Gardening services – make your garden bonnie

If you would like some help with your garden, please get in touch. My ethos is simple – I treat every garden I work in with the respect and care that I give to my own garden.  That is what all gardeners should do. I offer a full range of gardening services, maintenance and advice for…

Automatic watering systems and why I’d consider getting one

I can honestly say I’d never given automatic watering systems a second thought until I started to grow my own tomatoes and courgettes indoors this year.  I’ve got six tomato plants and two courgettes which I’ve brought on from seed and they need lots of water (and now that the flowers have started to show,…

A beautiful garden is a neat and tidy garden

Flickr What do you imagine when you think of a beautiful, vibrant garden space? It might be perfectly arranged flower beds, gorgeous garden paths and mystical lighting arrangements. It’s unlikely that you think about mowing the lawns, weeding the beds and removing unwanted debris from the garden. But crafting and maintaining the perfect garden is…

How to throw a Garden Party – in Scotland!

When the weather is great it’s easy to get creative about throwing an outdoor party.  Unfortunately though, the Scottish climate doesn’t always lend itself to partying in the garden – even during the Summer. In this blog, Sara McQueen, who works in the marketing department of Scottish timber company, Stewart Timber, gives us her pointers…

Neonics and how they’re killing our bees

Any gardener worth their salt knows the importance of bees, and there’s something heartening about seeing them buzzing around the garden helping flowers and plants pollinate far and wide. However, you might not be seeing quite as many bees around these days, and that’s because bee population is in decline. It’s been an issue for…

It’s nearly show time! Gardening Scotland 2017

Tomorrow marks the start of Gardening Scotland 2017– the nation’s biggest and most established garden and outdoor living festival – taking place at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston until Sunday 4th June. Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show, the festival is guaranteed to stimulate all the senses, with something to inspire and…

How to plant a hedge – advice from Hopes Groves nurseries

If you’ve decided you want to add a hedge to your garden but you’re not sure where to start, I have the answer for you. As you’d expect there are a few things you need to bear in mind when planting. Hedges are great at providing many different attributes to a garden – they can act…

Hedge trimmer review – Einhell GE-PH 2555

A good hedge trimmer is an essential tool for any gardener – not just for cutting hedges but also for shaping larger garden shrubs such as photinia, cornus and aucuba. I recently purchased a new Einhell GE-PH 2555 from power tool and garden supply company FFX and while the hedge trimming season isn’t yet in full…

Creating a wildlife-friendly garden

Having a garden gives you a daily opportunity to see and learn about the wildlife that is living around your doorstep. There are things you can do to increase the amount of visitors your garden gets and here are a few tips: Plant a tree or shrub Having a tree or shrub in your garden…

Community growing at Glasgow’s Kinning Park

I like to help promote local good causes, so please read on if you are interested in horticulture and live in Glasgow.  This  blog post was brought to you by the Kinning Park Complex Herb and Sensory Garden in Association with My Park Scotland The Kinning Park Complex is an independent multi-use Community Centre in…

Artificial grass – a gardener’s friend or foe?

While artificial grass has been around for over 50 years, its only recently that we’ve seen a significant uptake in its usage amongst British gardeners and landscapers. In years gone by, artificial lawn installations were confined to sports clubs and professional or educational establishments, but recent improvements in the production of textile grass-like-carpet materials have…

Competition launches to find Scotland’s best gardener

The organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have launched a brand-new, nation-wide competition to find Scotland’s best gardener. The Gardener of the Year award is open to anyone with a passion for creating inspiring outdoor spaces, from novices to experts, young to old and amateurs to…