• Instantly Impressive Ideas – May

    April 29, 2021 | Monthly Gardening Advice


    1. May Species

    Our species of the month is the lovely Lavender! Lavender is an extremely popular hedging shrub, whose distinctive look can be easily identified, bringing classical English essence to a garden. Famous for the wonderful spires of blue, purple and white flowers and the delightful fragrance that they produce, Lavender is grown around the world for its beauty, but also for the harvesting of its essential oils.

    2. We stock 5 varieties of Lavender

    English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Munstead) can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shurb to your garden in any season. English Lavender plants can be used to create colourful borders or for under planting near established trees and hedging. Lavender Hidcote (Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote) Hidcote is a lovely variety of old fashioned English Lavender (introduced in 1950) but with dark purple flower spikes – stunning for large planting schemes. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ is a hardy variety native to the British Isles and is incredibly fragrant with vivid purple flowers that are a magnet for bees and other pollinators, making them an ideal companion to your fruit trees or garden veg patch. French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) sometimes known as Spanish Lavender) has a number of differences from English Lavender hedge plants. Instead of flower spikes with narrow flowers, it has bracts on the end of the flower spikes – rather like ears. Often called Butterfly Lavender, this variety has produced distilled oil since the Middle Ages. Dwarf Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Little Lady’) is similar to that of hidcote but even smaller. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season. Dwarf Lavender prefers a sunny, sheltered site. Lavender ‘Little Lady’ is ideal for normal, well-drained soils, so make sure not to over-water this bushy plant. White Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Arctic Snow’) is a lovely pure white flowering variety of English Lavender. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season. These plants are available all year round. Plants bought in Autumn, Winter or Spring will flower in the first summer.

    3. Garden Design

    Lavender in bloom..

    5. Impact Plant’s Story Of The Month

    TikTok Encourages Climate Crisis Conversations 

    This month hosted World Earth Day! A day of celebration, consolation and many worldwide conversations about our global climate crisis.

    In the news headlines, we heard the UN Chief call for 'a decade of transformation' at the Leaders' Summit on Climate, but on TikTok we're finding out how we ourselves can make a difference...

    @eco_tok is a community of environmentalists on a climate mission. The group have taken to TikTok to share their knowledge on biodiversity and to raise awareness of the global climate crisis. 

    Here's a list of our top EcoTok videos:

    1. All about microplastics
    2. CO2 levels are UP
    3. A message to corporations
    4. It's CO(2)mplicated
    5. Greenhouse Gas Emmisions

    This last year of lockdown has meant that we have spent even more time on our phones and hopefully in our gardens! This can only mean that we have had more time to think about our impact on the environment and to start making some changes too! Let us know how you have been considering the climate this month in the comment section below!

     

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