Mandy Watson

Gardening: The dangers of bringing plants home from a holiday abroad

The RHS and Defra are asking holidaymakers not to bring plants back in their hand baggage from holidays, saying it could introduce new pests and diseases to the UK.

Water-hungry hanging baskets.

Gardening: Tips to save your plants using the minimum water during hot weather

With one day of significant rain here in May, drying winds around Storm Hector and extremely high temperatures, the soil’s bone dry.

It's easy to get a good crop with strawberries.

Gardening: A little sunshine means a bumper crop of strawberries

Wimbledon starts on Monday, so what better fruit to talk about than strawberries?

Keep your eyes peeled for the red lily beetle.

Gardening: Why you need to beware red lily beetles

Watch out if you’re a lover of lilies – red lily beetles are out in force this year.

The long window wall packed with plants.

Gardening: Logistics result in giving peat-free grow bags a miss

While it’s good to see more peat-free grow bags on the market, I’ve decided to give them a miss this year.

NatureUp! Basic Set Vertical. Picture by GARDENA

Gardening: Perfect Father’s Day gifts for a dad who enjoys his gardening

Forget socks, tie and beer for Father’s Day – if he’s a gardener, go for one of the top-notch products here – from under a tenner to, er, a lot more (get siblings to chip in) …

Mill on the Floss rose. Picture by David Austin Roses

Gardening: Chelsea debut for three new beauties in the rose garden

Three new roses made their debut at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show and they’re real beauties.

Sunflower Sunbelieveable Brown Eyed Girl. Picture: RHS

Plenty of new plants set to be unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from May 22 to 26, is seeing which new plants are introduced.


Gardening: Act quickly to tackle the explosion in aphid numbers

The warm weather over the bank holiday weekend has led to an explosion in aphid numbers, so you need to act quickly to prevent them from ruining your plants.

Encourage young children to take an interest in the garden. Picture: RHS MIC

Gardening: Why it’s never too early to get your children into growing things

It’s National Gardening Week and it’s the ideal time to kick-start an interest in growing, even if you don’t have a garden.

Fuchsia gall mite. Picture by RHS/Andrew Halstead

The top 10 diseases and pests in the garden in 2017

Honey fungus and box tree caterpillar were the main plant health problems last year, according to figures released by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

From drab shed to tropical paradise - Fiona Fisk (Floral Pavilion Co-ordinator for Harrogate Flower Show) unlocks the new Secret Sheds attraction.

Gardening: Look out for special deals at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

The Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows are the highlights of my gardening year, rated the best horticultural events in the country by Which?.

Asiatic lilies Bouquet Mixed in a shade of orange.

Gardening: Tips on growing lilies that are ideal for garden pots

Lilies are up there with roses as people’s favourite flowers and they’re ideal for growing in pots.

Last year's choice, Pastiche.

Gardening: Why sunflowers are ideal for children and beginners

Sunflowers are one of my all-time favourites, so I’m growing three varieties this year for a long season of colour.

Sungold truss.

Gardening: Still time to sow cherry tomatoes despite conditions

Like most of us, I’m way behind my usual schedule of sowing, thanks to the terrible weather.

Daffodil Tete a Tete in flower.

Gardening: Daffodils nearly three weeks later flowering than last year

It appears ‘better late than never’ looks like the gardening phrase of the year.

Bamboo gloves, secateurs and gardening pouch to raise cash for Breast Cancer Now. Picture by Town & Country

Gardening: Buy these products and support Breast Cancer Now

This week saw International Women’s Day and today is Mother’s Day, so what could be more fitting than gardening products to raise money for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity?

A blackbird and starling face off while a dunnock watches.

Gardening: The importance of feeding birds during cold weather

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ could be the last straw for your garden birds.

Eucalyptus gunnii pruned to encourage new bluish-green round leaves.

Gardening: Get pruning to prepare for summer shows

Now’s the time to dust off your loppers, pruning saw and secateurs and prepare plants for a top show this summer.

Rose Generation Jardin. Picture by Woolmans

Gardening: Hanging basket lovers in for a treat with blooms

Begonia and hanging basket lovers are in for a treat with the fragrant Sweet Pearl Cascade, a cascading variety launched for this season.

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