Shady Characters

Geranium Macrorrhizum

Lots of shade loving plants come into their own early in the year whilst there are no leaves on the trees to block out valuable sunlight. Once they have flowered, many then concentrate on making huge leaves through what is left of the growing season or go into dormancy, dying back underground until they re-emerge the following spring to grow at an alarming rate. One…Read More

Dealing with the Unseasonably Wet Weather

Flooded Gardens

Many of us will be worried by recent weather events and how they will affect our gardens and more specifically the plants in them. Here at Notcutts we have put together a few guidelines to help gardeners deal with the aftermath. Don’t be too quick to condemn plants in the spring. Just because a plant hasn’t begun to grow away doesn’t mean that it won’t….Read More

A winter garden with signs of spring

Ancient woodland in West Cornwall

After a wet and windy Christmas the garden looks very dishevelled, but already there are signs of spring. More Daffodils are beginning to shoot through the ground, their green leaves standing defiantly in the now sodden soil and winter flowers are being coaxed from their buds adding flashes of colour. The beauty of mature trees never ceases to make me smile and through the winter…Read More

The first signs of spring in the garden

Helleborus x hybridus 'Betty Rannicar'

The high winds of late have hit our garden but still the first signs of spring won’t be defeated. Bright yellow Daffodils are popping up everywhere, bowing their heads in recognition of the strength of the wind and Snowdrops, lower to the ground and planted in more sheltered positions, are piercing through the soil, their pristine white flowers already visible as they emerge still ensconced…Read More

New Years Resolutions

border mulched with homemade compost

After a hectic year, with time and energy going into other projects, many of the tasks that I would have liked to have completed in the garden are still left undone. I am hoping to spend much more time in the garden in 2016 and this has to be my first gardening New Year’s Resolution. The second is to sort out all of my pots…Read More