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Through the grey days of winter I always love to have a selection of pots out on the deck or at the front door with some flowering colour – I have a soft spot for the flowers of Pansies or Violas so they will always...

It is at this time of year, when all the leaves have fallen from the canopies of deciduous trees that you can really see the true shape and habit of your deciduous trees.These clearer views makes it a great time to prune your deciduous trees....

Frost can actually be good in your gardenDespite all the damage a frost can have on your garden there are some plants that actually need a frost for their fruit growth. Many fruit trees such as Cherries, Peaches and Apricots, require a certain number of...

With the cooler weather your garden definitely does not need as much water in winter as it does in summer, as it will not be losing as much water to evaporation. During winter we also get more regular rain fall, foggy mornings, heavy dews and lower...

Here are a few ways to care for frost burnt plantsIf your plants do get hit by a frost, the foliage will turn a blackish purple colour, more succulent leaved plants will turn to mush. It is best to leave this damaged foliage on the...

There are some simple ways of protecting your plants from frost burnA frost will most likely occur when we have temperatures of about 2 degrees and below with clear, cloudless skies at night. A frost can be very damaging to your garden however you can...

Some tips and hints to better understanding frost and the affect it has on your garden.Those of us who live in a cooler climate will know the feeling of dread when you hear that the forecast will be bringing freezing temperatures. I know waking up...

I can never really explain it but Winter for me is an energising and inspirational time in the garden. Probably the biggest factor is the coolers temperatures we experience here in the Hilltops region. I don’t mind layering up with thermals, woollen jumpers, polar fleeces or...

Autumn colours of Pistacia chinensis Fallen Poplar leaves We are now in the full swing of the autumn foliage season. The change in leaf colour is all due to a chemical process which takes place as the seasons change. During the warmer months the leaves have played an...