We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Monday October 18 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in GYO

Has the Grow Your Own Bubble Burst?

Posted by on in News & Views

growyourownWhat do you think?

I took part in an online discussion recently about different trends in the garden design world and one that was mentioned was the Grow Your Own (GYO) trend.  Personally, I believe that more and more people are turning to growing something edible in their garden.  Whether it is due to the economic climate, the feeling of nurturing and growing, encouraging the children or simply that it helps to keep the carbon footprint down - people are still doing it.

One or two people in this discussion thought that the bubble had certainly burst and indeed one nursery owner said that their sales of fruit and vegetable plants to garden centres had drastically dropped this year in comparison with last year. I have to admit that I was amazed by that comment whether based on fact or gut instinct; to me it just doesn’t ring true.  Take this year’s Chelsea Flower Show for example; there were lots of gardens either with an edible theme like Bunny Guinness who designed the M&G Investment garden, it was a modern take on the traditional kitchen garden using raised beds which were crammed full of produce.  The B&Q garden being the tallest show garden at Chelsea showed us how we can make small spaces attractive with flowers and still have room for edible crops even on balconies.  Both the Hampton Court Palace Show and Tatton Park have had show gardens with an edible theme too.

Continue reading
Hits: 5315 0 Comments

Fruitfully speaking!

Posted by on in Garden Design

summerfruitsHaving a productive garden – it’s all the rage, bang on trend and everyone seems to want one.  The only thing is no-one seems to have the time to tend one and as much as they’re popular now, they can be time consuming and, for beginners, confusing. 

You could start small, think about what you like to eat, (take a look at what is in your fridge right now if you’re short on ideas) and rather than having to think about things like crop rotation if you’re growing vegetables you can grow some in containers instead - but if that’s not for you (and it’s not for everyone) – my advice is to think about fruit.  It is generally easier to grow, not as time consuming to look after and the rewards are truly wonderful (as our picture shows!).

Continue reading
Hits: 4344 0 Comments

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

Horticultural CorTen steel Hosta basil edible garden show Tom Hart-Dyke Coastal plants plants Cambridge botanical garden Events & Shows Kensington Roof Garden garden focal points Futurescape Daffodils plant pots National Trust herbs Perennial show gardens Winter shrubs herbaceous borders RHS Chelsea spring garden Joanna Lumley Stone Lane Gardens Seed sowing ash hydroponic Chelsea Physic Garden snow GYO career in horticulture Herb Chelsea Flower Show green spaces colour in your garden rosemary timber garden advice at home HTA February Joe Swift wild flowers RHS Hampton Court garden design tip reclaimed materials Buxus topiary hosepipe June garden Euphorbia drought structure Trees Wildflowers April garden hard landscaping vertical garden Phyllostachys nigra water butt traditional style winner RHS Malvern wildlife blue Gardeners World heatwave HNC Floating Paradise Gardens of London women and work award house plants Birmingham Library repetition Horticulturalist lawn care alpines kitchen garden garden summer garden composting Levens Hall planning your garden doddington hall Malvern Hills Spring shrubs Garden Planning garden room grey water build Hidcote Carol Klein autumn garden Cut flowers Berberis Narcissus Wisley poppies bulbs NSALG cottage garden Ilex productive garden Chris Beardshaw Geranium twitter winter garden Crocus January garden sorbus cottage gardens September garden Taxus Highgrove Kew Gardens Lantra saving water Capability Brown Joseph Banks eco-friendly Stoneleigh garden design Prince Harry stonemarket Herb garden bees August garden BBC ha ha Charlie Dimmock November garden Glasshouse New York Highline Cloches sweat peas Alys Fowler sunflowers Horticulture Echinacea Briza maxima surfaces December garden rock gardens ornamental grasses spring bulbs roof garden elm unity movement in the garden legacy gift February garden patio National Gardening Week London water feature rainwater harvesting front garden Shrubs watering can kerb-side appeal Berginia gardening on tv Jekka McVicar Matt James watering bulb display pollinating insects water Sophie Raworth water conservation Moss Bank Park Achillea terracota Rachel de Thame birch Fleece grow your own Absorb pollution pests RHS Tatton Park courtyard Decking Alan Titchmarsh garden design trends Nicki Jackson contemporary Acuba James Wong Selfridges Roof Garden Lawrence Johnston Urban Heat Island rococo John Massey pollinators recycled materials Malvern Spring Show Kelmarsh Hall Mrs Loudon Blue Daisy Toby Buckland deer sound in the garden scented shrubs Cosmos astrosanguineus Great British Garden Revival RHS Greenhouse Snowdrops form Laurel March garden Urban Heat Island Effect pond May garden October garden Ashwood Nurseries July garden paving Monty Don Bamboo gravel cyclamen roof gardens acer CorTen

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.