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WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376

Hi folks, suddenly realised the other day that although my garden will look nice for a short period of time, (eventually, sun permitting!) I don't have year round interest!

I would like some way of researching plants by which months they bloom so can plan all year round. Can anyone recommend a book or online facility that does this? I have a few great books now but none of them allow you to research with this criteria, any suggestions or tips how others manage this would be greatly appreciated! image thanks!



  • GillygeeGillygee Posts: 28

    morning! i have a fantastic book which is fast becoming my fave - it has month-by-month flowering lists (amongst loads of other stuff)  - Reader's Digest '1001 Hints and Tips for the Garden'. I haven't been gardening long so it's got loads of instructions for flowers and veg for the un-initiated! It is quite a hefty hardback.

    ISBN 0 276 42231 7

    not sure where to buy as i got mine out of a charity shop (50p! in the unwanted box), but library no doubt will have a copy.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827

    Have you tried google?   I found this - which is a good place to start.  They have a list for every month.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376

    Thanks Gilly, yes I'm new to gardening too,  that sounds like a great find! I like to search the charity shops too, found RHS encyclopedia of plants and flowers the other day for two quid! image about the only thing it doesn't have is facility to search by month of bloom! Ibwill check out the charity shops again for the readers digest, if not I'm sure amazon will have it, thanks very much! image

    Brilliant Obelixx! Thanks! Going to get a gardening diary so I know what I'm putting where and when its expected to make an appearances! image that website will be very handy, thanks! image

  • GillygeeGillygee Posts: 28

    i splashed out and bought (on ebay but no doubt on amazon as well) Carol Klein's gardening journal. it's for veg and not flowers, but has a page for each week for you to make your notes - and she keeps you right by guides on what to do that particular week. quite pricey if you buy new though i think.

    while i think about it, alan titchmarsh has a good book (lots of pictures and starts at novice level), 'gardening for beginners' based on his tv series - another huge, heavy tome (what is it with gardening books - they're at least twice the weight of normal books?!). again i got my copy out of the charity shop and have seen several second-hand copies around (it is several years old).

    ok, coffee time and then out to inspect the backgreen as we actually have sunshine in scotland today! good luck with your charity shop rummaging!!


  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376

    Hope you got some good finds Jo! Charity shop and carboot sale finds, think we could start a new thread. Garden related of course! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,743

    Wonky - lots of hardy geraniums will flower for a long time through the summer and into autumn, and then many of them have foliage which turns an amazing glowing red in the autumn.  There may be some for sale when we visit East Ruston on Friday image


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  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376

    That's great Jo! Really glad you enjoyed your rummage! Great finds! The RHS bible is quite a tome! Think you will find it very useful! Now doing plan of the garden to start filling in the blanks, gardening diary next!

    Thanks Dove that sounds great, so many different types too! Think I'm going to need to bring my notebook, my tablet, and purse! imageimage

  • It's also a good idea to visit your local Garden Centre or Nursery each month during the year, that way you can see what is performing well at that particular time image 

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376

    Bird watching distracts me Jo, image don't have enough flowers for bees to stick around at the moment but I'm working on it! image thanks for the amazon tip! Right in like Flynn as they say! image hope you dry out and don't catch a sniffle! At least you will have some good reading and research. image

    That's a good idea NGcards! Think I will take my note book to so I can jot ideas down! Thanks image

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452

    Thanks to Jo47 for the heads up about the book image My 1p copy of 1001 Hints and Tips and a 1p copy of Good Ideas for your Garden have just arrived courtesy of Amazon this morning. I'm going to take a break from weeding, trimming and general pottering this afternoon and go and sit in the sunshine with my new books image

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