Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Ready to Bloom; GARDENING NEWS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Ready to Bloom; GARDENING NEWS

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Byline: PATTIE BARRON

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There are no strict rules in pruning, only guidance and common sense with a bit of courage thrown in. So writes garden designer and consultant Fiona Hopes who - thankfully - gives lots of guidance and common sense in her book, Pruning Handbook (Hachette Illustrated).

Not only are there simple drawings and how-tos that show the correct method of pruning a wide variety of trees, shrubs and climbers, but there are also aesthetic guidelines, so you know what kind of overall shape to aim for over time.

And for those who invariably get their clematis techniques in a tangle - which is most of us - Hopes gives simple instructions and explains each pruning method, which makes it all so much easier to understand.

Pruning Handbook costs [pounds sterling]12.99, but Homes & Property readers can buy it for [pounds sterling]10 including p& p by calling 01903 828503 and mentioning the code word "pruning".

Bulbs make light work For planting bulbs in heavy clay soil - the curse of London gardens - a bulb planter is indispensable.

Doubly indispensable is the two-piece Bulb Planter Set from Garden Angels.

It comprises a sturdy bulb planter in stainless steel with a retractable blue plastic handle, and a lightweight aluminium transplanter for lifting and dividing small bulbs.

The Bulb Planter set costs [pounds sterling]5.99; for stockists, call 01623 726990 or visit www.360innovation.co.uk.

Sweep chic

Sweeping up autumn leaves and debris from a deck or pathway is never a thrilling chore, but you can give the task a touch of glamour with colourful and practical millet handbrush and broom sets made in the Philippines.

They are available from the RE catalogue in orange, lime or purple colourways for [pounds sterling]19.50, plus [pounds sterling]4.95 delivery, but Homes & Property readers can buy the set for [pounds sterling]17, plus [pounds sterling]4.95 delivery, by calling 01434 634567 between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, or noon and 4pm on Sundays. Just mention Homes & Property.

Diary date

On 5 October, leading maze designer Adrian Fisher will lecture at the Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1, on traditional and contemporary maze design. …

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