Sam Greenwood

Extremes Of Weather Create Gardening Mayhem

We are at the point in the year when mellow fruit and autumnal hues offer the glories of golden leaves and dried grasses.   When the weather has been so patchy, up and down in temperature and rain fall, it causes a series of different outcomes for the flower borders and shrubberies.  The ground alternates between […]

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Keeping An Abundance Of Blooms

Trying to keep the garden full of flowers over a longer summer period is sometimes tricky – I’ve found that over the years my favourite plants reward me by letting me propogae from them at regular intervals but the ones I’ve never felt much affinity with don’t prosper.   It’s an odd thing.  However, to keep […]

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A Tree Is A Delight In Any Other Land

We have a wonderful selection of trees in this country.  It’s one of the things I miss most when I travel anywhere else.  In fact, I was born in a very green and leafy county, well known for avenues of trees around the towns and villages.  When I moved up north west for a couple […]

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Square Trees & Shrubs Are So Unbecoming

Ahh, problematic overgrown shrubs . . .  There is often a tendency to want to clear and tidy up the garden – cut bushes and shrubs down into manageable shapes.  I can think of many an old person’s once glorious show of tall elegant shrubs, now criminally cut down to strange and very unnatural oblongs […]

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Keeping Up With Feathered Friends

This is really one of the most wonderful times of the gardening year for me.  Not being a professional or trained in any way at all,  I just take great enjoyment in watching the progress of the green shoots appearing.  We’ve had a great deal of very old weather and a bit more snow than […]

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Garden Help Needs Lesson In Spacial Awareness

I have been looking at moving some big shrubs around in the garden.  My plot is not enormous – the actual planting area with lawn extends to 9 fence panels across by 7 down, so about 54ft x 42 ft.  I’m going to be helped by a lady who  gardens but has been learning this […]

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Fantastic Colour Show In One Tree

I have one particular tree that is so versatile and gives beauty & pleasure every month of the year.  When we bought it from the garden centre some 17 years ago, the vendor said it would out perform everything else we planted.  At the time we thought this was a bit over the top, rather […]

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Knowing Your Crab Apple Pruning & Tidying

There is nothing more precious than a tree when you’re out on a hot walk – well apart from the cooling spray of water, but for shade and just making you appreciate Mother Nature at her best, a well shaped and gnarled tree with lots of greenery adorning her branches is just the thing.   You […]

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Adjustments For Effective Water Butts

Ah the vagaries of an English summer . . . .  one minute hot sunshine and within a whisper, the clouds come and it’s freezing again.   However with the massive climate changes, we definitely aren’t getting the amount of rain we have generally been used to.  This makes the saving of water an imperative for […]

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Fit Twin Bins To Downpipes To Save Rain

Currently as we go through this incredibly difficult time confined to our homes with no opportunity to visit gardens or historic houses – the usual sources of inspiration and days out for busy week in week out family agendas.  Now though we can concentrate on getting our own little areas of little Britain up and […]

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