cultivars of Iris reticulata come into full bloom, together with chionodoxas, Scilla sibirica, Anemone blanda, … Continue reading

02. July 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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The Garden During Summer Holidays

Careful planning can overcome most of the difficulties presented by leaving a garden untended during the growing and harvesting seasons. The following checklist can help you return to a healthy and not too overgrown garden after your holidays: TWO WEEKS … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: November in the British Garden

WEATHER The warm days of an ‘Indian summer’ may make the early part of November an extension of autumn. But the later part usually brings the frost, fog and sunless days of winter. GARDEN FLOWERS The Kaffir lily still provides … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: December in the British Garden

WEATHER December is the month of least sun but not necessarily of the coldest weather. GARDEN ELOWERS A few hardy flowers still brave the elements, including Adonis amurensis and the little Iris unguicularis, which will continue to bloom intermittently throughout … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: October in the British Garden

WEATHER The quietness of September may be extended well into the month. But October, the wettest month of the year, often brings the first fogs of the winter. GARDEN FLOWERS There are fewer flowers in the garden now, though aconitum … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: August in the British Garden

WEATHER Like July, this may be a wet month, al-though there are usually periods of fine weather too. The days begin to shorten towards the end of the month. GARDEN FLOWERS There is already a suggestion of autumn in the … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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