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May

Instant Colour in your Gardens

Now is the perfect time to get your hanging baskets started for a stunning Summer display.

Hanging baskets, containers and flower pouches add a whole new dimension to gardening, helping to utilise all the available space.

With hanging baskets and flower pouches you can brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add colour to those tricky shady areas. Whatever size basket you are doing, the basic rules are the same, water regularly and feed fortnightly. For a traditional hanging basket, plant an upright focal plant in the centre, 4-6 trailing plants around the edge and fill in with bedding plants. To try to make things easy for beginners or those who might feel overwhelmed, we have a range of tub and basket plants 'Proven Winners'. The Proven Winners consist of 3 recipes, each recipe contains 3 plants, Bermuda Skies which consists of a Surfinia Salmon, Lobelia Blue White Eye and a Calibrachoa Superbells Lemon Slice. All fired up consists of Calibrachoa Superbells Orange, Nemesia Sunsatia Pomelo and Verbena Scarlet Lace. Purple haze consists of Surfinia Bordeaux, Surfinia Royal Velvet and Verbena Lilac Blue. Each of these plants has gone through rigorous trials and tests to determine their ease of growth, robustness, weather resistance, vigour and flower power. Due to this, the plants are of the highest quality and put on a fantastic display right through the Summer.

Now that your pots and baskets are filled with an explosion of colour, it’s time to think about the rest of your summer garden. If you fancy a taste of the Mediterranean, we love our Italian specimens, hand-picked by us at the growers nurseries in Italy.

Mediterranean themed gardens are a popular choice in the UK, and perfect for city living as they are based around paving, stones and gravel, not grass. Plus, Mediterranean plants tolerate drought and are typically easy to grow and require little care. Clay pots are a staple for a med garden, and we have many of these too!

Olive trees are a must, unmistakable with their silvery leaves that shimmer in sunlight. They grow exceptionally well in a large pot, providing a focal point for the garden. More mature specimens have wonderfully shaped tree trunks and this is often their main feature. This is why it is our 'Plant Of The Month'!

Happy Gardening!

Fiona

Things to do in May

  1. Feed, weed and kill the moss on your lawn
  2. Be prepared and keep an eye out for garden pests
  3. Start reguarly feeding your plants
  4. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for late May frosts
  5. Don't cut back your finished bring bulbs, let them die back on their own and add a little liquid fertilser around the soil - you'll thank yourself next year!
  6. Start watering early morning or late evening on hot days or prolongued dry weather
  7. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
  8. Keep and eye out for nesting hedgehogs and don't disturb the nest if you find one

Plant of the month

Olive Tree

This month is it the Olive Tree

Anyone who knows about geography will know that the olive line is a metaphorical 'cut off point' that determines whether olives will fruit with success. This line is somewhere near the south of France. Above this line the olive fruits will not ripen except in odd years when the summer is a good one.

Here in the UK we are far above the Olive line but this does not mean that the tree is useless to us. There is an exceptionally hardy variety called 'cipressina' that is tolerant of very cold and wet conditions. This tree suits the UK very well and is one of the only evergreen slow-growing trees that can be bought today. It is unlikely you will produce edible olives from it but the flowers have a wonderful scent.