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Noel Kingsbury Masterclass Comes to Stillingfleet

By Vanessa | August 21, 2018

We are delighted to have Noel Kingsbury coming to Stillingfleet on 20th September to run his gardening Masterclass, “A Rabbits Eye View”. To have such a  renowned expert here is a real honour and we are all looking forward to learning from him. Noel takes a naturalistic approach to planting and design, making our Stillingfleet…

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Phlox, Salvias and Dahlias Fill the Borders in August

By Vanessa | July 31, 2018

August is a difficult time in the garden, after the summer rush of roses and geraniums and before we enjoy the asters and autumn colour we need to look for plants which bridge the gap. Phlox fill the gap wonderfully. They come in so many colours from white through to scarlet and mauve, several have…

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Perfect Summer Days – Roses, Tomatoes and Herbs

By Vanessa | July 3, 2018
rambling roses

Our gardens are probably at their best in mid-summer. Thatched cottages draped with honeysuckle and roses epitomise the idea of England and summer. I love roses but was brought up in a garden where only Hybrid Tea roses were grown. My father used to prune then down to about 30cm and then cover the whole…

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June – Plants for the Butterflies, Birds and Bees

By Vanessa | May 29, 2018

This month is one of the sunniest and the time when we all hope that our gardens will be full of butterflies and bumblebees, if you feel your garden has not as many as you would like, now is the time to plan for a more wildlife friendly environment. There are basic ingredients that help…

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May – The Month for Seed Sowing

By Vanessa | May 8, 2018

This is an important month for seed sowing, the soil is warming up and it is an ideal time to start the vegetable and annual seed sowing. Time for my runner beans in pots or you can use plug trays, I grow Lady Diana which I find one of the best and does not go…

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Flowering Cherries and Crab Apples – Stamford Bridge Newsletter

By Vanessa | April 8, 2018

The flowering cherries and crab apples are at their very best now. It is an ideal time to see the wide range of small flowering trees available, too many gardens have unsuitably large trees planted resulting in ugly pruning having to take place. Garden centres have limited ranges of trees available so now is the…

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Longer Days and Daffodils – March in the garden

By Vanessa | March 8, 2018

Plants are bursting through the soil all over the garden, I love walking round each day, ignoring all the jobs, just to see what has developed overnight. As the days become longer and with luck the soil begins to warm up it is amazing how many plants are in flower. We keep bees and it…

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Seed Packets Pruning and Planting – February in the garden

By Vanessa | February 2, 2018

The catalogues have arrived and numerous packets of sweet pea seed have been ordered, I could not live without a small pot of scented flowers on my windowsill. Please do not buy plants, they are very easy to grow from seed, have a wonderful range of colours and as long as you keep the mice…

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Stamford Bridge Newsletter – January

By Vanessa | January 13, 2018

I am delighted to be asked to write the gardening notes for Stamford Bridge Newsletter, being able to talk about plants is always a delight. January is a time for planning how your garden can be improved, looking back at mistakes and remembering which parts of the garden need attention. It is also a time…

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BBC Radio York – Spring

By Vanessa | January 13, 2018

We’re very pleased to be writing gardening news for Radio York – here is our Spring article. “Spring is the most exciting time in the garden and it is all about planning. Each year we grow different annuals to cut for our café, this year we are going to grow more Cosmos, they grew easily…

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