Archives for April 2011

Plant of the month – Lilac

Lilac (syringa) is a deciduous shrub with deliciously fragrant blooms in late spring and early summer. In the language of flower. lilac symbolises first love and has been chosen by Prince William and Catherine Middleton for their wedding. Belonging to the Oleaceae (olive) family, there are about 25 … [Read more...]



Use coppiced beanpoles to help birds

National Beanpole Week highlights the plight of coppiced British woodland and gardeners are being urged to purchase coppiced beanpoles, sourced from local forests, to help protect birds such as the nightingale. Bringing coppiced woodlands back to our countryside will help threatened birds including … [Read more...]



Cobble Hey – Plants for Shade

Cobble Hey farm and Gardens in Lancashire is a wonderful place to see some stunning examples of  just how creative, colourful and tranquil, shade gardens can be. Exposed At 600 feet above sea level, the land of Cobble Hey farm could be very exposed and troublesome for the gardener. However, … [Read more...]



Plants for shade

Our shade loving plants list was inspired by the woodland glade at Cobble Hey Farm and Garden in Lancashire. All of the following plants thrive well under the dappled shade of trees in an area elevated 600 feet above sea level;  We have put together a list of suppliers and specialist nurseries … [Read more...]



Biodegradable Pots

Biodegradable plant pots are made from a variety of natural materials which break down in the soil.  They provide a natural alternative to the classic plastic pots and very useful for establishing plants which do not like root disturbance. Bamboo pots Made from bamboo pulp, these pots are by … [Read more...]



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