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Buying presents for gardeners is never easy because most gardeners know what garden tools they want and they know what garden tools they like. Gifts for gardeners tend to be the same old tried and tested garden forks, garden trowels and gardening gloves...Japeto offers the perfect presents for gardeners because Japanese garden tools are usually an entirely new concept, but once a gardener uses them there is often no going back to more conventional garden tools!
In the earlier blog posted in January (Jobs in the garden!) I outlined our plan to turn a roughly oblong area of ground into a parterre (Oxford English Dictionary definition: a level space in a garden occupied by an ornamental arrangement of flower beds).
For western countries that experience the highs and lows of all four seasons, winter may not be your first choice when it comes to enjoying a garden. Even though we may have seen and perhaps even enjoyed a garden specifically cultivated for the winter, it is likely the enjoyment came in spite of the time of year, rather than because of it.
I'm going bananas. I am not quite sure what got me into growing banana plants, but this short blog examines the pleasure that can be derived from seeing banana plants grow from seed.
Japanese gardens are serene and simple places of calm, providing a peaceful retreat for reflection and meditation. They avoid the extravagance of many Western garden designs, and consist mostly of evergreens, rocks, pebbles, sand, ponds and waterfalls. A Japanese garden consists of six key elements, and two distinct different types: those designed for walking, and those intended to be viewed from a building or veranda.
A new herbaceous border...the story continues.
Every serious gardener needs to know about Japanese garden tools. They are long lasting, practical and used for many precise gardening tasks. Whilst there are many Japanese gardening tools to consider for your toolbox, a hori hori knife offers plenty of multi-purpose benefits - and for those unsure about its various uses and benefits, here’s everything you need to know.
Putting in a new herbaceous border after 35 years!
There are so may jobs to be getting on with in the garden – yes even in cold February!
Its January and the weather is foul. I have not been able to get out so everything has been confined to the greenhouse where, to be fair, there is always something to be done. Two days ago the weather cleared for the morning and I did a walk around the garden. Many things are looking very sad as a result of the bashing the weather has given them, However some beauties are raring to go in early January. Daphne bollua for example has already sprung into life and with just a little sunshine the superb perfume from this amazing shrub will be realised...