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The Westmorland Gazette /lifestyle/gardening/

Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:02:58 +0000

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:02:58 +0000


Dinner time drama as a 'friend' drops in

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:02:13 +0100

HOW did that happen? It’s August! Hopefully your plot is brimming with fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Vix has got allotment envy!

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:06:00 +0100

I FEEL like my plot is a month behind the rest of the country. I keep getting emails from wonderful growers saying they have a glut of courgettes, what should they do with them all (personally I hand them out to the old folk on my road).

Be patient and your work will start to bear fruit

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 06:27:00 +0100

FOR 11 years I’ve been trying to grow honeyberries. I bought a sad old twig, you know the story, last plant in the shop type of thing.

Flower show to return for third year

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0100

THE award winning Chorley flower show will return for a third year.

Take a gamble, plant your spuds early

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:09:21 +0100

SO for the past couple of years I had completely stopped planting early spuds until May. I found the earth was so cold and wet it would rot off the seed potatoes and they would be over run with slug damage.

Let the rhubarb harvest begin!

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:35:37 +0100

LAST weekend was a bit of a triumph for me, I finally had my first decent harvest from the allotment. Basket in hand (a proper basket or trug is an essential item for any allotmentier) I went down the plot with only one thing on my mind, crumble.

Allotment guru Vix's DIY festive ornaments

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 06:09:17 +0000

HAVING an allotment is not all about the edible stuff you grow, it's also the flowers and amazing seed heads you can collect too. For the past few years I've dumped the tinsel on my tree, long gone are the baubles; now we decorate our tree with the amazing things we find on our allotment.

Top tips to help through holidays

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:08:05 +0100

There is no reason your garden has to end up looking like a sea of straggly, wilted plants while you’re on holiday, even if you don’t have neighbours or friends who’ll water it while you are away.

Make sure compost is not past its best

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:39:48 +0100

Bags of old compost are still being sold in garden centres and DIY stores, with no indication of the date of production on the packaging, according to a report in the latest edition of Which? Gardening, the Consumers’ Association magazine.

Diarmuid Gavin talks ideal gardens ahead of top show

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:13:27 +0100

IDEAL gardens are equally as important as ideal homes, especially if you’re in competition with ambitious designers and celebrities who are passionate about their field of expertise.

Can you spot the bluebell invaders?

Mon, 12 May 2014 10:20:50 +0100

THIS month, bluebells are flowering in woodlands across our county.

On a misson to see off popular myths

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:32:10 +0100

IF you think ivy kills trees, watering scorches leaves and digging is always needed to control weeds, think again.

Gardening: Ready, sett, go for a badger-free lawn

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:11:41 +0100

WALKING up my garden path a few weeks ago, I discovered great clumps missing from my lawn, and that the resulting holes had been used as some sort of animal toilet.

Right time to sniff out wild garlic

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:33:44 +0100

SMELL is not often a sense we associate with wildlife watching, unlike sight, through binoculars, touch, through the fingers, and even taste.

Hailing the hardiest of small plants

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000

WITH each day getting slightly warmer, we can now start rooting through the undergrowth for new woodland flowers.

Nature: This flower has a drop of magic

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:50:42 +0000

HAPPY new year everyone! I hope you have had a chance to get outdoors in search of the fantastic wildlife we have right here in Bolton.

Join in survey of feathered friends

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:07:19 +0000

FOR many of us, so far this winter, things have been strangely quiet on the garden birds front.

Some blooming great reads for you

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:55:37 +0000

Whether you’re a grow-your-own beginner, or a more experienced enthusiast wanting to try something new, there’s a wealth of inspirational and educational horticultural reads out there this festive season. Here’s a few of the best.

Trees-y does it with a range of top Christmas tips

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:13:10 +0000

It’s Christmas tree time and you are probably eager to purchase a festive fir ... but make sure to do a little groundwork before you buy.

Don’t give ground to a parking space

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:31:43 +0000

Having a place to park a car by your home is important, there’s no arguing that. But is it more important than having an open green space to welcome you, visitors and nature to your front door?

Campaign for kids to ‘go wild’ outdoors

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:14:05 +0000

ARE the UK’s children the first generation to lose contact with the natural world?

Best of the bunch: Laurel (Prunus)

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:50:02 +0000

Many varieties of prunus, including flowering cherries and plums, are deciduous, but the evergreen types are excellent for screening and hedging, as their large glossy leaves and dense growth hide ugly views and deter intruders.

Nature: A berry good way to feed the birds

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:48:24 +0000

CRANBERRIES are the staple fruit of Christmas, creating the sauce synonymous with turkey or adding warmth to winter punches, relishes and jellies.

A bunch of late bloomers

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:48:18 +0000

Autumn is when the trees take over, when we gaze up in awe as leaves blush from green to red and gold.

Me and My Garden: Vicky Cronshaw

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:42:01 +0100

Vicky Cronshaw of Darwen who recently won the small yard category in Whitehall in Bloom

Me and My Garden: Eileen Jolly

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:49:47 +0100

Eileen Jolly from Clayton-le-Woods shares the secrets of her flora-packed back garden which provides a splash of colour throughout the year . . .

Me and My Garden: Norman Taylor

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:59:45 +0100

Norman Taylor on his award-winning garden in Trawden. Norman has recently won the best medium sized garden category at the Trawden Garden Festival.

Me and my garden: Susan Farmer on her garden at Varley Farm Bolton-by-Bowland in the Ribble Valley

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:31:13 +0100

Susan has been developing her one and a half acre garden for nine years. Varley Farm has wonderful views across the Forest of Bowland and Pendle, including a Herbaceous lawned cottage garden, flagged herb garden, and walled gravel garden.

Me and My Garden: the Hon Ralph Assheton

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:01:55 +0100

Downham Hall boasts beautiful flowers, lawns, shrubberies, vegetables...and a spectacular panorama of Pendle Hill . . .

Me and My Garden: Jean Kay

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:18:07 +0100

Jean Kay reveals what it is like to be responsible for the garden of her historic home, Great Mitton Hall, which dates to Medieval times

Me and My Garden: Carole Ann Powers

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:43:54 +0100

Carole Ann Powers on the garden she tends with husband Stephen in Whalley

Me and My Garden: Joy Heffernan

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:57:04 +0100

Joy Heffernan’s garden in Balderstone is a living history of her family’s life, from the eight-acre wood to her beloved quince trees

Me & My Garden: Anne Callaghan

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:31:17 +0100

Anne Callaghan, one of the organisers of the Fence open gardens weekend, on her pride and joy . . .

Me & My Garden: Maureen Geldard

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:27:22 +0100

Maureen Geldard reveals the secrets of the cottage garden she tends with husband Nick in Pendleton . . .

Column: Love takes root

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000

Valentine’s Day will come and go, but you can create a lover’s paradise in your outdoor space, incorporating all the senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and sound.

Young and green

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:25:12 +0000

Older gardeners could pick up some tips from a new generation of young horticulturists who have grown up with the eco-friendly, sustainability mentality.

Gardening blog: Help our helpers

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:09:53 +0000

A third of us are actively trying to encourage wildlife into our gardens — an increase of more than 30 per cent compared with four years ago, according to research by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).

Blog: Butterflies’ SOS

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:59:10 +0100

Butterflies have long been among the prettiest visitors to the British garden, feeding on buddleia

COLUMN: Mulching is worth it

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:30:07 +0100

MULCHING is such a useful process and so simple.

COLUMN : Canny evergreens

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:30:38 +0100

Canny gardeners can make use of evergreen flowering shrubs, topiary and textured plants during the summer months

Patio plants for summer

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:07:52 +0100

As summer beckons, many gardeners will now be deciding which patio plants to feature in their scheme, but it’s a difficult job as there’s so much choice and plants can vary greatly in quality.

Tough, hardy perennials, daylilies earn their place in the garden

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:40:00 +0100

With a name like ‘Daylily’ you might take some convincing that these particular flowers make a worthwhile and long-lasting impact in the garden. Even their scientific name of Hemerocallis in translation tells the same story - ‘beautiful for a day.’ There is certainly some truth in this title through the short lived nature of the flowers. Each individual bloom opens at dawn and is done for by dusk. But fortunately for us, there are always plenty more ready to open the next day, and they continue to put on a good show for just as long as their neighbours.

Chillis spice up the greenhouse

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 08:20:00 +0100

Some like it hot - but others may not. As far as spicy food goes, I’m certainly in the latter camp, but realise I am in something of a minority as modern tastes yearn for new, exotic and ever hotter culinary challenges.

Catmint - delightful and dependable

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:30:00 +0100

Catmint, though never a centre-stage, star performer would win prizes for its supporting roles. Always dependable and always delightful, this hardy herbaceous perennial brings joy in a subtle and relatively subdued way for many months every year. More extrovert, flashier flowers burn up and out in a fraction of that time.

Opium Poppies are ephemeral beauties

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:30:00 +0100

A garden’s structure is made up of the long established elements of walls, steps and pathways. Alongside these, there are the seemingly permanent fixtures of trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers. Herbaceous plants return to fill their allotted space year after year, so it is often down to our use of annuals to introduce an exciting element of change into the scene. Through them, the artistic gardener can experiment and paint with an ever changing palette of colour and form.

Giant Scabious has a big personality

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:50:00 +0100

PLANTS are like people. Some are challenging to keep and cultivate, while others are easygoing and content to merge into the background. Then there are those few flamboyant performers who like to take centre stage. Too many of the latter could be hard work, but now and again in life and the garden these characters can lift the scene.

Red Rose of Lancaster - a rose of great antiquity

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 08:50:00 +0100

MIDSUMMER is when roses really begin to get going, and for the true old roses it is their only period of bloom. What these may lack in repeat flowering, they more than make up for in the quantity and quality of their annual display.

The much celebrated ‘wildflower meadow'

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:30:00 +0100

FOR some, endless time and money can be spent in keeping lawns pure, producing the ultimate in soft, green velvet carpeting, set off to perfection in alternating stripes. Wondrous to behold, and an admirable garden element for those with the energy and inclination to produce it.

Lilium pyrenaicum is the one for me

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:00:00 +0100

LILIES can be some of the most opulent and extravagant flowers in the garden. Their huge, waxy pendant blooms often providing a deep, overpoweringly heady, sweet scent. Gorgeous illustrations in the bulb catalogues prove almost irresistible.

Flowers of thistle Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum will earn their place in your border

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0100

THISTLES are some of the most pernicious and obnoxious weeds ever invented. The standard farmer’s nightmare version spreads far and wide via tough underground roving roots, and sends forth clouds of airborne seeds to colonise pastures new. Its fiercely prickly nature ensures grazing animals won’t touch it, and its ambitions for world domination have seen laws passed against it. Approaching them in anything less than stout boots, thornproof clothing and leather gloves is not to be recommended.