Letters from the garden
It’s Hampton Court Flower Show and the Sun is shining; I feel for the gardens and displays trying to keep everything watered and kept alive, but I’m sure they will do as much as possible.
If you have visited or are visiting enjoy, I will be watching from the sofa in the evening as we are so busy there Is no opportunity for us to go this year, never-mind I can’t complain I got to do Chatsworth at least.
I am trying to keep up with my garden, it’s gone mad on the weed front but it has filled out beautifully and my pots are looking great, the lavender is stunning, and my cut flower experiment is going well at the moment still some varieties to come out but the Cerinthe and the Cornflowers are looking good, so with the Alchemilla Mollis and Linaria my vases are looking good this year, I just need to add some roses which I haven’t for some reason done yet, for scent I have fallen in love with Chandos Beauty, I also love St Swithuns’ and I will try a scented orange one if I can find it.
Anyway as it’s so hot the lawns are eventually slowing down it’s taken a while, so we can concentrate on the beds and borders and other work that can be done pressure washing is good in this weather, tidying up areas ready for summer parties, and collect fruit that this now ripe, my gooseberries are ready and I’ve managed to keep the birds at bay, but I ate all the strawberries while in the garden so there’s none for anyone else.
Enjoiy the weather and make sure your garden furniture is ready to be used.
If you need any help please give us a call and don’t forget we consulting too, if advice is needed.
Mow ‘n’ Blow Garden Services Ltd
MNB Horticulture Ltd
Keeping it local
…..July….Summertime and the living is easy NOT! This is the month where it just goes mad the colours transfer from the burst in spring and then flowing into summer and yet, a lot of gardens are green for three to four weeks over this period, if the planting hasn’t got coloured foliage or the right flowering plants.
Roses are doing well, just remember to keep deadheading the shrub roses. Check the Clematis for wilt and remove any stems that are affected, and check any plants for signs of pest and diseases, a good remedy that is on our website for slugs and snails is the garlic treatment, this I have been told recently also works on roses to keep some disease at bay so worth a try, it’s on the tips page on our website www.mow-n-blow.co.uk, or you just search for it and there should be lots of recipes for this online.
Fruit time is around the corner and if you are lucky enough this is peach, nectarine and apricot time, also I have had to net my gooseberry plant this year as the birds had a lovely feast last year and I am determined to keep them for us this year, crumble or fool??
Don’t forget to pick the courgettes or they will be MARROWS. I could go on for ages about the veg, just keep an eye out and keep collecting, as you will be rewarded, I am at present eating my strawberries while I do my own garden.
Hedges go mad, if you are the one doing them good luck if not don’t forget to book these as they can get out of control very quickly.
Also enjoy it, get the BBQ going and the G&T ready, so you can use the outside room to affect, and if you think you need ideas I think I need a design so I can really make the most of the space or particular area, we can help.
We have recently done the most beautiful Rockery and Pond with a stream leading to a marsh garden and it has transformed the area, we were very lucky to be involved, Christian at his best, we have also recently built and planted Gaze Burvill’s retail courtyard garden Designed by Anne-Marie Powell, which I believe is working extremely well, as well as entertaining the public from their retail space on Saturdays. they were at Chelsea this year and at Chatsworth selling their beautiful garden furniture.
Oh, and if you need some inspiration or garden work please call😊01420 83471
Lynn and Christian Dupont
Mow n Blow Garden Services Ltd
MNB Horticulture Ltd
MNB Designs Ltd
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business