When will the rain stop??!

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Hanging basketRemember last summer? I’ve just been looking at photographs of Flower Power-fed plants sent in by QVC viewers (thanks to Kim McTier for this pic of her lovely hanging basket) and they’ve really cheered me up. After all the horrible wet weather, it’s good to think that it can only get better soon.

I’ve been lucky, I’ve not suffered like many others, and my garden hasn’t been flooded. The ground is incredibly wet so if I need to get onto the soil I’m putting down some boards first and walking along them rather than compact the soil with my size ten boots.

I’ve also been checking pots to make sure they’re draining properly and, as soon as it stops raining, I’ll be treating the grass with Lawn Magic to help fight the moss (which has loved the wet weather).


I was cheered up by an article in Amateur Gardening that suggested there was some good news. Overwintering vine weevil and lily beetle eggs should, hopefully, have been killed off in the cold, saturated soil so we shouldn’t have as many of these pests to deal with during the summer.

Other reasons to be cheerful. The first snowdrops are coming into bloom and the buds on my hellebores are about to open. I’ve cut the old leaves off the hellebores, the plants look much neater and it’s easier to admire the flowers too. I’m just about to start heating the greenhouse again and it should soon fill up with seedlings and young plants.

As ever, I’m hoping to grow lots of new plants this year. On a recent trip to a trade show in Essen, I saw some interesting new bedding plants and I’m itching to try them out. Another thing I’m planning is to grow more flowers to attract butterflies and bees. I’ve got a space lined up already!

Next week I’ll be attending the Garden Press Event. It’s the annual get together for the gardening press to see what’s new for the season. I always enjoy this event, partly because it’s a chance to meet up with lots of my gardening friends and partly because I get the chance to see lots of exciting new plants and products. And we often get a few to try at home!

Two years ago, Beth Chatto Gardens gave me a few plants of Snowdrop ‘Cedric Morris’. I didn’t even know of it beforehand and now it’s my absolute favourite. And that’s one of the pleasures of gardening, when you’ve grown something for the first time and it turns out to be a real cracker!

I’ll be reporting back on all the news from the Press Show in my next blog, until then, happy gardening!

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