Monty Don on the benefits of beautiful blossom

Blossom is now into its final lingering days of glory on Monty's apple trees  It's a good time to plan for next year’s flowers and the fruit that will follow That is because where there is blossom, by definition, fruit will follow By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine The blossom that has been decorating this garden for the past two months is now into its final lingering days of glory with the last of my orchard’s apple trees in flower.  For those of you in the warmer Read more [...]

How to beat the drought in your garden

This year’s winter was abnormally dry in many regions And now, just when growth should run at top speed, it’s drier still  There are, however, a lot of things we can do to minimise the effects By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail This year’s winter was abnormally dry in many regions. And now, just when growth should run at top speed, it’s drier still. We’re heading for a drought. For gardeners, that’s a disappointment. But there’s a lot we can do to minimise Read more [...]

Let Nigel Dunnett’s Chelsea Flower Show garden inspire you

Nigel Dunnett created the wild flower garden at the Olympic Park Nigel, 53, is also one of the pioneers of ‘pictorial meadows’ This month you can see his work at the Chelsea Flower Show  By Constance Craig Smith For Weekend Magazine Nigel Dunnett may not be a household name, but you’ve almost certainly seen his work.  If you marvelled at the wild flowers at the Olympic Park during the London 2012 games, have seen the artfully layered planting at London’s Barbican Read more [...]

Action plan: Nigel Colborn’s jobs for your garden

May is the right month to plant tender varieties outdoors, but beware Cold easterly winds over Britain are predicted for at least another week Petunias, impatiens, heliotropes and young courgettes are especially vulnerable to frosts By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail May is the right month to plant tender varieties outdoors, but beware. The Met ­Office predicts cold easterly winds over Britain for at least another week. What’s more, frost is possible until late May.  East Read more [...]

The trick to long-lasting bulbs 

'The tulips started to flower early in my own garden this year', says Monty Don Tulips have always been exotic. They arrived in Europe in the 1500s from Turkey  If you want your tulips to flower at all next spring, nip off the seed head By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine The tulips started to flower early in my own garden this year – but then what I call ‘early’ is mid season for those of you in the balmy south east and my late tulips – still flowering strongly now – will Read more [...]

I built my sleep — sufficient reason for these blankets, I’m very happy to rest in-it

A couple of winters before, my gentleman needed to disappear completely on project for a complete month, to ensure that was my big possibility. After nights of thorough deliberation, my conspiratorial Amex and that I eventually stumbled on our selection and quicker than you might declare “snooze,” a superb number of linen bedclothes was en-route (ahem, I used in a tablecloth also). From the moment he got house, I told myself, I’d have been resting included for above Read more [...]

Scientific super seeds

Ever tried to sow a wild flower patch? It’s not nearly as easy as it sounds  Conservation scientists discovered that a farmer in Japan had revived an ancient technique for better crop germination The two friends thought this technique might work for British wild flowers and the Seedball was born  By Constance Craig Smith For Weekend Magazine Ever tried to sow a wild flower patch? If so, you’ll know it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds, since seeds get swamped by grasses Read more [...]

Train clematis up pergolas and through trees

Clematis time is almost here. Hybrids with dinnerplate flowers are still limbering up, but elegant spring varieties are about to open up Clematis are widely available, but Taylors have a comprehensive choice April is good for planting, but the sooner this is done the better By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Clematis time is almost here. Hybrids with dinnerplate flowers are still limbering up, but elegant spring varieties are about to open up for the start of a dramatic show.  Read more [...]

Use Easter weekend to plant vegetables says Monty Don

Monty Don says that the Easter weekend is the perfect time to plant vegetables  The secret is to keep it simple and keep it fun – it should never feel like a chore  As always Monty is on hand to answer your gardening queries   By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine Easter is traditionally the time to plant maincrop potatoes, thanks to those two horticultural essentials, opportunity and circumstance, roughly coinciding with a couple of extra days’ holiday and the chance of Read more [...]

Rhododendrons are about to burst into life

You’ll find superb rhododendron displays in historic gardens such as Caerhays or Trewithen in Cornwall, or Yorkshire’s Castle Howard They are picky about where they grow. The soil must be acid. If lime or chalk is present — even in tiny traces — they’ll die Compact varieties include Kurume azaleas such as white R. Adonis or pink R. Kirin By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail They always strike me as having identity issues. Sombre and leathery­-leaved, rhododendrons are stolidly Read more [...]