Ten top present ideas to delight any gardener this festive season

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Right, clear your throat and sing up. ‘Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, I’m going down the pub and that’s enough of that’. Ten days to go, and if that phrase doesn’t concentrate your mind to find a perfect present then little will. So here are five great present ideas for the gardener … Continued

Twelve great gifts from £15 to £200 to delight any gardener

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The annual quest for a welcome present gets harder each year, unless you’re buying for children when all they seem to want is the latest gadgetry or toys. But for those not quite so young who have had their fill of Christmas jumpers, finding something worthwhile and useful gets harder every year. So we have … Continued

Our Black Friday deals will give you a garden to be proud of

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Maybe it is an import from the USA, but Britain has taken to Black Friday just as we have taken to the hamburger and today has become a major feature in the British shopping calendar. There are some excellent bargains on our special Black Friday sales pages and here we have selected ten great bargains … Continued

Ten brilliant bargains in our Black Friday sale

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The British seem to have taken to Black Friday with great enthusiasm and it’s hardly surprising when you see some of the bargains on offer. Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, the day is a holiday in some states and the term originated as it was impossible to get around easily due … Continued

Ten brilliant gardening bargains to make autumn gardening easier

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Much of the country is set for warmer weather and in to next week so now’s the time to spend a few hours grass cutting, leaf clearing and keeping hedges neat. So here are ten top gardening bargains from top international manufacturers to make life easier. And we hesitate to mention the C word but … Continued

An Indian summer could arrive this weekend – time to get back on gardening duties

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
With weather forecast to warm up for the weekend, so now is a great time to concentrate on the lawn and its edges. The grass is really putting on a spurt at the moment and needs to be trimmed back to keep it looking neat and tidy through the late autumn and here’s a robust … Continued

Ten top tools to make autumn gardening easier

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Season of mists, maybe, but it is also the season of a huge amount of work in the garden. Lawns are lush, hedges still sprouting, leaves are a-tumbling and have I cut enough wood for winter? Better check. These warm September day are just right for getting out in the garden and getting things shipshape … Continued

Keep hedges looking their best through autumn with this great little trimmer

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Autumn is a time when hedges need a final trim to keep them neat for the autumn and winter. After the main trim on the year straggly growth often happens which makes them look untidy, but you don’t want the hassle of rooting around the shed for the big hedge cutter, fuelling it up and … Continued

Ten top garden machinery bank holiday bargains – the grass and weeds don’t know it’s a holiday

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
To celebrate the last bank holiday of the year we have put together a list of ten great gardening bargains including top names in the world of mowers and other equipment. And though you may take a break this holiday weekend, the grass and hedges keep growing and will need attention when you get back. … Continued

Ten great machines to keep the garden looking great after all the rain

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As the holiday season reaches its height you could bet the weather would turn, and so it has. Most parts of the country has torrential rain excellent for making the grass (and weeds) spring into life but not good if you’re on a beach holiday with fractious youngsters. Those who stayed at home will be … Continued