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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants
    Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants

    Plants are part of our being, but we take them for granted.

    They enhance their locations, be they in our offices or homes, they line our roads and generally create areas of peace and quiet.

    They assist in us breathing fresh air,...

  • Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor
    Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor

    What is your garden worth to you? Do you really like your garden? Do you spend time admiring it, partaking in its maintenance needs and tweaking those areas in need of refurbishment or, simply, change?

    Do you consider that the amount spent...

  • Choice of neighbouring plants crucial
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Choice of neighbouring plants crucial

    As flowering plants are the lifeblood of the garden, careful consideration should be given to the choice of species and their relationship to neighbouring plants.

    Variety, it is said, is the spice of life but as with food, if the spice is...

  • The month when good things begin to happen
    May 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The month when good things begin to happen

    May is usually the month that moves us from questionable weather to more settled conditions.

    With this in mind, consider tackling the lawn with regard to weed control, verticutting, aerifying and fertilising.

    Lawns generally cover a...

  • Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?
    Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?

    From a fabulous February to a mad March — Mother Nature has once again proven her unpredictability, as can be seen from the many defoliated plants and burnt foliage.

    Often when driving around the island, a plant “jumps out” at me displaying...

  • Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden
    Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden

    Mother Nature is so fickle.

    February, my least popular month weather-wise, was in reality a reasonably “nice” month.

    So hopefully, with the major part of winter over, we can consider moving forward with plans for the garden although...

  • Month that should not be in garden calendar
    Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Month that should not be in garden calendar

    On February 16, 1659 a cheque was used for the first time in Britain by a Nicholas Vanacker, to settle a debt.

    With only 20 square miles of land to appreciate, surely we should take advantage of our climate and maintain what we have left...

  • Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs
    Jan 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs

    As there is not much activity in the garden for the next couple of months now is the best time to take stock and evaluate.

    Plants grow upwards and outwards as they age but, like people, they also show signs of decline.

    Last year was...

  • Put your Christmas gifts to good use
    Dec 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Put your Christmas gifts to good use

    December is the month for shopping.

    Come Christmas Day, however, many of us will have questioned the value of the gifts we’ve received with regard to use and function.

    I would suggest that function outweighs cost. Why purchase a...

  • Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden
    Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden

    Over the past several months we have discussed several types of gardens, some of which can be very labour intensive and costly to maintain.

    Gardens by their very nature are “active” and require attention which, to a degree, can be...

  • Plants to try in exposed area
    Oct 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Plants to try in exposed area

    Properties along the coast or on exposed hillsides survive quite well between April and November (excluding hurricanes), but the weather can create havoc in the garden during the winter.

    As well as physical damage, such as broken branches...

  • Different factors will affect layout
    Sep 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Different factors will affect layout

    The flowering garden is what is normally seen on most properties.

    It is a mix of trees, shrubs, ground covers, herbaceous, vines, grasses, cacti and succulents making up the flower beds, usually surrounding a lawn of specific or mixed...

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