How to style your garden
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by Geoff Stonebanks
5M ago
I have always felt that I am dressing a film or theatre set when I create areas in my garden. I conjure up these images in my head of how I want a corner or area of the garden to look and then set about recreating what is in my head! The net result always resembles the snapshot I had imagined. I’m pleased to say that the feedback received from visitors reflects the attention to detail that I try to impose across the plot. Positive feedback Following visits to Driftwood last June, these 2 reviews were posted to Trip Advisor: “Visually and artistically stunning. Wow what an amazing gar ..read more
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Winter lawn care
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by Geoff Hodge
6M ago
Keep off the grass Make sure to keep off your lawn whenever the grass is frozen, or the soil is overly wet or even waterlogged. Walking on frozen grass can damage its blades (leaves), leading to dead patches. Walking on a wet soil, especially if the lawn sits on clay, will make muddy patches where weeds and moss can establish and compress the soil, driving out essential air, leading to poor grass growing conditions, which can also encourage lawn moss. To mow or not to mow One question that often gets asked in our advisory service is when to stop mowing in autumn and when to start again in spri ..read more
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Fresh garden ideas at Driftwood By Sea
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by Geoff Stonebanks
7M ago
Any reader that has, at some point, opened their garden to the public, be it for a local charity you favour or indeed for the National Garden Scheme, will know that it can, at first, be extremely nerve racking. There can be many worries on several levels, especially if it opens on a regular basis. Anyone that opens their garden for the very first time has a distinct advantage! At least no-one has seen your plot before so you will not have to worry about keeping the interest going for repeat visitors. Everything seen that day will be fresh for all who visit. If, like me, you open your garden on ..read more
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Gardening for hope
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by Geoff Stonebanks
7M ago
The question still remains though as to how we embed gardens and gardening into daily life for everyone. Those of us who are lucky enough to have a garden are probably already aware of the benefits and how they can bring us hope, moving from one year to the next! It wasn’t that long ago that the NHS officially included social prescribing in its Long-Term Plan. As the population ages and healthcare costs spiral, social prescribing and preventative healthcare will likely take on renewed importance. Personally, I’d have to say that after a, not so good period of time, health wise, in the last cou ..read more
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Grow garden hellebores
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by Jean Vernon
7M ago
Grow hellebore winter flowers to add beauty and surprise to your winter garden. These perennial plants burst into flower when the light is low and in the depths of winter.  Hellebores are on-trend garden plants. Drop into any plant nursery or garden centre in the winter months and you will find a show bench of hellebore-beauties. These winter flowering wonders have been the focus of attention for plant breeders and there are some fantastic new varieties as well as some long-established stalwarts to choose from.  Hellebore winter flowers are easy to grow Hellebore winter flowers are g ..read more
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White winter wonderland
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by Jean Vernon
7M ago
Winter isn’t really winter without a flush of snow. When the pure white flakes first fall, they clothe our plots with a wonderful white carpet. But as it melts and is trudged away it soon becomes dark and murky. But it’s a reminder how important white is in the winter garden. It’s not strictly a colour of course, but it’s a wonderful theme for a winter garden and there are lots of lovely ways to introduce it into your plot. White Hellebores Winter hellebores are a wonderful addition to the garden. Plant them in pots or add them to the front of the border for the best effect. You can even bring ..read more
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The winter garden
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by Geoff Stonebanks
8M ago
Many visitors who come to the garden often ask if I open through the winter months, as they would like to come and see the bare bones of the plot. To date, this is not something I have done, primarily I suppose as everything is put away for the winter and I’ve got no undercover areas for anyone to sit and enjoy refreshments in colder weather. I always say to them if they are really desperate to come and see then to give me a ring and if it is convenient, then fine! Over the years, I guess a dozen or so people have done this but I’ve not charged, just asked for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Su ..read more
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Grow perfect peonies
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by Jean Vernon
9M ago
Imagine a plant with fabulous flamboyant flowers, that just gets better and better, year after year. One of the very best hardy garden perennials is the peony. Nothing comes close. And what’s more, peonies are surprisingly easy to grow. Tree peonies or herbaceous peonies? There are two different forms of peonies, the clump forming perennial herbaceous peonies and the shrubby tree peonies. Both types make fabulous garden plants, but if you want to really create the garden wow-factor, there is a much greater variety, and that means even more choice, within the herbaceous perennials. These are am ..read more
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Five spooky houseplants
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by Debi Holland
9M ago
It’s that time of year again for ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night, and the plant world is no stranger to the weird and wonderful, so look no further than these spooky houseplants that will add some creepy chills to your halloween. Devil’s Ivy  Epipremnum aureum is more commonly known as golden pothos but also boasts the chilling title of Devil’s Ivy because it is pretty much indestructible and manages to remain green even if kept in the dark. As a houseplant, Devil’s Ivy boasts luscious yellow and green foliage that cascades from hanging pots, shelves or will cl ..read more
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Summer 2023 Photo Competition Winners
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by Richard Jackson Garden
10M ago
Thanks to all of you who entered our summer photo competition. We were delighted to see all the fabulous pictures of your Flower Power gardens. As always, it’s been very difficult to pick just 3 winners but here they are below, along with a selection of some of our other entries (we’re sorry we can’t show them all). Each of our 3 winners receives a £50 online voucher to spend in our store. Winner – Nick Bennett Nick Bennett: Lawn Magic and Flower Power combine to make my garden look the best it’s ever looked!Winner – Jeanette Flewett Jeanette Flewett: Flower Power plant food produced these gre ..read more
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