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Sweet peas: Growing tips and where to buy the best range of seeds

Find a magical mix of sweet pea cultivars from Easton Walled Garden in Lincolnshire, plus growing tips and where to buy the best selection of seeds. 

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Sweet peas, growing tips for sweet peas, where to buy sweet peas

Find a magical mix of sweet pea cultivars from Easton Walled Garden in Lincolnshire, plus growing tips and where to buy the best selection of seeds. 

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Easton Walled Gardens is a 12-acre garden in a quiet part of Lincolnshire. It’s been maintained by the Cholmeley family and their gardeners for at least 400 years. More recently, the family discovered that sweet peas grow very well in the garden and they now grow more than 100 cultivars for display and cutting and they harvest the seed to sell. Below you'll find a selection of sweet peas from the gardens, plus growing tips and advice on where to buy them. 

 

Summer salad recipes

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh has three recipes for sumptuous summer salads made with the freshest of ingredients picked straight from the allotment. 

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Summer salad recipes

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh has three recipes for sumptuous summer salads made with the freshest of ingredients picked straight from the allotment. 

Make green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly

You don't always have to wait until harvest time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Jojo Tulloh explains how to unlock the early flavours of gooseberries with this recipe for green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly. (Corrected version)

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Jojo Tulloh c. Sarah Young

You don't always have to wait until harvest time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Jojo Tulloh explains how to unlock the early flavours of gooseberries with this recipe for green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly. (Corrected version)

When you have an allotment or vegetable garden, you can harvest and cook your ingredients when you choose, experiencing their flavours at each stage of their growth even when under-ripe. In June, the crops of fruit bushes and trees require selective thinning; both gooseberries and apples will grow bigger if some of their number is removed. Don’t throw these on the compost heap - hard, green gooseberries and sweet-scented, creamy-white elder blossom combine to suggest the flavour of the Muscat grape used to make sweet dessert wines and makes a delicious jelly. 

Tips for combining perennials and roses

The Rose Labyrinth in the Walled Garden at Coughton Court in Warwickshire, cleverly combines roses and perennials. Here we take a closer look at the plant combinations. 

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Combining roses and perennials

The Rose Labyrinth in the Walled Garden at Coughton Court in Warwickshire, cleverly combines roses and perennials. Here we take a closer look at the plant combinations. 

How to create a dog-friendly garden

Design ideas for a dog-friendly garden plus a list of plants that your dog will love.

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How to create a dog-friendly garden

Design ideas for a dog-friendly garden plus a list of plants that your dog will love.

Award-winning designer Brian Burke's garden at Irish garden show, Bloom in the Park looked at how gardeners could create a dog-friendly garden without skimping on style or planting. Sponsored by Dogs Trust Ireland, the design featured fun and stimulating elements for dogs but also allowed for a safe, enjoyable environment for the whole family.

Here is a list of design ideas from Burke's show garden that you can incorporate into your own garden plus a list of plants.

Bloom in the Park 2017

Bloom in the Park is Ireland's largest gardening and horticultural event. It takes place in Phoenix Park in Dublin each year and over 100,000 people attend. Here we've picked out a few of this year's highlights. 

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Bloom in the Park 2017

Bloom in the Park is Ireland's largest gardening and horticultural event. It takes place in Phoenix Park in Dublin each year and over 100,000 people attend. Here we've picked out a few of this year's highlights. 

Bloom in the Park runs from 1-5 June and is Ireland's largest gardening and horticulture festival. Set in the picturesque Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe, the event attracts over 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world.

Twenty-two show gardens entered the festival this year exploring a range of social and cultural issues across Ireland. The gardens are split into four categories; large, medium, small and postcard and gardens in each category compete for the coveted Best in Category Award.

How to maintain a wild rose garden

Writer Katherine Swift has made her mark on the Dower House garden at Morville Hall with a collection of wild roses. Here she gives tips on how to maintain a wild rose garden.

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Morville Hall wild roses c. Jason Ingram

Writer Katherine Swift has made her mark on the Dower House garden at Morville Hall with a collection of wild roses. Here she gives tips on how to maintain a wild rose garden.

(Above) Rosa 'Splendent', grown on ropes and poles, forms myrrh-scented hedging at the back of the Victorian Rose Border at Morville Hall

 

Gardens Illustrated Chelsea Flower Show stand planter

Our stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show gained a 3-star award, thanks in part to the beautiful planter provided by nursery Hortus Loci. Find out more about the gorgeous plants that made up the mix.

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Hortus Loci planter

Our stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show gained a 3-star award, thanks in part to the beautiful planter provided by nursery Hortus Loci. Find out more about the gorgeous plants that made up the mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to create stylish summer container displays

Head gardener Thomas Unterdorfer shows how to create a stunning container display with a gently wild style for early summer.

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How to create stylish summer displays

Head gardener Thomas Unterdorfer shows how to create a stunning container display with a gently wild style for early summer.

May is the time for planting up summer displays. Most of the plants in the garden at Rockcliffe, where I am head gardener, are grown from cuttings from the previous season, but a few are bought or traded in. The display on the terrace is kept very cool and calm to work with the surrounding green and grey planting and with the box, osmanthus and yew topiary.

Ten facts you probably didn't know about poppies

The poppy is an unassuming but widely recognised flower and it has a fascinating history. Here are ten interesting facts about poppies. 

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Facts you probably didn't know about poppies

The poppy is an unassuming but widely recognised flower and it has a fascinating history. Here are ten interesting facts about poppies. 

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