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…

Guest blog – top ten garden gadgets

The advancement of technology means there are lots of sophisticated gadgets that will bring benefits to any gardening enthusiast. In this blog, guest blogger Lillian Danner – all the way from New York City – tells us what she thinks are ten of the best gadgets for gardeners.  They are all available for purchasing on…

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…

November gardening jobs

 I’m not sure where the year has gone – it seems like only yesterday that we were in the height of summer, but now the evenings are dark and this week I saw the first frost of the season on the ground. The Autumn months are a great time of year for taking stock of…

Creating the perfect Winter garden

The weather in the UK – and especially Scotland – can be unpredictable at the best of times, and cold sharp frosts can have a drastic effect on some of the more tender plants in your garden.  Thankfully, there are some age-old techniques, as well as some modern ones, you can tap into to get…

The benefits of having a greenhouse

I don’t have a greenhouse in my garden, but it is definitely at the top of my list of priorites for next year. There’s lots of reasons why I want one – particularly for starting seeds off early, protecting half hardy plants and growing my own tender vegetables – they are the perfect addition to…

Pruning acers in the dormant season

Most gardens have space for an acer of two. These beautiful maple trees come in a huge number of varieties and offer interest in many ways, whether that’s attractive bark, delicate leaves or fantastic deep red autumn colour. Autumn is the time to prune acers because they tend to bleed heavily when they are in active…

Urban gardening – making the most of small spaces

You don’t need a big space to enjoy gardening – whether you have a large back garden or a small window box, there’s lots you can do to make the most of your outdoor area.  Urban gardens can be made into the perfect haven to escape to after a busy day working in the city. …

Autumn is coming – is your garden ready?

Summer is fading and autumn is just around the corner. Transitional periods can be tricky for us gardeners, but after the productive summer months I personally see it as a good time to sit back and take stock and see how you can enhance the garden for the season ahead. Here are some of the…

Gardening in September and October

It may only be the start of September but I can feel Autumn is setting in. The mornings are cooler and darker, the grass is growing much slower and the daily gardening tasks are shifting away from lawn maintenance and perennial beds towards hedge cutting, leaf clearing and pulling out spent plants and flowers for…

Create a garden for adults and children

Particularly at this time of year, the garden should be considered an extension of the home – a space to relax, get back to nature, socialise with friends and play with the kids. Make the most of it during the summer – it’s a great opportunity to get away from the TV and spend some…