Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.
Everybody, at some point in their life will have a new garden to sort out or create.
As the gardening year draws to an end, now is the perfect time to look back and compare our hopes and expectations of creating a great garden with this years choice of plants and seeds, but working with the weather which is not always in our favour.
Gardeners have always loved to rise to the challenge of getting the biggest plant possible.
My first experience of fresh raspberries goes back to the early fifties as this wee scruffy lad joined a band of other kids from the new housing estate St. Mary’s and headed into the countryside to pick some berries for which we would get paid a hefty price of a half penny for every pound picked.
Roses were at their most popular about 50 years ago.
Gardening is a great way of keeping fit, explains gardening expert John Stoa
We grow plants for their beauty, and taste when we want to consume them, but all plants have a desire for survival so to deter predators many have developed a massive array of poisons in roots, bark, leaves, stems, seeds and flowers.
As we leave autumn behind, and winter has not yet set in there are always a few dry sunny frost free days when we can get into the garden to catch up on all those wee jobs put off for a few days.
I have had a fascination and love for lilies most of my gardening life.