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Gardening & Planting Archive

May 17, 2024
Dene Wood, Head Gardener at Clumber Park.
There’s a saying that May gets its name because it ‘may’ scorch, it ‘may’ rain or it ‘may’ snow. Monitoring the forecast for late frosts, windy days, and dry spells pays dividends.

Jan 12, 2024
Dene Wood, Head Gardener at Clumber Park.
The shortest day has passed, and spring is inbound. While this is soul-nourishing news, do try to savour the winter months. The long shadows and the breath-taking sunrises and sunsets that bookend our day are obvious highlights. Snowdrops, Iris and Daffodil provide most of the flower now, but it won’t be long before the Blackthorn lights up our hedgerows with its blossom.

Sep 8, 2023
Dene Wood, Head Gardener at Clumber Park.
Your soil is now warm enough to encourage root growth and stays consistently moist so is the perfect time for planting most perennials, shrubs and trees. With bareroot season near, think about taking advantage of cheaper plants sold this way.

Feb 3, 2022
beautiful bouquet
In 2003, Kay realised that there was a real niche for wedding flowers. Many of the customers at the florist she worked at were bridal and it created additional workload on the other floristry services they were providing. Thus, the idea for Flowers by Kay was born and she took the bold steps to set up on her own. The business has gone from strength to strength, with couples now booking even a year in advance for her wonderful designs and personable service.

Jun 25, 2021
Becoming a green thumb
Summer really does bring out the best in our gardens and is the time of year when we can truly celebrate our lawns. It provides that all important centrepiece for relaxation and de-stressing as well as being an area to revitalise and rejuvenate. Your lawn acts as an extension of your home and provides the most amazing area for socialising and entertaining guests.

Jun 8, 2021
the hungry month
For years we opened up our gardens to the public in June to raise money for the National Garden Scheme charities. I never know why we chose June because our garden always seemed dull and uncolorful then compared to the months before and after. 

Feb 21, 2021
Sarah Murch
How good it feels to be turning a corner on a long, wet winter and peering into Spring. The sap is rising, soil warming, days are stretching out and like many gardeners, I’m itching to get out in my garden, full of renewed vigour, developing new areas for our family, visitors and menagerie of animals to enjoy.

Jan 1, 2021
Winter Gardens
Winter is the season I enjoy my garden best. It slows into an undemanding, peaceful space where I can relax and step off the treadmill. It’s a time to absorb and observe. And marvel. For there is so much beauty in the winter garden for a quiet observer.