Buying cheap Christmas tree lights from an online auction site, rather from a trusted retailer such as GardenSite, might seem a good idea at the time but you will probably change your mind after reading a recent report from Which?
Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.
With the national collection of Japanese cherries, blossom time at Batsford is spectacular, also notable are the magnolias and acers in this lovely Cotswolds setting.
Although maganificent throughout the year, there are a series of walks through this 55 acre garden to admire narcissi, primroses, rhododendrons, wisteria and peonies.
A celebrated garden, transport yourself to the Himalayas by walking through the rhododendron covered valley, and in May the laburnum arch is in full bloom.
The rhododendron woodland garden at Bowood House is one of the best in Britain. There are also magnolias, camellias, azaleas and many other spring flowering shrubs.
World renowned for its rhododendrons and rare plants including the blue Himalayan poppy, the rock garden has a wonderful display of alpine primulas, gentians and saxifrages.
Beautiful 140 acre coastal location that owes much to Victorian plant hunters who established the garden's unique collection of camellias and over 600 species of magnolia.
A woodland garden above the River Dart that's at its most impressive between February and May when full of spring bulbs, camelias in the walled garden, and rhododendrons.
Daffodils, hyacinths, camelias and maganolias in abundance with other rare and unusual species. Go on a guided bluebell walk, and admire the spectacular cherry tree blossom.
Woodland rhododendrons and azaleas are best in May together with masses of bluebells, there's also ancient magnolias, camelias, daffodils and primroses earlier in the spring.
A visit to Rowallane will be rewarded with superb magnolias, daphnes and azaleas; snowdrops are followed by bluebells in the woodland; and the rhododendrons are particularly admired.
Lakeland daffodils cover the wildflower bank, cherry blossom flourishes in the Small Orchard and the superb rock garden is full of colour and interest with dwarf daffodils and Muscari.
The restored formal gardens cover 40 acres and spring is definitely the best time to see a marvellous display of colour from camelias, rhododendrons, magnolias and azeleas.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
Sustainability and a growing awareness of wildlife are two of the key gardening trends identified by the Royal Horticultural Society for 2020, with gardeners in a position where they can make a substantial impact regarding environmental issues.
Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020.