Only 65 days till Christmas, are you ready ?

It’s not long now !!!!  Only 65 more days till Santa comes, and only 51 working days left for you to get everything done.  How are YOU doing with your list of things to do ?  If you need help with ordering your turkey, buying presents, writing cards, looking after pets or your home for those of you that are going away, and many other things please give PhoneJoan a call. We specialise in making your life easier, especially during the festive period when people can be overwhelmed with the never ending list of things to prepare for the big
Read More

What to do in the garden in the summer months

In your garden: a seasonal guide   What’s happening now . . . . . Summer is with us at last.  This is the time of year when the garden becomes another room where you may enjoy the sunshine and long evenings.  Plenty of time can be whiled away entertaining al fresco or playing games with the family.  Simply reading a book outdoors while listening to the birds and insects, is pure bliss.   Roses will be bountiful, filling the air with their gorgeous scent along with climbers such as jasmine and honeysuckle.  The garden is overflowing with colour with
Read More

Time for roses in the garden

What’s happening in late May….. June marks the start of summer and frosts become distant memories as we enjoy warmer temperatures and light filled days. The garden is abundant in growth with plants making the most of recent rains and warm soil. At this time of year there is often a lull between spring flowering plants and many summer perennials getting into their stride.  Roses are great plants to fill this gap with many flowering from June onwards. These plants have been such a part of our gardens traditionally and nothing beats them for their voluptuous flowers and gorgeous scent. 
Read More

What should you be doing in the garden in May ?

    if you’re wondering what tasks to be getting on with during late spring, look no further    May 1.  Leave spring bulb foliage to die down naturally and remove faded flowers. 2. Trim lightly formal hedging such as box and privet. 3. Feed and weed lawns and mow regularly. 4. Plant out dahlia tubers, tender annuals and perennials late in the month. 5. Ensure good ventilation in the greenhouse, during warm days   Nicola Baily Gibson Moutan In & Out of the Garden Newlyns Farm Shop, North Warnborough. RG9 1HA mobile  07940 801019  store 01256 701 027    nicola@moutan.co.uk
Read More

Is the traditional toilet brush a thing of the past – Meet the WC-Wunder-Brush ?

I’m always looking to try new gadgets and cleaning products, normally found at Lakeland, however I’ve recently purchased this new alternative to the toilet brush online. Invented in Germany, it has won design awards and is the first anti-…bacterial, non-bristle toilet brush. You can use it to clean right under the toilet rim and deep into the toilet bowl. The surface of the cleaning pad repels water so there should be no more drips !!! I’ll report back in a few days to see if it lives up to it’s claims.
Read More

Growing your own cut flowers

In your garden: a seasonal guide  What’s happening now . . . . . Spring is well and truly with us.  The garden and surrounding countryside is gorgeously green brimming with fresh growth. Cutting gardens are becoming increasingly popular, as many are appreciating the joys of growing your own. Historically the cottage garden was used to pick from during the summer months and traditionally most allotments grew a mixture of fruit, vegetables and flowers.  Any size garden can accommodate one, the key tricks are to position in sun and to choose the right plants. The first step to getting started
Read More

April – In your garden

In your garden: a seasonal guide What’s happening now . . . . . By now we are all itching to get back into the garden. Light filled longer days and welcome sunshine makes most gardeners keen to get outdoors with a spring in their step. One of the most enjoyable tasks is to create a fresh display in pots, that will brighten the garden following winter. Choose a spot where you can get up close and personal to appreciate spring flowers which are generally small and delicate in their nature. Plants that flower early in the year are true
Read More

What to do in the garden in March

In your garden: a seasonal guide What’s happening now . . . . . The first month of spring at last, and the garden starts to come alive again.  So too will many of our pollinating insects.  Bees in particular have been in the press recently as their numbers are decreasing year on year.  Our gardens can provide them with habitats that are diminishing from our natural landscapes. To create the perfect garden though requires a bit more thought than planting a few nectar rich flowers.  Shelter is key as they feed on the wing and wind makes this difficult. 
Read More

Gardening Advice – Jan 14

    In your garden: a seasonal guide What’s happening now . . . . . Although the weather in February is often at its winter worst, it is heartening to know that spring is hopefully just around the corner.  If you are itching to start gardening again, now is an excellent time to pore over seed and nursery catalogues.  You can plan and dream of endless combinations to create over the warmer months from the comfort of your sofa.  When planning a border here a few tips to help you to design a border like a professional. 1. The
Read More