How to Plant Anemones

Creating an effortless woodland-inspired garden has never been easier. Anemones are perfect for any garden theme and design, adding a wholesome touch to your seasonal displays.

Not only are they a gorgeous bloom, but they’re also incredibly easy to plant. If you’re after something low-maintenance, then the humble anemone should be on your shopping list! With some varieties flowering in early spring and others in summer, there’s an anemone to suit everyone.

If you’re after some easy to digest tips on how to plant anemones, then you’re in the right place. Let’s get gardening!

When to Plant Anemones

The type of anemone will determine when you should be planting it. For spring-flowering varieties like anemone nemerosa and anemone blanda, you should try and get them in the ground around September and October.

Anemone japonica can be planted any time from May to September, flowering in the autumn months. Anemone coronaria, however, flowers in many months depending on when you plant it. To see it appear in summer, plant it in spring. For autumn, plant it in early summer, and for spring plant them in autumn.

How to Plant Anemones

You can get anemones in every which way you can imagine, from bulbs to loose roots. The way you prepare them and plant them will obviously differ depending on what you’ve bought.

For bulbs and corms, dig a hole that’s around 8cm deep and spaced 8cm apart. If planting in containers, leave around 10cm space from the edge of the pot.

Modules are the easiest way to plant anemones. Simply ease them from their container and plant them in the desired area!

For loose roots or rhizomes, soak them in water for about 2-3 hours before planting. This helps them to grow, flowering much quicker than if you planted them dry. Plant them flat about 2cm deep and 8cm apart.

If you’re looking to grow anemones for spring, add some mulch atop the soil to add some extra warmth through the cold winter months. However, anemone coronaria doesn’t do well in extremely cold weather and that may result in them struggling to bloom in the spring months, so this should be taken into account before planting.

Where to Plant Anemones

Wood type anemones can be planted anywhere in the garden, as long as they’re covered with leaf mould to emulate the conditions found in the woods. They can be planted in containers too. Anemone blanda especially likes good drainage, so a container is a good choice for their variety.

Anemone coronaria can be planted in light shade or full sun, as they prefer sunny conditions. Blanda and nemerosa don’t mind the shade as much, as that’s what they get in a woodland area. Plant your anemones in beds, containers, and borders, but just keep these points in mind when choosing your spot!

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How to Plant Shrubs

Shrubs make perfect additions to any garden, regardless of size and shape. Luckily, they’re also incredibly easy to grow too!

With help from gorgeous Azaleas to fragrant Magnolias (and many more!), you too can decorate your gardens with style throughout the year. Here’s how to plant shrubs in your garden.

How to Plant Shrubs

Shrubs, like we mentioned, are incredibly easy to plant. Many of our shrubs come in a plastic pot, which makes your life even easier! Follow these quick steps that will have your shrub in the ground in no less than 30 minutes.

Step 1 – Douse the shrub roots in water until completely soaked.
Step 2 – Dig a hole in your desired spot. This hole should be a bit deeper than the pot and three times as wide. Make sure you loosen the soil below and surrounding the hole so that the roots can fully establish themselves.
Step 3 – Gently tip the plant from the pot. Try not to disturb the roots and damage them in any way. Tease away some of the roots so they get settled easily.
Step 4 – Pop the root ball into the hole and cover with soil. Pat down until firm, but don’t damage the roots below.
Step 5 – Add a layer of mulch on top of the soil to keep the roots warm through the winter months.

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What Is Permaculture Gardening?

Sustainability within our everyday lives is becoming more of a hot topic of discussion. Experts say that the average person can make a big impact by making small changes to their daily routines, whether that’s by recycling, reusing, being conscious of your carbon footprint, or even fine-tuning your gardening techniques.

Within the eco-gardening community prevails a tactic called ‘permaculture gardening’. This practice has been used for hundreds of years by agriculturalists and gardeners alike, concentrating on three main pillars: Caring for the earth, caring for people, and encouraging wildlife.

So, what is permaculture gardening?

Permaculture gardening is essentially creating a garden that co-exists with the environment around it. It focuses on minimal disruption to the soil, but enriching what’s already there, taking only what you need and replacing what you take.

This practice is to mimic nature, producing a sustainable and minimally invasive garden. So, now we know what permaculture gardening is. But how do you start?

There are 8 ways to begin your permaculture journey. These various methods encapsulate the meaning of perma-gardening and sustainability at its core.

  • Plant native. Purchase and grow plants that will thrive in your soil. If there are native plants already in place, leave them be.
  • Build raised beds. To avoid disturbing the ground and the soil, build some raised beds. This means you can till the soil without disrupting what’s already there.
  • Avoid chemicals and non-organic fertilisers. This one speaks for itself. Chemicals and harmful fertilisers do more harm than good, and it’s encouraged to find organic alternatives.
  • Develop a no-dig garden. If you’re working in an allotment and don’t have the space for a raised bed, then a no-dig approach might work for you. Sheet mulching is an easy way to achieve a no-dig garden. Simply lay compostable items on the tops of grass such as cardboard, leaves, and straw to create a layer between your crops or plants and the existing soil below.
Permaculture gardening isn’t a quick fix – It’s a lifestyle change
  • Practice companion planting. Companion planting is an old-age method of gardening. Planting two or more plants together encourages wildlife and will deter pests. Research your plants to discover which will partner perfectly in your area.
  • Consider creating a swale to collect rainwater where it gathers naturally. A swale, in short, is a way to catch rainwater. These can be made anywhere rainwater naturally pools, allowing you to reuse it on your plants. This could be as simple as putting out a bucket to catch rainwater to creating a thought-out ditch form. A perfect way to limit the amount of water you use in your gardening routine.
  • Concentrate on planting low-maintenance crops and plants. Permaculture gardening relies on the natural state of your land. If you struggle to keep up with your plants, then a low-maintenance approach is best. Buy plants that need very little pruning, or pick perfect naturalisers that reappear without encouragement.
  • Let some zones run wild. Wild gardens are a perfect way to preserve the natural state of your land. Let your garden grow freely, enticing wildlife to return to the garden (which will, in turn, improves the yield of crops).

Ready to Start Your Sustainable Garden?

Permaculture gardening is not about jumping headfirst into the unknown. It’s about sustainability. That goes for both the garden, and your consistency.

Small steps make a big impact. Implementing these methods to your daily gardening routine will help you achieve a more sustainable garden, helping the environment to repair itself naturally.

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How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils are a gardeners bread and butter for the spring season. These easy to grow, sensational blooms can transform the garden in the early months of spring, adding carpets of colour to your displays.

If you’re new to gardening, or simply need a refresh on how to plant your daffodil bulbs, then you’re in the right place.

When to Plant Daffodils

Your daffodil bulbs can be planted from late August, right through to late December. In fact, our very own Chris Parker often doesn’t get round to planting his bulbs until early January with impressive results.
 

The key to late planting is storing your bulbs correctly. If you choose not to plant bulbs once received, try to store them in a cool and dry place so they remain in good condition until planting day!

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils are highly versatile plants, allowing you to grow them in beds, containers, and even through grassy areas. However, that means that the instructions for planting will differ very slightly depending on where you plant them!

For beds and grassy areas, dig a hole around 3 times the bulb’s depth (about 10cm) and wide enough to fit the bulb. If planting in groups, dig a wider area of the same depth and just make sure to distance each bulb an equal amount apart.

If you’re planting your bulbs in containers, fill the pot with growing medium (compost or soil) until you’ve reached its halfway point. We recommend you use peat free compost where possible. Distance the bulbs around 20cm from the top of the pot. and place your bulbs on top of the soil, about 5cm apart. Cover with the compost to the top of the pot, breaking up any lumps as you go and gently press the soil so that it’s nice and flat.

Where to Plant Daffodils

As previously mentioned, daffodils will thrive happily in beds, containers, and in grassy areas around the garden. These beauties will even naturalise, providing you with a bigger display year after year with zero fuss!

If you’re looking to plant your bulbs in grass, we have a perfect trick to make your display look more natural. Grab a handful of bulbs and gently throw them onto the desired area and simply plant them where they land. Easy peasy!

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When to Plant Hyacinth Bulbs

Hyacinths are a versatile spring bulb, perfect for growing either indoors or outside (if specially treated). This ever-popular spring bloom will transform any seasonal garden display with their bright colours and floral fragrance.

If you’re not sure when to plant hyacinth bulbs, or even how and where to plant them, then this blog is for you.

When to Plant Hyacinth Bulbs

Outdoor Hyacinth bulbs can be planted throughout the autumn planting season. This can be anytime between September to December, giving the bulbs plenty of time to establish and grow.

However, if you’re looking to plant indoor bulbs (which are sold separately from our indoor bulbs online as they have been specially treated to flower before spring), aim to plant them from September. If you want them to bloom in time for Christmas, then it’s recommended that you plant them around 13 weeks before the big day.  
 

How to Plant Hyacinths Outdoors

To plant your hyacinths outdoors, dig a hole per bulb that’s around 10cm deep and spaced around 7-8cm apart.

Pop them into their individual holes pointed side up. Cover them with soil and pat it down to cover the bulb.

When to Plant Hyacinths Outdoors

Outdoor hyacinth bulbs can be fully appreciated when planted in containers and displayed on patios or decking. Their fragrant blooms will be a delight when kept near doors and windows. 

Position your hyacinths in areas that are exposed to some sunlight. They will struggle to grow in complete shade but can handle partially shaded areas. 

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How to Make Your Own Cut Flower Food

Do you struggle to keep your cut flowers alive for more than a few days? We have just the thing to help! This incredibly easy DIY food plant recipe can help your blooms thrive for longer, whilst also being better for the plants.

Read on to find out more.

Our Easy Plant Food Recipe

All you need to create this DIY food plant recipe is 1 litre of water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. That’s it! Add all your ingredients to the water and stir until combined. This will help your blooms last longer and use less chemicals to do so.

Common issues and how to solve them

1 – Drooping and wilting blooms – This could be down to a lack of water. Try changing the water and solution regularly for the best results.
2 – Mouldy water – When preparing your blooms for the vase, make sure the parts of the stem that will be under water are free from any leaves or other debris. Having leaves under the water can make it cloudy, smelly, and even go a bit mouldy.

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When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils welcome in the spring season, producing a dazzling display wherever they’re planted. These high-performing blooms are a must-have for the season.

If this is your first spring season, or you’d simply like to know when to plant daffodil bulbs, then follow this handy guide and watch these spring beauties grow!

When to plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils can be planted from late August, all the way through to December. Once you receive your bulbs in the post, you can either plant them or store them for later.

If they’re going into storage for a few months, make sure you choose a cool and dry place, whether it be a cupboard or the garage.

How to Plant Daffodils

To plant your daffodils, make sure you give them plenty of room and drainage. Once you’ve chosen where to plant them (which we’ll talk about next!), dig a hole that’s wide enough to fit the bulb comfortably – at least 3 times the bulb’s depth (around 10cm deep).

If planting in groups, dig a trench instead of individual holes at the same depth. Pop each bulb into the holes, pointed side up and spaced twice its width apart. Cover with soil and pat down gently. Do not step on the area, as it can damage the bulbs.

Where to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodil bulbs can be easily planted in beds, containers, and grass/lawns. They are both effortless to grow and maintain, ideal for beginners and low-maintenance garden owners.   

Grow your bulbs in areas that reach plenty of sunlight. Although they do tolerate shade, they prefer sunny conditions to grow. Containers are great for daffodils as they can be damaged by excessive wetness. That being said, try not to let the soil get too dry as containers have brilliant drainage.

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How to Plant Saffron Bulbs

Saffron is one of the most expensive and luxurious spices in the world, with some claiming that an ounce is more expensive than an ounce of gold!

Thankfully, there is a way around the price. Crocus sativus is an autumn-flowering variety that produces this rare spice, and thanks to our easy to grow bulbs, planting saffron bulbs is a fuss-free process.

When to plant saffron bulbs

As crocus sativus is an autumn-flowering variety, the planting time will differ from the spring-flowering crocus. To see your bulbs bloom in October and November, start to plant your bulbs in late summer.

How to plant saffron bulbs

If your goal is to make the most of these bulbs and harvest your efforts once they’re in full bloom, then make sure you plant several handfuls of bulbs in the desired area of the garden. It’s estimated that you will need to plant around 150 crocus sativus bulbs to harvest about one ounce of saffron.

When planting saffron bulbs, dig a hole about 10cm and space your bulbs apart by 15cm. Find an area of the garden that reaches plenty of sunlight for them to thrive in the later months of autumn. Cover with soil and water well.

To harvest the saffron once the blooms have appeared, remove the bright red long stamens with tweezers. Be careful, as only one flower will produce three stamens. Dry out on a tissue in a cool, dry room for several days and then place them in an airtight container in the cupboard for future use.

Where to plant saffron bulbs

You can plant your saffron bulbs anywhere you’d like around the garden, given that you provide them with enough space apart to grow. This could be in beds, borders, containers, or even in the grass.

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Gardening for Beginners: How to Plant Bulbs in Pots

Regardless of size, your garden deserves to be filled with bouts of colour and fragrance throughout the year. Containers are a perfect way to plant and grow your favourite seasonal blooms if you lack the space!

Planting bulbs in containers is an easy task that can be done by anyone, whether you’re new to gardening or an expert. Follow this easy guide to learn exactly how to plant bulbs in pots.

How to Plant Bulbs in Pots

The process of planting bulbs in pots is easy and can be done by anyone! Planting your spring bulbs in autumn will give your garden a real boost once the season begins.

Step 1 – Add your Compost

Find a container that has holes at the bottom. This will help with drainage when you water your plants, avoiding waterlogged soil. Soggy soil can actually damage your bulbs, stopping them from growing, so good drainage is important. You can even add things to the bottom of the pot to add extra drainage, like a broken up terracotta pot.

Fill your container midway with compost. Every plant will have different needs, but many will need to be planted around twice its depth. That’s why it’s important to leave plenty of space for them to grow.


Step 2 – Lay out your bulbs

Pop each bulb on top of the soil layer, with the pointy end facing upwards. Allow each one a bulb’s distance apart, cover with soil, and pat down gently.

This is the perfect way to plant a single layer of bulbs within a pot. However, there are other ways to create a container display that lasts throughout the entire season!

How to Create a Bulb Lasagne

A bulb lasagne is an easy way to showcase your favourite bulbs all in one pot. Each layer will bloom at a different time of the season, allowing you a colourful display for months on end.

To create an effective bulb lasagne, place a layer of early-blooming bulbs at the bottom layer (like snowdrops or crocus) and cover them with soil. On top, place your mid-flowering varieties (such as daffodils) and cover them with another layer of soil. Place your later flowering tulips at the top, and cover with soil again until the compost reaches the top of the pot. Give each layer 3-4 inches of space to allow sufficient growth.

Common Issues and How to Solve Them

Grey squirrels love to dig up bulbs and steal them, ruining your displays. In borders, plant your bulbs in an aquatic basket and cover them with chicken wire. In containers, simply cover the pot with chicken wire. You can remove this wire once the plant emerges from the ground. 

If you’re unsure of how often to water your plants in containers, double-check the information on each variety, as it can differ from plant to plant. However, containers can become quite dry, as the drainage is much better than if you planted your bulbs in the ground. For peace of mind, thoroughly water once a week. If the soil feels dry on the surface and centimetres underneath, then give them more water.

If the season is quite wet, then you won’t need to water them as often, but keep an eye on the soil as the season progresses.

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How to Harvest Cherries

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Planted in the early months of the year, cherry trees are ready to harvest throughout the summer months. These juicy berries are a perfect pick for a hot summers day, and are a popular choice among many gardeners as they’re so sought after throughout the season.

If you’re new to growing fruit trees and would like to know how to harvest cherries, then follow this easy to follow guide.

How to harvest your Cherries

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Cherry trees are a wonder for the garden all year round. In spring, their blossoms will provide the most gorgeous display. In Japan, festivals are held around the country to celebrate the flowering of their cherry trees, which is called ‘hanami’.

Once summer rolls around, your cherries will be ripe and ready for picking! If you’re hoping your fruits last as long as possible, try and prune the cherries by including the stem. However, if you’re using them directly in recipes, you can leave the stem behind.

Cherries are exciting summer fruits that can be used in numerous recipes throughout the season. How about using them to create your own fruit sorbet, or for a traditional cherry pie?

When to harvest

Cherries can be harvested from June to August. The riper the cherry, the sweeter the fruit. If you’re looking for a tangy taste, harvest your cherries earlier in the season. However, if the weather is quite wet, you can pick them earlier as rain can make the fruit split.

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