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Amateur Gardening 5-Sep-2020

Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents including Toby Buckland, Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, Peter Seabrook and Jo Whittingham.

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1 min.
editor’s note

“This week, we report on how mail order plant and seed companies coped during the lockdown (pages 6-7). I know it was frustrating for some AG readers when plants didn’t arrive, or arrived in poor condition. I thought it would be useful to hear what the companies had to say and explain the problems they faced. From my perspective, I know that any complaints that came my way were dealt with in a very professional manner. I’m sure that lessons have been learned.” Contact us: Editorial: 0330 390 3732 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

3 min.
a new range of bedding

IT only seems like days ago that we were belatedly planting our summer bedding and sowing our annual seeds to brighten the gardens over the summer. Now they are reaching the end of their span and it’s time to look ahead and think about brightening up the so-called‚ ‘dark’ winter and early year months. I say ‘so-called’ because these months can be rich with colour and interest if you plan ahead and start getting your garden ready now. Winter bedding, also called spring bedding, should be planted now or sown for the earliest flowering next year. Pansies, violas, bellis daisies, primrose, polyanthus and wallflowers should be planted now, and the garden centres and online retailers are also selling their packs of winter and spring-flowering bulbs. Combine the two to ensure a succession of colour,…

2 min.
beds of bright brilliance

BEDDING plants are available from garden centres and online retailers now, and will work anywhere – in borders, baskets, containers and window boxes. Planted now, they will give you some glorious colour while summer’s blooms are fading. Plants then stop growing through the worst of the winter weather before springing back to life when conditions improve and the weather gets warmer in spring. Bedding uses the weeks between late summer and the onset of seriously cold winter weather to put down roots, mature and bed in properly. Having dotted a selection of pansies, violas and bellis daisies grown from seed around the borders, I decided to use the leftovers in a patio pot. I used peat-free multi-purpose compost and added a couple of handfuls of granular fertiliser to keep the plants healthy and performing…

1 min.
wildlife was a winner

GARDEN wildlife was a lockdown winner, according to a leading garden designer. With people spending more time at home and outside, wanting to do their bit for the natural world, demand for wildlife-friendly garden additions soared. “A common requirement in the design brief is for planting and features that will attract wildlife,” said Andy Kirman of Kirman Design, a garden designer in Cheshire. “It has always been popular, but now more than three quarters of enquiries feature this.” However, you don’t need garden designers to make your surroundings more wildlife-friendly. Adding a water feature – even if it’s just a birdbath or sunken bowl with a few pebbles and plants – is a great start. Grow some native, nectar-rich plants in order to attract pollinating insects. Leave an area of the garden to get a…

6 min.
gardening’s lockdown challenge

WHEN the Coronavirus lockdown came into effect in March, the horticultural industry was one of the sectors hardest hit by the global pandemic. Occurring during a peak time, as people returned to gardening after winter, it was exacerbated by the fact that everyone decided to take up gardening to fill their lockdown hours and the garden centres were forced to close. This put pressure on major suppliers and online retailers to up their game and meet the unprecedented demand. They implemented round-the-clock packing and dispatching schedules, but even so it was almost impossible to keep up with demand, and some companies were forced to briefly close their websites to catch up with orders. 500-fold increase in orders The knock on effect was that plants were sometimes in transit longer than usual, meaning they were…

1 min.
shows set to return

AS we emerge from lockdown, a couple of gardening shows are appearing on the horizon. This year, the National Dahlia Society is holding a Socially Distanced Dahlia Show. Taking place at the Abercorn Garden Centre in Chelmsford from 10-14 September, 30 growers will be exhibiting their plants. Show spokesman Dave Gillam said: “Abercorn Garden Centre has offered the use of its coffee shop, currently closed, to stage the best competitive display of dahlias in the country this year. The garden centre is at Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 8LX; further details are available from 01245 257398. The Malvern Plant and Garden Fair, which takes place on 12-13 September, hosts 36 award-winning, UK nurseries and growers, including Fibrex Nurseries, Hare Spring Cottage Plants, Kitchen Garden Plants, Palm Exotics, Pheasant Acre Plants and Tynings Climbers. There are…