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April's plant of the month is the rhododendron

April's plant of the month is the rhododendron, one of the most spectacular plants you'll plant in your garden. A majestic large shrub of large, glossy, evergreen leaves for most of the year, in April and May it erupts into a positive explosion of huge blooms in brilliant carmine, pink or pure white.

Among a huge range of really wonderful varieties are 'Cynthia', with rose-pink flowers; Rhododendron luteum which is deciduous and has scented yellow flowers; and pi...

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What to do in the garden in April:

It's hard to know where to start when everything is bursting into life and flower all at once. Start with these jobs and you won't go far wrong. Don't forget to stop for a moment occasionally, though, just to enjoy.

General tasks:
Tackle bindweed the moment it pokes above ground. Dig it out by the roots, or paint each new shoot with glyphosate-based weedkiller.
Store seeds carefully after sowing and they'll last for next year. Seal inside boxes somewh...

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It's Mothering Sunday soon

It's Mothering Sunday soon and we've got lots of treats in store for you and your mum to have a really special day! Make the garden centre your venue for a slap-up lunch in our cafe, chosen from our special Mother's Day menu, or a mouthwatering afternoon tea with some of our home-made cakes to try.

Then take her shopping - or pop in a few days ahead of time to surprise her with a gift you've chosen yourself. Here are a few ideas:

Daffodil basket: cho...

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Move hardy seedlings gradually outdoors

Move hardy seedlings gradually outdoors from their cosy quarters in the greenhouse or cold frame from this week, ready for transplanting into their final growing positions in the open garden.

Don't do the job in too much of a hurry, though. March can be a chilly month, and it's worth remembering that if you don't relish stepping from your nice warm house out into the freezing cold, your seedlings won't be too keen either. In fact, taking seedlings out of the cosy environment of a...

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Sow a meadow

Sow a meadow full of annual wildflowers for a glorious show of colour, even on poor, gravelly soil. Try centaury (Centaurium erythraea), marigolds, corncockle, field poppies, larkspur, wild pansies and lovely red anemone-like pheasant's eye (Adonis annua). You'll find mixes of these and many other wildflowers already selected for you in seed packs in our garden centre: just choose the one that's best suited to your soil and situation.

Prepare the ground carefully just as you woul...

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Plant edible hanging baskets

Plant edible hanging baskets for a delicious twist on the usual fare of begonias and busy lizzies. A basket packed with a well-chosen mix of tumbling tomatoes and herbs, or smothered in strawberries or chillies makes a display every bit as fragrant and colourful as bedding – and much more tasty!

Choose about 8-10 of our ready-grown vegetable plug plants for each 35cm (14”) basket. Pairing plants that go together in your cooking works well – tumbling tomatoes, chillies and basil m...

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Just a week to go till Garden Re-Leaf Day 14th March

Just a week to go till Garden Re-Leaf Day, so block out the whole day on your calendar as we've got an action packed day for you here at the garden centre!

Garden Re-Leaf is our way of giving a little back to the wonderful gardeners doing so much for sick children at hospices around the country. We've joined forces with garden centres across the country for the last two years to raise a whopping £116,000 to give to the children's hospice charity Greenfingers thanks to your genero...

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Sow little and often

Sow little and often to iron out the boom-and-bust patterns of veg gardening, when one moment you've got nothing to eat and the next, 20 lettuces are ready to eat at once. Harvest them all and you're back to square one, having to wait a month or so before the next crop is ready.

Successional sowing, as it's known, avoids this cycle of glut and gloom, providing a steady supply of just the amount you need over a long period. The trick is to sow just what you're likely to need at an...

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The plants of the month for March are pansies and violas

The plants of the month for March are pansies and violas, a lovely, cheery group of plants that never fails to put a smile on a gardener's face.

The two flowers are closely related, and we're often asked what the difference is. Well: it's mainly in flower size.

Pansies tend to be larger and come in brighter colours, including bicoloured and strikingly blotched varieties. They're a wonderful way to brighten your garden through early spring. Violas, on...

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What to do in the garden in March:

You won't know where to start this month what with seeds to sow, plants to plant and the glory of spring's first flush to distract you. It's a great month to be outside!

General tasks:
Tackle slugs before they do serious damage, surrounding vulnerable new shoots and plants like delphiniums and hostas with rings of sharp grit.
Tackle troublesome lawn weeds by winkling them out with one of our specialist weeding tools. Leave the odd daisy or clover flow...

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Plant lilies

Plant lilies en masse in the garden for an explosion of colour and scent – not to mention a magnificent display of huge, showy flowers that takes your breath away.

Bulbs are just appearing on our shelves right now, so the sooner you visit the better your chances of picking up the variety you want. Queen of them all is the pure white trumpet lily, Lilium regale, scented so richly it fills your whole garden. Martagon lilies, with their dainty turk's-cap flowers nodding above dark g...

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Make a nursery bed

Make a nursery bed to get your veg seedlings off to a flying start this spring. Putting aside a corner of your plot just for raising seeds is a great investment and helps you get the most from your veg patch.

It might seem a long way ahead, but it's actually just the right time to buy in seed for all your winter crops, which need a long growing season so they're at full throttle just when you want them at the end of the year. In our garden centre you'll find seed for all your fav...

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