Help and Advice

Tree Planting & Pruning Guides & Tutorials – View all

A short video giving an easy step by step guide on how best to plant a bare root tree.

Watch this short video for an easy step by step guide on planting a container tree.

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....

The Principle of Pruning Apples Trees

Our Plant Area Manager, Ross, explains and demonstrates the principles of pruning apple trees.

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...

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...

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.  

General Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice – View all

Find advice here on growing, planting and caring for your plants, both inside and outside. We’ve also some top gardening tips from the team at Bumbles, and information on plants you may not be aware of (including Dandelions!!). 

Benefits of Autumn Tree Planting

We often think that autumn is just about putting the garden to 'bed' for the winter, and wait until the spring before planting out anything new. Spring can be a great time of year to plant, but autumn is actually the perfect time for planting trees. Here are a few...

Autumn garden advice

October brings the autumn leaves and with it, plenty of jobs to do in the garden. Keep harvesting those crops and tidying and maintaining plants and equipment. Here's a list of things to get started with: Net ponds to remove any leaf litter Clean, disinfect and...

Low light houseplants

We already know that houseplants detoxify our air and make us happier. These 5 plants thrive in low-light so now you can have some green in every corner of your home. Monstera plant Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, this low light houseplant is recognized by its...

Repot your pot plant in 7 easy steps

Are your pot plants looking a little lacklustre, with roots poking out the top of the soil? It could be that they need a bigger, better home! Here's how to repot your plant in 7 easy steps: The new pot should be approximately 2cm larger than the previous one. Lift the...

All about Mulch and Mulching!

Mulch is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to save water while also keeping your garden and pot plants thriving. When it comes to mulch, our absolute favourite is the Blooming Amazing soil conditioning mulch – read more about it on the Blooming Amazing...

Top tips for growing radishes

Did you know radishes are one of the easiest (and quickest!) vegetables to grow? Here are our top Radish recommendations: Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Sow the seeds 2cm apart and cover with 1cm of soil. Water well and within 4-6 days, seedlings will...

Natural ways to keep garden bugs at bay!

There is no escaping it. Even the keenest of gardeners will at some point face an onslaught of bugs, critters and creepy-crawlies. And while some are seemingly harmless and almost friendly, some seem intent on destroying your hard green fingered work in their...

Time to plant and sow

February to do list: Plant and Sow Plant pansy and viola seedlings now in well-composted beds. They’ll reward you with a burst of colour in late winter and spring. Sow the following seeds now for colour in summer: alyssum, balsam, candytuft, linaria, impatiens, and...

How to propagate Monstera

Propagating a Monstera is so rewarding and the quickest and easiest way to create your very own jungle at home. Let us help you make a start! Find the Node - Nodes are where new branches (petiole) start. Signified by a slightly swollen ridge around them. Locate a...

Top tips for happy herbs!

We’re stocked to the brim with our fresh herb collection, which means it’s time to get planting! No matter the size of your garden, herbs can help so much with our wellbeing. Put them in pots, on a windowsill or in the border. As long as you follow the handy tips...

Gardener’s Calendar

The Gardener’s Calendar in August

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

The Gardener’s Calendar in September

  "Departing summer hath assumedAn aspect tenderly illumed,The gentlest look of spring;That calls from yonder leafy shadeUnfaded, yet prepared to fade,A timely carolling."-  William Wordsworth, SeptemberSunrise & Sunset times... Easing now towards Autumn the...

The Gardener’s Calendar in July

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

The Gardener’s Calendar in November

  November comesAnd November goes,With the last red berriesAnd the first white snows.With night coming early,And dawn coming late,And ice in the bucketAnd frost by the gate.The fires burnAnd the kettles sing,And earth sinks to restUntil next spring.~ Elizabeth...

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 WestSunrise & Sunset times... April is when...

The Gardener’s Calendar in January

  "Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream." ~ Josephine NueseSunrise & Sunset times... January can bring some dry bright sunny days for...

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 WestSunrise & Sunset times... October brings the autumn equinox heralding the change of seasons. With the misty mornings and cooler...

The Gardener’s Calendar in December

  "I heard a bird singIn the dark of DecemberA magical thingAnd sweet to remember. 'We are nearer to SpringThan we were in September,'I heard a bird singIn the dark of December."Oliver HerfordSunrise & Sunset times... December's shortest days and longest...

The Gardener’s Calendar in February

In February, if the days be clear,The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing,Will sense the opening of another year,And blunder out to seek another spring                  - Vita Sackville WestSunrise & Sunset times... February can bring some dry bright sunny days...

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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