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In these uncertain times the one true constant thing is our gardens and nature. It provides us with our sanctuary, exercise and is essential for our well-being.

I would describe myself as more of ‘an instant gardener’ by choice, but this year I have decided to have a go at growing some seeds. Lucky for me, I subscribe to a couple of gardening magazines that are not only a great source of inspiration, but regularly give seeds away to their readers as a free gift, so I have a selection to choose from including annuals, perennials and vegetables.

As I don’t have a greenhouse, I normally pass these seeds onto a couple of my friends that do, so sorry Cat and Anthea but I am going to have a go at propagating these myself with the aid of some seed trays, a polythene bag and a sunny window sill so watch this space.

Even if you don’t have a garden or are limited for outside space you can always find room for a grow bag. These are incredibly versatile to use to plant with lettuce to cucumbers to strawberries or perhaps use a deep pot for some runner beans or a hanging basket for some tumbling tomatoes all will provide you with some fresh vegetables, as home grown always tastes nice and a great way to get the children involved!

Normally at this time of year we would be planning our visits to the big RHS shows and local open gardens but with them all being cancelled including Taunton Flower Show in August where I had hoped to exhibit a show garden, we will have to wait until next year when they will feel even better.

The good news is, I believe, the RHS are planning to put together a virtual Chelsea Flower Show between the 19-23 May which will give us all something to look forward to, plus at the time of writing this piece, Gardeners’ World is back on our televisions!

Remembering my own visit to Chelsea last year, I was looking at some photographs and came across some shots I had taken on a day trip to Stourhead to see the gorgeous rhododendrons in flower, such a lovely place to visit when we are able.

I am regularly posting photographs of plants in flower in my own garden and of ones that I take whilst out on my ‘daily exercise’. You can follow these pictures on my Instagram page Sandhurst_garden and on my facebook page @sandhurst1963 to see what is looking good.

I am still continuing to work from home on current projects, so if you would like to discuss a design or get some planting ideas then give me a call.

Until next time stay safe


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