Summer corms and bulbs

Dahlia Bishop of Leicester

There are plenty of ways to fill your garden with colour this summer and it need not cost a fortune. If you have a greenhouse, conservatory or a spare sunny windowsill, packets of corms and tubers available from Notcutts now are a great way to start. As well as making beautiful cut flowers for the house, Gladiolus will add height and a cottage garden feel…Read More

Spring Tidy Up

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At last a sunny day and time for a long overdue catch up in the garden! I have pruned the rest of the Miscanthus to the ground now and they always look so much better when their winter coats of straw are removed. Already there are new shoots appearing that will flower next autumn and I have been doing my best to dodge these with…Read More

Getting ready in the vegetable garden

Onion Sets Growing

Although my vegetable garden is still very wet, there are several jobs that need doing now if I am to stay ahead when the weather improves and the soil gets warm enough to plant. I have already purchased my seed potatoes from Notcutts and am saving egg boxes so that the seed can be stood in them to ‘chit’. ‘Chitting’ is said to produce an…Read More

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