Bents Garden Centre

Bents Garden Centre

At first site Bents garden centre, in Glazebury near Warrington Cheshire, is one of your typical large garden centres selling furniture, clothes, shoes, food pet supplies oh and plants.  But there is more to it than that.  To start with 60% of the plants sold are grown in the site nursery.  Whilst the entrance to this garden centre looks modest… Read More

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Hosta Corner

During the last bank holiday I relaid the path curving it under the arch.  This had the effect of enlarging the side bed. The area has laid unplanted until today.   Looking around the garden I had noticed that a lot of plants were growing on top of each other partly due to my inability to remember what… Read More

Lupins

Lupins The Rocket Flowers

Lupins are one of the classic cottage garden flowers.  There towering flower spikes punctuating the borders like multi coloured rockets awaiting take off. Taking Care of your Lupins Lupins are fairly easy to take care of, plant in a sunny well drained area and off they go.  Feed a phosphorous rich fertilizer to encourage flowering… Read More

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Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Chocolate cream pie. A pie filled with chocolate.  Sounds like every kids dream.  The inspiration to make this recipe was after watching Julie and Julia a film which interweaves the stories of Julia Child  and a New York blogger Julie Powell.   I have put this recipe together from several I found on the Internet with a few… Read More

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Fathers Day Cacti

For Fathers Day my two sons gave me four cactus to add to my collection and a wooden box to display them in.  One of the cacti was far too large for the box and so was substituted with a couple of smaller cacti and a succulent I already had.  I had wanted to create a mini garden for… Read More

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The Polytunnel

I purchased a 10ft by 6ft polytunnel two years ago when we moved in to this house.  It hasn’t been particular successful so far but maybe I haven’t given it a chance. The first year I positioned it in the wrong place so it wasn’t getting enough sun. This led to a mass of foliage… Read More

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Tomato Plants

This year I have limited the number of tomato plants to just six.  I have gone for 3 heritage varieties and 3 traditional. I was going to just go for the standard good yield tomatoes but when I went to get the plants there was an old couple having an argument over which to buy.  He never stopped smiling while… Read More

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A New Look Site

Did you notice the new design?  Not only has the site undergone a make over  but I also took the decision to move my blog to a new home away from Blogger. Unfortunately that wasn’t as easy as I had hoped and has sadly meant I have lost all of the wonderful comments everyone had contributed.  So don’t… Read More

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Affordable Planting

Watching the the great Chelsea Challenge on the BBC you couldn’t help but be impressed by the designs of the gardens created by the amateur designers. However the one thing that struck me was the amount of money which was spent on plants to create such small gardens.  Scaling up from their small plots to… Read More