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Special ticket offer

BBC Good Food summer show and Gardeners World live is taking place at Birmingham NEC between 16 – 19 June. Special offer tickets are available until 1st February which save 30% of normal ticket cost. Concessions for over 65’s are available with the 30% discount.Tickets give entry to both shows for one fee.  NB Remember to add  use code GWR 4 at checkout.

Book online at www.bbcgardenersworldlive and click on the offer.

Remember special offer tickets are only available until 1st February.

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September /October in the garden

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My first  task every few days is to cut back the  hanging baskets. Remove all dead foliage to encourage another display of flowers. They may be not as vigorous in growth but dead heading foliage will encourage more flowers before the frost comes. Continue reading

August in the garden

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Thank you everybody who supported our open garden day and for the donations received from U3A members and friends who couldn’t attend the event. The final amount collected was £536.30 which has been sent to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity .

Deadheading! Don’t forget to cut back perennials and deadhead all dead flowers – this will encourage more flowers and prevent the plant making seeds. You can also prune lavender and rosemary after it has flowered. Cut to the dead wood to ensure plenty of flowers next year. The garden will start to look a bit tired now but following these tips will keep it alive that bit longer. You can continue to cut the lawn and  rake and spike it  to  keep the  grass healthy. You can stop feeding now until late  September. Continue reading

Norman’s Garden

Norman’s amazing garden with its many surprising features and tropical plants was open again this year. The weather was good and although attendance was down on last year  the event raised over £500 for Clatterbridge Cancer Research. Norman thanks everyone for their donations and support. Here are some photos of the event. Ed.

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Gardening February

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Hello fellow gardeners. As the first signs of spring arrive with some bulbs starting to show your garden will welcome a spring clean.  February is the best time to prune shrubs and  climbers and evergreen hedges  will  all benefit with a trim. If you have wisteria its the best time to prune to encourage new growth. You can also redesign the garden making some changes to the borders by splitting and moving perennials. Continue reading