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Late Winter Colours – Jeremy’s blog

LATE WINTER COLOURS I thought I would write and give some ideas regarding some late winter colour. Winter is always a hard time of year and think we all need some colour by our front and back doors in a tub or basket to make us feel perhaps a little warmer. Letting us...

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All about Hedges – Jeremy’s Blog

HEDGES - Hedges, where do l start. Hedges can be any plant, they are just planted closer and in rows. Normally to give a barrier between one part of the garden and another. They can be decorative, usually evergreen or deciduous (lose their leaves and dormant in the...

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Jeremy’s Bumbles November Newsletter 2018

Good evening everyone and let me say how nice it is to write to you all, from my window seat, via the new medium (to me) of social media. How are you all? I have missed being at bumbles and talking and seeing you all. But I hope my son and his team have been helping...

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Video Tutorials

Building a Rockery Planter

Building a rockery planter with alpine and other dry plants can be a fantastic alternative to standard bedding planters. It's a very easy process, so as you can see in the photo 1 simply prepare your planter with some nice fresh multi-purpose compost and add some...

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Summer pruning for Wisteria

How to prune your Wisteria in Summer Following on from the Wisteria winter pruning video, Ross gives us some tips on summer pruning for Wisteria. "Our Wisteria arch is looking beautiful, we have had loads of flowers and as you can see, it's got a lot of extension...

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How to Prune and Train Wisteria

An instructional video with Ross showing how to prune and train wisteria in winter. Wisteria pruning happens twice a year, once in January/February and again in July/August - see our summer pruning video for instructions. Call in to see us anytime for hands-on advice...

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Wisteria pruning with Ross at Bumbles

Wisteria Hoop training. An ornamental project training a wisteria standard onto a hoop frame to give a umbrella effect come flowering time. Ross shows us his methods and pruning. Keep watching for more instructional videos on plant care and maintenance.  

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Gardener’s Calendar

Getting started with Seed Potatoes

Getting started with Seed Potatoes

The final garden job we would like to share this month is all about vegetable gardens. Potatoes! Seed potatoes are now in here at Bumbles and potatoes are very easy to grow in containers or bags on your patio as well as in your veg garden / allotment. If you have a...

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Pruning & Cutbacks – February Garden Maintenance

Pruning & Cutbacks – February Garden Maintenance

The next garden job we would like to share with you is pruning and cutbacks in the garden! Your winter-flowering shrubs such as Mahonia, Winter Jasmine and Heathers can be pruned back once they have finished flowering to encourage new growth for the next season....

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February Garden Maintenance

February Garden Maintenance

Another important garden job to ensure you do before the spring is general garden maintenance and tidying! Be sure to cut down deciduous ornamental grasses (Miscanthus, Pennisetum, Molinia, etc) that are in the garden to tidy them up before the fresh new shoots...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in December

The Gardener’s Calendar in December

  Sunrise & Sunset times... December's shortest days and longest nights are a tough time for plants. The cold and wet will see off any of the less hardy plants but for the keen gardener that just means you have a spot for something new in the spring so it's...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in November

The Gardener’s Calendar in November

  Sunrise & Sunset times... November days are much shorter now. Frosts are likely and southern England can see the first snow falls so be prepared! There's still lots you can do in the garden when the weather is right though and those lovely crisp mornings...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in October

The Gardener’s Calendar in October

  Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, When I have no engagements written on my block,                   - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... October brings the autumn equinox heralding the change of seasons. With the misty mornings and...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in September

The Gardener’s Calendar in September

  "Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling." -  William Wordsworth, September Sunrise & Sunset times... Easing now towards...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in August

The Gardener’s Calendar in August

  "Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen The hey-day of the year With robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear." - R. Combe Miller Sunrise & Sunset times... The warmest month of the year, despite the shortening days, August is usuall...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in July

The Gardener’s Calendar in July

  For every bee becomes a drunken lover, Standing upon his head to sup the flowers,                   - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... July is often a dry month (though not always!). When watering plants water well and rarely rather than little...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in June

The Gardener’s Calendar in June

  See the kind cattle drowsing in the shade, And hear the bee about his amorous trade,                   - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... June, mid-summer's day means we have lots of daylight to enjoy the garden. The weather though can be...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in May

The Gardener’s Calendar in May

  Breadth of the English shires, Hummock and kame and mead, Tang of the reeking byres, Land of the English breed, A man and his land make a man and his creed. - Vita Sackville West  Sunrise & Sunset times... May, characterised by the first really warm days of...

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The Gardener’s Calendar in April

The Gardener’s Calendar in April

  Tools with the comely names, Mattock and scythe and spade, Couth and bitter as flames, Clean, and bowed in the blade, A man and his tools make a man and his trade.                                    - Vita Sackville West Sunrise & Sunset times... April is...

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