Category Archives: Garden craft

Vibrant Bouquet

A step by step guide for making a vibrant bouquet.

Beginning the construction of the vibrant bouquet with Crataegus monogyna, Dahlia 'Labyrinth', Rosa 'Ambridge Rose', Rosebay willowherb seed pods and Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - © GAP Photos

Beginning the construction of the vibrant bouquet with Crataegus monogyna, Dahlia ‘Labyrinth’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Rosebay willowherb seed pods and Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ – © GAP Photos

To create the bouquet the following flowers have been used Wood sage, Euonymus europaeus, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Dahlia ‘Labyrinth’, Rosebay willowherb seed pods, Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Atriplex hortensis ‘Rubra’, Rubus fruticosus, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’, Crataegus monogyna and Eschscholzia californica ‘Peach Sorbet’

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July Hanging Basket

A hot summer hanging basket planted with Calibrachoa 'Million Bells Crackling Fire', Sanvitalia procumbens, Carex comans 'Bronze' and Gerbera 'Sweet Honey' and Gerbera Cartwheel Series 'Strawberry Twirl', Barberton daisy - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

A hot summer hanging basket planted with Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Crackling Fire’, Sanvitalia procumbens, Carex comans ‘Bronze’ and Gerbera ‘Sweet Honey’ and Gerbera Cartwheel Series ‘Strawberry Twirl’, Barberton daisy – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

As midsummer peaks, hot-coloured plants come into their own but, surprisingly, gardeners often shun yellow & orange coloured summer flowers in favour of pastel shades.

It’s an opportunity missed because hot colours are exciting and really stand out in a garden, contributing to many striking colour combinations. As a transitory display, hanging baskets provide the perfect opportunity to experiment and introduce new colours into an established garden. Daisy-like gerberas, a popular cut flower as well as sensational summer bedding, are readily available from garden centres in a wide variety of warm to sizzling hues. The soft green leaves are handsome in their own right, contrasting against the brown tufted sedge, whilst also covering the soil.

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Punched Labels

A copper label for Thyme, created using a steel letter punch - © GAP Photos

A copper label for Thyme, created using a steel letter punch – © GAP Photos

Are you struggling to read those washed out faded labels? These stylish metal labels are made using a steel letter punch and are a great alternative with excellent weather resistance.

This decorative labels will also last so you can use them time and time again to catalogue your planting choices throughout your garden and also for storing seeds and for many other uses around your home and garden. These sets can be purchased at a reasonable price so they will save you money and time in the long run and they look great too.

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