Caring for wild birds in Winter – infographic

Winter can be a  hard time for wild birds, particularly when the ground is frozen. Food is often in short supply and they need to eat plenty to keep up their reserves to stay warm. Encouraging them into your garden, through feeding, not only helps them to survive but you will also have the pleasure…

Guide to companion planting

Companion planting is a subject which has always interested me since I first started gardening in an allotment.  Whether you plant onions with carrots to prevent carrot fly or nasturtiums with courgettes to encourage pollination, it makes far more sense to plant in a natural way than to use chemicals and other unnatural deterrents to…

Staying warm for Winter

When it gets to late Autumn in Scotland the cold temperatures dip and start to bother me, but never enough to put me off gardening.  Gardening is what I enjoy doing most and it’s also how I make a living so I’m always eager to find out more about why we suffer from the cold…

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…

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…

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…

My love of herbaceous perennials

Since we moved to our new home in December 2015 I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the garden. While I’ve been desperate to make a number of changes since day one, I’ve tried to remain patient (much to my frustration) and simply observe what happens in the garden from month to month, making a…

December in the garden

I’ve been terribly neglectful of The Bonnie Gardener blog over the past couple of months, but I would like to assure you that that doesn’t mean I am not gardening or thinking about gardening. Quite the contrary, in fact – I have been kept fully occupied over the Autumn pruning, clearing out herbaceous beds, doing…

Spending time outdoors in Winter

Even at this time of year it’s great to get out in the garden – it’ s a perfect opportunity to take stock of how it’s looking, spend some much-needed time outdoors and have a look at the wildlife you share your home and outside space with. Now that the growing season is over, it…