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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • The scourge of the hedge trimmer
    Nov 14, 2018 8:00 am

    The scourge of the hedge trimmer

    While wandering about the country lanes and by-ways on vacation in the UK, I couldn’t help but observe the many gardens and landscapes.

    Especially in the southeast of England drought had been a major problem and, as in Bermuda during dry...

  • A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control
    Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am

    A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control

    A thing of beauty is not always a joy when it is labour-intensive. A mistake often made in the initial stages of design is not giving enough consideration to aftercare or maintenance.

    Poor maintenance can, by its very nature, create labour...

  • Maintaining growth for the future
    Sep 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Maintaining growth for the future

    Bermuda’s climate is unpredictable. Especially in the summer, rainfall is at the top of a list of things gardens need and with it comes new growth which can be rampant.

    Correct pruning, rather than hacking, is what’s required to protect the...

  • Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants
    Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants

    Plants are part of our being, but we take them for granted.

    They enhance their locations, be they in our offices or homes, they line our roads and generally create areas of peace and quiet.

    They assist in us breathing fresh air,...

  • Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor
    Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor

    What is your garden worth to you? Do you really like your garden? Do you spend time admiring it, partaking in its maintenance needs and tweaking those areas in need of refurbishment or, simply, change?

    Do you consider that the amount spent...

  • Choice of neighbouring plants crucial
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Choice of neighbouring plants crucial

    As flowering plants are the lifeblood of the garden, careful consideration should be given to the choice of species and their relationship to neighbouring plants.

    Variety, it is said, is the spice of life but as with food, if the spice is...

  • The month when good things begin to happen
    May 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The month when good things begin to happen

    May is usually the month that moves us from questionable weather to more settled conditions.

    With this in mind, consider tackling the lawn with regard to weed control, verticutting, aerifying and fertilising.

    Lawns generally cover a...

  • Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?
    Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?

    From a fabulous February to a mad March — Mother Nature has once again proven her unpredictability, as can be seen from the many defoliated plants and burnt foliage.

    Often when driving around the island, a plant “jumps out” at me displaying...

  • Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden
    Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden

    Mother Nature is so fickle.

    February, my least popular month weather-wise, was in reality a reasonably “nice” month.

    So hopefully, with the major part of winter over, we can consider moving forward with plans for the garden although...

  • Month that should not be in garden calendar
    Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Month that should not be in garden calendar

    On February 16, 1659 a cheque was used for the first time in Britain by a Nicholas Vanacker, to settle a debt.

    With only 20 square miles of land to appreciate, surely we should take advantage of our climate and maintain what we have left...

  • Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs
    Jan 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs

    As there is not much activity in the garden for the next couple of months now is the best time to take stock and evaluate.

    Plants grow upwards and outwards as they age but, like people, they also show signs of decline.

    Last year was...

  • Put your Christmas gifts to good use
    Dec 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Put your Christmas gifts to good use

    December is the month for shopping.

    Come Christmas Day, however, many of us will have questioned the value of the gifts we’ve received with regard to use and function.

    I would suggest that function outweighs cost. Why purchase a...

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