When you reach a certain age you are able to look back to your childhood and compare it to today’s kids growing up in a technological age.
Fifty years ago orchids were rarely seen outside stately homes with large gardens and greenhouses. I don’t recall seeing them during my five year gardening apprenticeship training, though we were given notes on their culture.
Choosing plants for the garden is usually fairly simple for most areas, but there is always an awkward corner in deep shade from buildings, trees, hedges or fences. These areas can still be made very attractive provided you choose the right plants. Some plants like dry shady areas and others prefer it moist, so do some research before buying in plants. Prepare the ground by digging over, removing big stones and add some planting compost ahead of planting.
It is always easy to find a wee job in the garden, even after all the main tasks have been completed.
As a young gardener, plant propagation was a very important topic.
April flowers are dominated by daffodils in gardens, local authorities’ parks and open spaces and as cut flower in the home.
The sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom which means summer has arrived in John Stoa's garden
Gardening is no longer just about growing a few basic fruit and vegetables.
We may be in mid-winter and as it’s a wee bit cold outdoors, and the first snow-flakes have arrived, so better to do some indoor gardening.
Rhubarb was always popular in childhood days as most folk with a garden had a wee patch.