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So Spring is nearly with us. What’s going on in the garden?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

By Tim Sykes – March 2013

As we approach Spring the bulbs start bursting through and for many of us this is the signal to focus on getting the garden sorted for the Summer.

In reality looking after the garden is a year round thing. But after the dreariness of the winter those daffs coming into bloom are a great moral booster and really help to re-engage us!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party” – Robin Williams

I can’t believe it, it’s March already and 2 months have passed since the festivities of Christmas and the New Year.

If we are all agreed it’s time to party, what should we be focusing on in the garden?

-       If you haven’t got the mower serviced yet you need to get it seen to, just getting the blades sharpened will help ensure that you achieve a nice cut.

-       You need to prune the roses before the buds burst into growth.

-       If you’ve got any patches of lawn that are looking sad then now’s the time to sow some fresh seed and apply a dressing, or re-turf sections.

-       If you haven’t already done so then prepare your borders, removing any old weed growth and dead foliage and apply a mulch or well-rotted manure. This will help add nourishment and suppress fresh weed growth.

-       Prune back any climbers such as clematis before they get going.

-       Choose and plant out your Summer bulbs and sow the seeds of your herb garden (in particular Basil, Coriander and Parsley).

-       Plant out any new perennials.

-       If you have a fruit section in your garden then now’s the time to plant the raspberries and strawberries.

These are just some of tasks that spring to mind, but please let me have your thoughts and contributions.  Also feel free to fire any gardening questions at me and I’ll do my best to answer these for you in the next edition. This is my email address

Flowers to look out for in March include; Daffodils, Primrose, Hellebores,  Cyclamen,  Crocus,  Hyacinths, Dwarf Tulips, Violets and of course Bergenia Cordifolia (Elephant’s Ears).

Enjoy the awakening of your garden this March.

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Feast your eyes on Marle Place this summer!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

We recently visited Marle Place Gardens.

These are situated in Brenchley, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Marle Place is a privately owned garden, first created in 1890 which features 10 acres of formal planting, plus further less formal areas including an orchard and woodlands.

Situated close to Scotney and Sissinghurst Castles. Marle Place was Winner of the Kent Wildlife Gardens Gold Award in 2009.

The gardens have been beautifully designed as a series of rooms and tree lined avenues. These are all set on a south east facing slope which flows into woodland.

The planting has been well thought through and when we visited the colours were just amazing.

As their website explains, “In the spring there is a mass of blossom and bulbs, followed in the summer by old-fashioned roses and scented, borders. A dazzling display of autumn colour ends the season.”

There are lots of other features to enjoy including a Victorian Gazebo, Edwardian rockery, and an Italianate Walled Garden.

If you like orchids you’ll love the restored C19th greenhouse which is full of unusual species.

The gardens have also been influenced from around the world including the use of statues and urns, plus a bamboo plantation, a pretty allium pasture and the bog garden with its exotic gunnera.

You can see more about Marle Place including opening times and directions at

So if you haven’t been there already put this on your list to visit this summer.

Marle Place

The House

Marle Place - Formal Pond

Formal Pond

Marle Place - Stained Glass

Victorian Gazebo

Marle Place - Horse

Horse Sculpture

Marle Place - Statue


Marle Place - Tulips

Tulip Border

Marle Place

Kitchen Garden

Marle Place - Urn

Urn Sculpture