1. 10 of the best flowering cherry trees for spring in the UK

    April and May are the peak periods for tree blossom, during which time the majority of flowering, ornamental cherry trees will be covered in blousy blooms. But which is best? With so many to choose from, you might want to utilise the coveted Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM) to help you select. We’ve sorted ten of the best AGM ornamental cherries – one of which could come to a garden near you. Early spring is the perfect time to plant, but you can plant container-grown trees at any time of year, provided you are prepared to water them regularly.

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  2. Best flowers for spring, can you guess which wins the vote?

    Favourite spring flowers for garden lovers

    There are many icons of spring and most of us feel uplifted by the sight of daffodils raising their cheery faces towards the sunshine. Many of the flowers we see in March and April come from bulbs. But there are also some noteworthy perennials that  are stars at this time of year. Which species do you think wins the popularity vote? Read more
  3. How to open your garden under the NGS National Garden Scheme

    Ever thought about opening your garden to the public? How to join the NGS open garden scheme.

    You don’t need a garden that looks like Hampton Court in order to open it up to the public. Your garden could be of interest to others, provided it is considered to be ‘worth visiting’ and to be exceptional in certain respects. The criteria for open gardens is ‘quality, character and interest’.  The National Garden Scheme (NGS) reputedly recommends that the garden needs to 'offer 45 minutes of interest to visitors'. Read more
  4. It's never too late... or too early... to dip a toe into the allotment

    Ever fancied having an allotment? Why it's becoming a growing trend

    Have you ever fancied having an allotment? Now’s a great time to get involved in your local community growing area, should you be lucky enough to have one. It seems that ‘grow your own’ has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past decade or so as people appreciate the value of organically-grown, top quality produce together with the enormous satisfaction that can be gained from the entire growing process. Read more
  5. Six jobs to do in the garden now that meteorological spring has arrived!

    March has come bowling in 'like a lion' and temperatures are well down into the minus figures. HOWEVER, as soon as the Beast from the East has abated, there's not a moment to spare. Here are six garden tasks to attend to as soon as possible -  because we all know that the month can end 'like a lamb' and soaring temperatures will result in a fantastic growth spurt  outdoors. storm emma, snow, winter, storm, temperature, cold weather, spring, meteorological spring, uk weather, winter weather, snow showers, The first day of spring! Air temperatures are well into the minus figures across the UK, with the advancement of Storm Emma making it feel like Siberia

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