Tip Buy­ing peren­ni­als in 9cm pots is an eco­nom­i­cal way to re­stock borders – they will put on growth sur­pris­ingly quickly

Country Living (UK) - - Gardening -

A clear win­ner

In our July is­sue last year, we fea­tured The Walled Nurs­ery in Hawkhurst, Kent, and re­ported that own­ers Emma and Monty Davies had re­ceived a £200,000 do­na­tion to re­store their tum­ble­down Vic­to­rian Foster & Pear­son glasshouses. Now you can see just what wonders have been achieved. The Car­na­tion House and Hot House re­opened in Fe­bru­ary, with the Cu­cum­ber House and Pe­largo­nium House due for com­ple­tion this month. Open every day ex­cept Mon­days, (01580 752752; the­walled­nurs­ery.com).

Cut­ting it fine

Once the grow­ing sea­son gets prop­erly un­der­way, it can be hard to keep up with lawn mow­ing, even in a small space, so a cord­less mower you can get out quickly and ma­noeu­vre eas­ily can prove in­valu­able. This light­weight Flymo Mighti-mo 300 Li with a 30cm cut­ting deck is pow­ered by a 40-volt lithium-ion battery that will last long enough on a sin­gle charge to cut about 250 square me­tres and takes two hours to recharge. It has a 30-litre grass box, ad­justable cut­ting height and a fold­ing han­dle so it tucks away neatly, and costs £199 (flymo.com).

STAND­ING SENTRY

Even in the tini­est of spa­ces, this nifty sentry-box shed of­fers a weath­er­tight space to stow tools, and it would also make a handy sec­ond store in larger gar­dens. It is made of in­ter­lock­ing shiplap tim­ber treated with anti-fun­gal preser­va­tive (15-year anti-rot guar­an­tee) with a felt-cov­ered apex roof. The For­est shiplap small gar­den store mea­sures 138cm tall x 65cm wide x 51cm deep and costs £129.99 (or £214.99 as­sem­bled) in­clud­ing de­liv­ery. See forest­gar­den.co.uk for stock­ists.

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