Monthly Archives: February 2017

March Hanging Basket

March hanging basket planted with Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Beauty', Crocus 'Ruby Giant', Iris reticulata 'J S Dijt', Anemone blanda, Erica x darleyensis 'Bert' and violas - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

March hanging basket planted with Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Beauty’, Crocus ‘Ruby Giant’, Iris reticulata ‘J S Dijt’, Anemone blanda, Erica x darleyensis ‘Bert’ and violas – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Hanging baskets, with their layers of colour and cascading tiers of foliage, are container gardening at its simplest, provided you follow a few simple rules.

As the garden nears the cusp between winter and spring, there’s a feeling of life stirring and rebirth as leaves unfurl, buds swell and yet more flowering bulbs join the steady succession that perk up the most dismal of days. These are flowers that bring a smile — windflowers quivering in the slightest breeze, reticulata irises that change from tightly-closed bud to fully-open flower with almost unseemly haste, and richly coloured crocuses that draw bees in search of pollen. And there’s the sturdy Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Beauty’, or glory-of-the-snow that hopefully will not live up to its name.

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Heale House Garden

Ornate metal gates in frost, Heale House Gardens, Wiltshire - © Jo Whitworth/GAP Photos

Ornate metal gates in frost, Heale House Gardens, Wiltshire – © Jo Whitworth/GAP Photos

A frosty winter morning in a country garden designed by Harold Peto.

Heale Garden is a historic country garden in Wiltshire surrounded by a tributary of the River Avon. An authentic Japanese bridge crosses the river to the teahouse in the woodland garden, surrounded by snowdrops and winter aconites. A large walled vegetable garden reveals its strong structure in winter with a tunnel of espaliered apple tress leading to large ancient clipped box balls. The riverside woodland walk is also a mass of snowdrops in late winter.

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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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