Did you just cast your eyes down and look a little bit sheepish then?
Plants are enticing, beguiling little things. They whisper: “Buy me! Put me in your trolley! See that gorgeous little flowery thing over there which matches my colours so beautifully. Buy us both! And you too will have an award-winning show garden border in your back yard.”
In May 2014, the Independent wrote that Britons will spend an average of £30,000 on their gardens over a lifetime, with a third of that amount going on plants, “often fuelled by impulse buys on garden centre visits”. That figures…
I remember a friend of mine proudly showing off her flower bed to me. She’d just moved in to her...
Looking for a gift for the gardener on your Christmas list? This one ticks all the boxes.
The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner CD makes a great Christmas present. This exciting garden design software creates bespoke planting plans, tailored to the individual’s own garden. So, what else is good about it?
Why put it on your ‘gardening gifts’ list?
Here are some compelling reasons:
The recipient is unlikely to have a collection of these from previous Christmases. They may have other garden software – I have a shelf-full – but this one is radically different. It’s the first to use intelligent design logic to randomly generate plans, based on the gardener’s choices of style and colour.
Creating a successful planting design for your garden borders can involve hours of decision-making. I know – I’ve put those hours in and scrawled lists of plants on countless sheets of paper and backs of envelopes.
The first step is to know your garden.
1. Go on a fact-finding mission
Check out which areas of the garden catch the sun and at what time of day. In other words, where’s the best place to drink your morning coffee? And is it the same for your afternoon tea?
Know where the wind whips through, creating draughty corridors and which parts still have frost on the ground long after the rest of the garden has warmed up.