Enjoy a Traditional Autumn Daisy in May with Alpine Asters

I’ve gotta say, I love alpine asters. When you think of asters, your mind probably leaps forward to late summer and autumn borders filled with those bluish, purple and pink daisy flowers. They’re a great late-season plant, though mine have always tended to get mildew. HOWEVER, if you want to enjoy t…

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Carnivorous Plants | Gorgeous Sarracenia Flowers

 
I’ve always loved carnivorous plants, but I never expected to see these stunning sarracenia flowers. When I was a boy, I remember keeping a couple of venus fly traps. I poked and prodded and killed the poor things eventually. I mean, there’s only so many times a plant can tolerate a rough ch…

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The Joy of Geraniums

Perennial geraniums are a fabulous plant. I mentioned ‘perennial’ because the misnomer that pelagoniums are geraniums continues, led by garden centres and nurseries around the country. In fact, both of these plants are perennial. Pelagoniums, though not frost hardy, will quite happily develop into a…

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A 'Blooming' Good Reason for Growing Houseleeks

Succulents have, by and large, passed me by for most of my green-fingered life. It was only when I began planning my wedding and looking at more masculine table settings and bouquets, that I began to realise just how wonderful Sempervivum (houseleeks) are. Until then I knew them only for nostalgic r…

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Making a Case for Violas

There’s no love lost between Pansies and I. I’m not really a big fan of gaudy flowers, and I’m afraid I normally put pansies in this category. Add the fact there’s a vast amount of deadheading to do throughout the season, not to mention these plants tend to be short-lived and get very straggly, and …

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Plant Pick - Growing Hollyhocks

I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of short-lived plants. I like to plop a plant in and leave it, allowing its perennial nature to keep it growing year after year. All this annual and biennial sowing nonsense; no, I can’t be doing with that. Aside from a few plants, however. And one of these is th…

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Plant Pick - Growing Dahlias

‘Tis very much the season for dahlias. I’m a huge fan of these blooms, though I admit, I have a slight love/hate relationship. There are a vast array of varieties in the dahlia collection, from sinewy, single-petalled bloomers to small, clump forming plants with huge, gaudy flowers. It’s the latter …

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Plant Pick - Growing Tulips

If you hadn’t heard, it’s September already. That means it’s time to plant bulbs for a spring show in 2015. And, if you’re stocking up, then it’s definitely time to be thinking about tulips.

I often think that tulips are one of the more overlooked bulbs. We all fill our gardens with daffs, crocus…

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Plant Pick - Growing Osteospermum (Cape Daisy)

I always feel as if some plants are vastly overlooked for tropical looking species and varieties that are new on the scene. Osteospermum (African Daisy), for example, seems to have a new colour shade coming out every years. However, I still have an extremely strong affection for Osteospermum jucundu…

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Plant Pick - Growing Sedum (Herbsfreude)

Okay, hear me out; Yes, Sedum Herbstfreude is an extremely common plant that may seem rather dull to you. BUT, I feel this plant is often overlooked. It has a huge number of positives; it’s wildlife friendly, it’s easy to grow, it has fantastic cover during late summer/early autumn AND it provides s…

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MONDAY MAGIC – Orchids, Eggs and Seedlings

Happy Monday!

Every week I try to find something a little inspiring from Mother Nature to help kick start the week and begin with a little positivity. Luckily, the sun is shining today and there’s quite a lot going on here at Brimwood Farm. The orchids are flowering, seedlings are growing and the next generation of my chicken experiment are being laid – time to get the incubator back on!… Continue reading

Three Ways to Get Cheap Plants | Fill Your Border for Bargain

Can you believe it’s just starting snowing? And there was I thinking that spring might soon be on the way. It seems that garden centres and plant supplies think so too, for catalogues keep arriving, trying to entice me to buy. Also, many of the bargain homeware stores that sell plants seasonally are beginning to stock garden stuff, so it’s worth keeping your eyes open!

Three Seeds to Sow in February!

Well, despite having the lurgie, I managed to crawl from my bed this morning, drag the bag of compost to the back door and sort out my three seeds to sow in February! The seedlings from last month continue to prosper. Okay, white lie; the aubergines and achillea continue to prosper, the lettuces all died. Oops. They got too wet and became mouldy as a result so I’ve had to… Continue reading

Monday Magic – Finding Peace with Backyard Chickens

Well, those wintry frosts have receded, giving way to milder wet weather. There’s no getting around it; when  warmer climes arrive, us gardeners just have to put up with a few months of damp, wet gardening. However, with blue skies above and green shoots beginning to appear all over the place, there is time for a little optimism.

This Monday Magic was found in the chicken shed.… Continue reading

A Winter Tour – Spring Bulbs, January Seedlings & Overwintering Annuals

It was only in November, that I filmed a little autumn tour of the garden and menagerie, but seeing as winter’s set in and there’s not a huge amount of growing to be done, I thought I’d follow up with a peruse around the garden again. And, surprisingly, there are a few development, with January seedlings, a few available vegetables and some overwintering annuals.

Winter’s a time when… Continue reading

Build a Garden Deck to Enhance Your Home and Life

If you’re at a loss of what to do in these colder, quieter weeks of the year, then I’ve got Travis Wilson to inspire you. A carefully thought out deck or outdoor room can transform your garden, and as garden jobs are few and far between at the moment, you might be inspired to get building!

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Spending time outside in a garden area or a well-maintained yard can be… Continue reading

Monday Magic – Enjoying those Winter Frosts

For us gardeners, it can be rather easy to huddle away inside with a cup of tea and a seed catalogue whilst completely forgetting about outside. But…there is a lot of beauty in those winter frosts, and it’s the cold, crisp weather that’s taken my focus for Monday Magic this week.

There are all manner of positive things that a good spot of cold weather does. Firstly, it kills the… Continue reading

The 2017 Garden Trends to Watch Out For

Clear, blue skies are endless today, making outside rather chilly. But, fear not, I have author Ryan Duffy here to discuss some of the gardening trends for 2017. So, prepare for vertical planting, extending your living space and trying to reduce your colour palette <- a huge difficulty for me because…PLANTS!

Without further ado; here’s Ryan.

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The winter months are slowly coming to an end, and after months… Continue reading

Backyard Poultry – A Chicken Tour

It’s time for a tour of my chickens!

There’s not a huge amount growing here at the moment. I have a few seeds on the go in the propagator in an attempt to get an early start. However, in the garden, the ground is hard, the bulbs have been frozen in time and there’s definitely not sign of spring. Thus, there isn’t a vast amount to do <- actually, I… Continue reading

Oh, For the Love of Spring Bulbs – A Saviour of my Sanity

I do love spring bulbs when used wisely. I’m going to put it out there; I’m not a fan of brightly coloured, gaudy, in your face flowers. It means that sun-coloured daffs and scarlet tulips really are not my thing. But it’s safe to say that because bulbs are some of the first things to appear in those dull, wet, cold months of the year they’re important –… Continue reading

Monday Magic – Flowering Orchids

It’s that time of the week; yes – Monday. Being self-employed and able to potter around the garden, Monday doesn’t have the same horror it used to as when I was stuck at a desk, in an office, crunching numbers. But it’s always nice to banish those blues and kickstart the week with a little positivity – especially when Mother Nature provides it for free.

This week I’m looking at… Continue reading

On My Oasis – Return of the Mud

You know, I sometimes feel that all I do is talk about the weather, and not necessarily in a positive light. This weekend has been GRIM. Rain, grey winter has truly arrived on UK shores, and as the fog and dampness flows up The Thames, I’m getting hit with some unwelcome weather. Of course, it’s all rather good for the garden – the plants love all this extra moisture. But… Continue reading

How to Plant a Beautiful English Bluebell Grove

At Brimwood Farm, I’ve been focused on increased biodiversity and creating a wider range of habitats as part of my conservation efforts. There’s very little I can do in the way of growing and farming because the land is over two hours away; so until I move closer, the smallholding has to wait. However, in the intermediary, you may have noticed I’ve been doing a lot of work – a… Continue reading

Your Ultimate Guide to Gardening – Infographic

Sometimes, especially if you’re only just starting to garden, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This great little infographic has picked out four key areas – Seasonal Gardening, Eco-Friendly Gardening, Growing Your Own and Wildlife Gardening – to get you on your way.

 

New Seeds

It’s THAT time of the year. You know what I mean….you arrive home from work. It’s dark. It’s gloomy. But, ‘oh look’, there’s a huge stack of seed catalogues to snuggle up to. You warn yourself only to look, to order a couple of packets at most, but before you know it there are packets and boxes and envelopes of exciting seeds, bulbs and other goodies arriving at… Continue reading



Hi,

I'm Geoff, and I'm a plant hoarder.

Like magpies collect bright shiny things, I can't resist plants. An exquisite flower, soft ferny foliage or a beautiful majestic tree - I love them all!

Here, I'll indulge in all things flora and share my passion. Join me as I develop my garden and hoard more plants without apology.