We have been providing garden services in Devon area for 30 years and now have a 5-acre plant nursery just out Barnstaple. This blog provides gardening advice especially aim at gardeners in the north Devon area.
Vine weevil is one of the most widespread, common and devastating garden pests. The adult weevils eat plant leaves during spring and summer, but it is the grubs that cause the most damage to plants. Over the autumn and winter they feed on plant roots. This damage often results in wilting and plant death. Plants growing in pots and containers, outdoors or under cover, are most likely to be severely damaged by vine weevil grubs. Plants growing in the open ground are less likely to be damaged. Adult beetles feed on the foliage of many herbaceous plants and shrubs, especially Rhododendron, evergreen Euonymus, Hydrangea, Epimedium, Bergenia, Primula and strawberry. Adults rarely cause enough damage to affect the vigour of plants. Read More on our online store
As we start to see the days lengthen in early spring, nature and our gardens start to wake from their winter dormancy, with the first flush of snowdrops, crocus and narcissi brightening up our flower borders and catching our eye. However, don’t leave it to those showy little flowering bulbs to do it alone. With a little thought you can companion plant these with some interesting perennials that will also flower from February onwards, . Read More
Spring flowing bulbs in containers, pots and window boxes provide instant impact at the start of spring. By combining two, three or more bulbs that flower at different times can lengthen the period of time you have colour for. Planting in layer's can also generate longer lasting displays. Read More
A delight of spring are Drifts of daffodils, snowdrops and crocus. they are simple to create and will last for many years. The only drawback of growing bulbs in grass is that you cannot cut the grass for six weeks after the bulbs have flowered (chop off the foliage earlier and next year's flowering will be adversely affected). This can be overcome by choosing early-flowering varieties, or creating a mixed area with summer flowering plants and wild flowers. Read More
Bulbs can be used in flower beds to provide the bridge to full summer colour, to naturalise a boaring lawn. add colour to shade areas,
bring spring colour to patio and hard landscape areas.
Bulbs in borders Bulbs are an effortless yet beautiful addition to any boarder. They will bring colour and interest to your garden, and guarantee to come back every year without fail. When planting and growing bulbs, it is important to plant at least five to six in one group, this way when they flower it will give you a better display with more impact. Choose varieties with lots of colour that go well next to each other. Read More
dry shade is found when the ground is sheltered from the rain by the base of walls or from the canopy of large trees. Areas of dry shade can be particularly difficult for having any success when planting many varieties of plants. It is important to improve the quality of soil that is in this area before planting anything. The first step to improve the soil is by enhancing its ability to hold water. This can be done during the spring and autumn, and can be done by adding organic matter to the area. Read More
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