Plants

The best places to visit to see bluebells

Wandering through woodland among a sea of bluebells swathed in dappled light is a magical experience. Now is the time to get out and see these wonderful British flowers for yourself, so take a look through our suggestions for the best places to visit to see bluebells.  

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Places to visit to see bluebells. Photo Getty Images

Wandering through woodland among a sea of bluebells swathed in dappled light is a magical experience. Now is the time to get out and see these wonderful British flowers for yourself, so take a look through our suggestions for the best places to visit to see bluebells.  

20% off Chiltern Seeds

Make the most of this offer and get seed sowing now for fantastic and fruitful summer displays. Valid until 31 May 2017.

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Chiltern Seeds Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora'

Make the most of this offer and get seed sowing now for fantastic and fruitful summer displays. Valid until 31 May 2017.

If you loved our profile of poppies in the May Gardens Illustrated (issue 247), you'll be keen to make the most of Chiltern Seeds' 20% discount reader offer.

Chiltern Seeds offers a good selection of poppy seeds from annuals to perennials alongside a full range of flower and vegetable seeds.

Alys Fowler’s garden tasks for April

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Alys Fowler lists some of the essential tasks to do in the garden this month to ensure that you are prepared as possible. 

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Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' by Rachel Warne

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Alys Fowler lists some of the essential tasks to do in the garden this month to ensure that you are prepared as possible. 

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Some years it can be so warm you can put your shorts on and plant out tomatoes before the month is out. Other years it's mainly wet and grey. Whatever the state of play there is plenty to be pricked out, potted up and moved around.

The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

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The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

Support your climbing plants this season with one of these nine designs

 

MAKE AN ENTRANCE
Gothic Arch,
(270 x 120cm), £305, Muntons,
muntons.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhubarb ketchup

Gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for rhubarb ketchup

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Rhubarb ketchup recipe

Gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for rhubarb ketchup

If you have more rhubarb than you know what to do with, think beyond puddings. Rhubarb is a versatile ingredient that makes good pickles, cordials, ketchups and chutneys.

 

Rhubarb ketchup

 

A tangy, sour and spicy ketchup that is very good with a bacon sandwich.

Gardens to visit to find planting inspiration during the Easter weekend

Five places to visit to see spring plants at their best.

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Gardens to visit for planting inspiration

Five places to visit to see spring plants at their best.

If you're out and about visiting family and friends this Easter, try and squeeze in a visit to one of these gardens to find planting inspiration for the year ahead. In this selection you'll not only find great gardens to see incredible planting schemes but also recommended places to buy rare and usual plants to add new interest to your existing beds and borders. 

5 pieces of gardening advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated

From planting tulips to building steps, here are five pieces of advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated.

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Five pieces of advice from the April issue

From planting tulips to building steps, here are five pieces of advice from the April issue of Gardens Illustrated.

April is a busy month in the garden and in our April issue there's plenty of information to absorb and to take note of. Here, we've rounded up five of the best pieces of advice to bear in the mind this April. 

 

Arundel Castle's head gardener Martin Duncan gives tips for growing tulips.

Book of the month: The Thoughtful Gardener

The Thoughtful Gardener by garden designer Jinny Blom is our book of the month.

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The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom

The Thoughtful Gardener by garden designer Jinny Blom is our book of the month.

The Thoughtful Gardener: An intelligent approach to garden design
by Jinny Blom

 

Jacqui Small, £35
ISBN 978-1910254592

A detailed and richly illustrated account of how one of the UK’s leading practitioners approaches the art of garden design.

Reviewer Annie Gatti is a garden writer and editor.

 

 

 

How to plant Morocco knapweed seeds from the March issue

On the cover of the March issue you'll find a packet of Morocco knapweed seeds. Here we explain how to plant them. Seed packet illustration by Hannah McVicar. 

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Morocco knapweed seeds from March issue

On the cover of the March issue you'll find a packet of Morocco knapweed seeds. Here we explain how to plant them. Seed packet illustration by Hannah McVicar. 

Morocco knapweed

(Valutaria muricata 'Desert Star')

Easy-to-grow, lilac, thistle-like flowers with soft, creamy centres that create an airy, informal display. Loved by bees, butterflies and overflies, they will flower all summer long. Often labelled incorrectly as Amberboa muricata.

 

 

 

Three great recipes for cabbages and cauliflower

Cabbages and cauliflowers are kings of winter vegetables, still proving their worth ahead of the rush of spring crops. Here are a few recipes that bring their delicious flavour to the fore. 

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Recipes for cabbages and cauliflower

Cabbages and cauliflowers are kings of winter vegetables, still proving their worth ahead of the rush of spring crops. Here are a few recipes that bring their delicious flavour to the fore. 

Both cauliflowers, with their creamy curds, and crisp Savoy cabbages, with their crinkled leaves, are undeniably beautiful. As edibles, the most common approach to cooking them (plainly boiled) is often the least rewarding. Cauliflower is delicious with a cheese sauce, but it is also very good broken into florets and roasted. In the recipes below, both vegetables take centre stage, either as a side dish or main event.

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