How Do I Plant and Prune a Rose?


PREPARING THE GROUND FOR YOUR NEW ROSE: How do I plant roses? Dig the planting hole to approx (18inches)/ 45 cms, and mix the soil you have removed with approximately 5 litres of well rotted farmyard manure, or compost, and a handful of bone meal. The hole should be large enough to accommodate the roots […]

How to plant Forsythia


Forsythia, planting and propagation Expert tips from Larch Cottage Nursery Manager, Joanne McCullock Forsythia are fairly easy plants to grow. There is no pest that seems to trouble them and if the plants are growing in good, well-drained soil they shouldn’t need any feeding.’Goldrausch’ is a variety I’d recommend for its prolific flowering, with the same […]

How to look after a Hellebore

How to look after a hellebore

FEED Hellebores are hungry plants! Use compost or well rooted manure when planting and as a mulch when the plants are established. The main growing periods are during the spring and autumn so mulching then is very beneficial. A general purpose fertiliser can also be applied in late winter. Liquid feed is very acceptable as […]

Are honeysuckle berries edible?

Lonicera Caerulea - Image RHS

Edible Honeysuckle: Lonicera caerulea (Honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle, sweetberry honeysuckle – or Haskap) The Honeyberry is relatively a new introduction into the UK. They are native to Siberia, northern China and northern Japan where they were widely harvested. Ideally honeyberries should be planted in pairs or groups, as this will increase the rate of pollination and […]