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Blog Profile / BBC Gardening

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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

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Changes to the BBC Gardening website

Many of the BBC's factual websites will be changing over the next twelve months. Exciting changes are planned but in the short term, it means that we will no longer be updating some of our existing sites including BBC Gardening Online. You'll...Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

The Gardening Blog team are taking a short break for a few weeks, but we'll be back later in January. In the meantime, have a very Happy New Year and we wish you all the best for 2012!

'Tis the Season to be Holly

‘The holly and the ivyWhen they are both full-grownOf all the trees that are in the woodThe holly bears the crown’ What would Christmas be without holly? Its red berries bedeck our Christmas puds and liven up the wreaths which hang on our doors: and never mind the extra food they provide for birds. Show More Summary

Winter Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Prunus x subhirtella 'Fukubana' If you thought there wasn't much to look at outside at this time of year - think again. Dozens of beautiful trees and shrubs are at their colourful best in December and into early spring and here are some...Show More Summary


No other part of fruit growing creates more uncertainty and confusion than pruning. Terminology such as renewal pruning, replacement pruning, tip bearers, spur bearers, fruit buds and growth buds abound and cause confusion and trepidation. Show More Summary

All I want for Christmas

It's easy to buy a plant for a gardener at Christmas, isn't it? You just pop into a garden centre and buy a bright poinsettia or, if you're really pushing the boat out, a pure white orchid tied primly to an upright cane, its roots creeping weirdly out of a seemingly undersized pot. Show More Summary

Poinsettias for Christmas

The poinsettia could have been specially designed for Christmas with its bright-red halo and festive green foliage. However that red halo is not just a pretty face: it's the secret of the poinsettia's popularity. It can last for months because the red halo consists of long-lasting leafy bracts rather than soft petals that shrivel up quickly. Show More Summary

Designing a Winter Garden

Right, before you read on I'd like you to walk to a window and take a look at your garden. So, what's it look like? Colourful? Full of interest? My garden is neither of these things right now, and has big patches of bare earth, soggy perennials, the odd shrub and very little colour. Show More Summary

Tree Dressing

Decorating Christmas trees is so last year. This weekend, it's all about sprucing up your local spruce (or oak, or beech, or ash). Tree Dressing (Photo: Weald & Downland Open Air Museum) I'm on about National Tree Dressing Day, always...Show More Summary


Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Poinsettia! At least, that's what many of our customers tell us after visiting our annual Poinsettia Walks, now approaching their 15th year. The poinsettia season in fact begins as far back as March, when orders are placed for the oncoming season. Show More Summary

Dried Flowers for Christmas

Christmas has arrived again already at Cotehele, and the gardeners are busy putting together our Christmas decorations and really putting the 'd' in decoration! "Last year's garland suspended the whole length of the main hall of theShow More Summary

Night Gardening

If you work any kind of regular hours, it is easy to feel disconnected from your garden. It has its finest moments when you are stuck in the office. Your flowers are blooming away while you play solitaire over an over-chilled sandwich. Show More Summary

Biodegradable Decorations

I once had to sit in a yew tree with a smoke machine and press a button at the required moment so that a great bellow of smoke would appear. It was a pretty awful job, as more smoke seemed to come out of the back of the machine than the front. Show More Summary

Natural Swimming Ponds

On a cold, frosty morning like today the idea of diving into a cold garden pond for a swim isn't my idea of fun. But these natural swimming ponds are becoming quite popular as people like the idea of swimming in clean, chemical-free water. Show More Summary

A Drop of Exotica: Water Hyacinths

Water hyacinth Baby blue flowers rising from gloriously glossy, luxuriously generous leaves make water hyacinths among the most beautiful of all the pond plants you can grow. If you've got a taste for the tropical and your pond is nestled...Show More Summary

Seed Heads

As October turns into November and then into December, the spirit of the gardener often sinks to a seasonal low. The leaves have fallen from the trees and all too often the garden is a brown and soggy mess. Autumnal prairie boarder There...Show More Summary


Tulipa 'Ballerina' Tulips make the best spring-flowering cut flowers. There's nothing that comes near their incredible range of colours and their variation of flower shapes from the tall, and elegant Lily-flowered, to the frilly-edged and crimped Parrot brigade. Show More Summary

Designing a Berry Patch

Most gardens have a veg patch tucked away somewhere, a strip of land set aside for spuds and beans and cabbages. It's all rather homely-sounding, with echoes of Beatrix Potter and flat caps and hoeing. Raspberry But I've had it with homely. Show More Summary

Choosing and Planting Trees

'The right tree for the right spot' may sound simplistic, but time spent finding out your soil type (acid or alkaline?) and assessing the site for sun or shade and shelter will pay dividends. Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree) The golden rule is to identify the conditions of your location first and then find a tree to suit. Show More Summary


Say what you like, the gods of Ancient Greece were out for a good time and weren’t afraid of the consequences. Take Zephyr, god of the west wind, and his pal Apollo. One day Apollo was teaching a handsome young man named Hyakinthos how to throw the discus. Show More Summary

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