Spring Has Finally Arrived!

With what has been an extremely cold year thus far spring has finally decided to spring itself upon us. The snow that was covering the ground has finally melted, the evenings are beginning to get longer and the weather is starting to warm up ever so slightly.
We all know that you can’t keep a good gardener out of the garden for too long before our green fingers start to become itchy fingers. So it’s finally time to get out there and give the garden a good old spring clean.

Where do you start?
Well the shed or the fence can always do with sanding down and a lick of paint to help extend its life and keep it looking nice and fresh.  There are so many new colours of wood stains and different paints all which can be picked up relatively cheap from your local hardware store and really do help preserve the wood.

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How to make sure your garden is full of colour next Spring!

spring bulbs

Believe it or not Autumn is officially here and I am already talking about Spring! Forget the dark winter nights, frosty mornings and rainy days and think colourful gardens, birds singing and swaying daffodils and you will be on my wave length!

Seriously the best time to plant your daffodils, crocus and hyacinth is before the first frost, so at the end of September (plant tulips in November), there’s no point wishing your garden looked as colourful as your neighbours in March and April, you need to act now!

First you need to buy your bulbs from a reputable centre and find a good location in your garden. Most hardy bulbs like tulips and daffodils prefer a warm, sunny position with good drainage, you can improve your soil with compost and grit if needs be.

Plant in groups of no less than six, the more in a group the better the display, and follow our easy guide below.

  1. Dig a hole deep & wide enough for your bulbs. Work out the planting depth by roughly measuring the bulb from base to tip and doubling or tripling this length – this figure is the rough planting depth. For example, a 5cm (2in) high bulb should be 10-15cm (4-6in) below soil level
  2. Place the bulbs in the hole with their or shoot (pointy end), facing upwards.
  3. Space them at least twice the bulb’s own width apart.
  4. Replace the soil and gently firm with the back of a rake. Avoid treading on the soil as this can damage the bulbs.

Another great idea is to transform your tired lawn into a fabulous display of colour. Simply throw bulbs up in the air and plant them exactly where they land in the grass. This will make it look as though they have decided to grow there by themselves. Remember to allow plants to die down after flowering before mowing over the lawn, this will give you continued colour year after year.

If you prefer to lift your bulbs after flowering (I advise to do this with any summer bulbs such as arum lilies as they are not hardy enough to withstand the winter), lift and clean once the foliage has died down. Trim back the roots and discard any damaged bulbs.

Lay the bulbs on a tray to dry for 24 hours and then dust lightly with sulphur (from garden centres) to help prevent fungal rots developing and put bulbs in a dry, cool place to store, preferably a metal bulb storage tin to preserve them.

Enjoy your planting, the effort you put in now will pay off next year and your garden will be the envy of all!

Spring is in the air!

spring is in the air

March the 29th is just around the corner and probably one of the happiest times of the year for most of us. Why? I hear you cry. Simple, the clocks go forward and officially summer time begins.

Now we all know it takes a while for the temperature to rise but at least we are at the beginning, Spring is in the air and Winter will soon be a distant memory.

The best way to embrace this time of year is to get out in the garden, start ridding your vegetable patch of leaves and debris, give the lawn its first trim and start planning for the summer. It won’t be long before the weeds start growing so this is probably a gardeners busiest time of year and every minute counts.

Early spring is the best time to prune shrubs and trees, and cut back your hydrangeas to a healthy bud. And if you want the garden to look tip top, a good idea is to edge your beds and borders with shears for a nice clean line. This is the perfect time to plant your hardy annuals like Pot Marigolds and Californian Poppies for some spectacular Summer colour.

When it comes to your organic vegetable plot now is the time to sow Broad Beans, Parsnips, Carrots and Peas. Sow straight into a well-prepared soil, no need to add manure just fork over lightly and apply a top dressing of general fertiliser, and if you are fortunate enough to live in a milder area you can plant your potatoes too!

With all this work going on you will need to make sure your tools are up to the job, how about treating yourself to a lovely set of Joules gardening tools and why not go the whole hog and throw in a pair of matching Joules gardening gloves, after all with all your hard work you deserve a treat!

And talking of treats don’t forget Easter is fast approaching so you can take a well earned rest, put your feet up and munch away on chocolate Easter eggs!

Happy Gardening x

Wedding season is upon us!

Be insipired with our beautiful and innovative wedding creations.

We have an excellent range of decorative ideas ranging from cream and crystal candle holders to silver heart table cloth weights (perfect for the marquee event!).

A lovely romantic idea is to decorate the end of church pews with decorative hearts, we have white willow, when intertwined with rose garlands look gorgeous.

A wedding favour with a difference would be our slate hearts. Small and petite, great for place cards. Write their name on one side and on the reverse a little message to take home and keep.