Venturing into the psychedelic

I have never grown Dahlias before but absolutely love their showy, multi coloured blooms and think they really add impact to floral arrangements. They are an absolute must for my cut flower bed and I’m going to grow then on my allotment to. I think because of their extravagant appearence I assumed they might be…

Building a garden on a budget

I knew when we bought the house (and garden!) it would take a lot of time and money to get it up together but unfortunately we don’t have bottomless pockets of money so we try to think of ways to get the garden we want but without spending lots of cash! The other day Joe…

Pond life

Yesterday Puzzle decided to pull the pond lining out of the pond … and yes it was full of water!! In hindsight it's actually pretty amazing that she had the strength to do this but at the time I was hopping mad chasing her round the garden trying to get her to drop one of…

Garden plant list: Roses

For me a garden filled with roses is the dream and I want to have lots of them in my cut flower arrangements. Roses from shops can often be mass produced on farms in other countries where the farming process is pretty relentless. We have the ability to grow beautiful roses in this country and…

Starting a wormey

Welcoming some wiggly friends. Yesterday these little beauties arrived. I have inherited two wormery’sΒ (one will be in the back garden and one on the alottment). The worms came with bedding and food and after finding some instructions on You Tube to set up my Can O Worms three tier wormery I stacked it up, said…

Sweet pea watch!

Sweet pea watch! We have lift off. This is stupidly exciting for me. The first growth of 2017! 🌸 A post shared by Becky Branch (@branchandbloom.uk) on Feb 16, 2017 at 7:31am PST

Garden update-the journey so far!

A new year and and a new start for our back garden. When we moved into our new home we franticly focused on turning the inside of the house into a liveable space. Β It seemed like a good idea to start on the garden at the beginning of a new year as a way of…

Hellebore #2

Mum has had Hellebores in the garden for as long as I can remember. They obviously love it here as they multiply and pop up everywhere creating cross breeds of colours and blooms. Like aquilegias I love looking at the many beautiful varieties that are available but I know Mum loves cultivating more randomised varieties…

Hellebore #1

Snowdrops and Hellebores – a match made in heaven. They stand out on the dullest of winter days and hold their own amongst the snow, providing winter beauty and interest #heathlands #home #mumsgarden #snowdrops #hellebores #snow #gardening #branchandbloomblog A post shared by Becky Branch (@branchandbloom.uk) on Feb 11, 2017 at 4:30am PST

Sowing Sweet Peas for the cutting garden and allotment

I finally got round to sowing my first set of sweet peas the other day! I have had bad luck in the past with sweet peas which is a shame as I love them! I've always cheated and brought established seedlings that have then been very disappointing. This year I'm sowing my own in deep…

Spring is in the air…. I swear

Beautiful fragrant Bridal Crown narcissus in the home now but will plant the bulbs in the garden later on in the year. A post shared by Becky Branch (@branchandbloom.uk) on Feb 8, 2017 at 11:57am PST

Clearing the allotment

Before and after following a morning on the allotment! The allotment was left in a bad way but is looking much better now and ready for digging over πŸ’ͺ🏻#allotment #branchandbloomblog #grafting #somerset #2017goals A post shared by Becky Branch (@branchandbloom.uk) on Feb 8, 2017 at 10:22am PST