Your October gardening to-do list

Autumn is the time to clear up the garden and begin soil preparation and bulb planting for next spring.

  1. Tall shrubs like buddleia which will be pruned hard in spring, can be reduced by about half their height, to...
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In the Genus Night Garden

With over 2,500 moth species in the UK we thought we’d try and see what lurked in the Genus HQ garden at night.  So we set up a light trap which comprises a funnelled collecting box with an ultraviolet bulb...

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Party favourites

You may remember our disappointment a few weeks ago when we wrote of the sorry state of the garden at Genus HQ after the winds and rain had battered the summer out of it and brought out a decidedly autumnal...

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Best behaviour

Plants are like children.  There are the naughty troublesome ones that require constant supervision, the loud shouty ones that are actually quite delicate, and the ones that just quietly get on with their lives requiring very little input and parenting....

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Dividing iris

Forward notes are a wonderful thing.  There’s always so much to do in the garden that without some planning important jobs would be missed.  And so it was this week when the Genus phone ‘pinged’ with the alert ‘DIVIDE IRISES!!!’ ...

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We mentioned late season colour last time and we also mentioned that our focus was on our spring borders which have been lacklustre for the last few years. Consequently the Genus HQ coffee table has disappeared under a small hill...
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Colouring In

We’ve been honing the late season colour palette of the garden at Genus HQ over the last few years, going from ‘not a lot’ to ‘more than enough’.  Each year has seen successes and failures but we’ve been slowly...

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Hard Graft

Scion, cleft, four flap, and whip are some of the terms we’re getting acquainted with over the next few weeks; words we haven’t used since our college days!

Last week we mentioned that several branches on our plum...

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Well-trained mock orange

We’ve talked about the climbing plants at Genus HQ before and we’ve probably mentioned the philadelphus on the north side of the cottage.  Planted in the border some years ago it started to become more enthusiastic in its growth than...

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Gardening - a spiritual experience?

In her 1913 collection of poems, Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote,

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's Heart in a garden

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Your July gardening to-do list

High summer is here with gardens in full bloom and plenty of vegetables to crop and enjoy. Here’s how to keep on top of it all:

  1. With garden centres teaming with tempting summer colour, this is a good time...
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Your June gardening to-do list

Summer is here at last and roses and many perennials are flowering in earnest. There’s still lots to do but make time to appreciate the results of your hard work.

  1. Keep deadheading spent flowers on perennials and roses to...
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Competition - Gardening in the Era of Lockdown

Last month in our Potpourri magazine we ran a competition: write 200 words on the theme of Gardening in the Era of Lockdown and win a £100 Genus gift voucher.  A big thanks to everyone who sent in their contributions,...

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The Genus Garden in China

A couple of years ago, we were looking to change the factory where our clothes are manufactured.  We had been using a facility in the east of China, but we weren’t completely satisfied, and we thought how wonderful it would...

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Your May gardening to-do list

Spring has sprung at last and there’s plenty to do in the garden. Here are our top 10 jobs for you to do now.

  1. Prune your penstemon now - provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant,...
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Book review - The Essential Garden Design Workbook

Lockdown is a great time to read and skill up, and for anyone wanting to learn more about garden design, this bestselling classic gives you a thorough grounding in the subject.  This is the third update to Rosemary Alexander’s original...

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News from Genus - Refer a Friend

So many of our customers are already recommending Genus to their friends and family that we thought we would like to reward you.

Now when you refer a friend they get 10% off their first purchase and you get a discount of...
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Oasis in the Sky

With careful planning, you can create a green haven on your balcony that’s full of scent and colour.

First, it’s important to check how much weight your balcony can take, whether it’s waterproof and if it has drainage.  It’s also...

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Grow Your Own on a Balcony

With a national lockdown and supermarkets depleted, producing your own fruit and vegetables has more appeal than ever.  And there’s so much you can grow in the smallest of spaces.

There’s nothing like freshly picked salad leaves, which grow well...

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Why do you garden?

There are so many different reasons that people garden.  Here is a selection of thoughts from our customers.

I love being outside in different seasons working with the soil and all the amazing variety of plants. ...

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Signs of Spring get gardeners going

So the Spring equinox has arrived, the time when the day and night are equally long, and we know we are moving towards the longer days...

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