The May Garden 2022

The May Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins BLOSSOMS AND BULBS Blossoms and bulbs herald the opening days of May, but by the middle of the month their thunder is stolen by the  magnolias and in particular the variety ‘Stellata’ which takes on the look of a white bridal...
The April Garden 2022

The April Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins THE APRIL GARDEN I have often likened gardening to a selection box of chocolates: the more you delve, the more you discover what surprises lie under each layer of dark, corrugated, crinkly paper! The one thing I dislike of course is the...
The March Garden 2022

The March Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins THE WINSOME CHERRY No flower is as mysteriously winsome as the cherry, but then spring flowers have always touched a soft streak in human nature! I have never been to Japan but if I were there now, the plum, peach, and cherry trees would...
The January Garden

The January Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins EMOTIONS When the emotional clutter of Christmas and the New Year have finally become a memory, clear thinking and confidence returns to rejuvenate my faltering spirit. I can then begin to appreciate the emptiness of winter! At first...
The December Garden

The December Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins DECK THE HALLS Holly is a wind, salt, and rabbit proof shrub, and there are many splendid varieties from which to choose. In decades past gardeners would have been aware of this and the plant’s other hidden connotations. Today, the...
The October Garden

The October Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins SEASONAL CHANGES Trees will soon undress, their accessories will totter and twist to begin, then eventually fall to the sodden ground in a slow, liquid fashion. They will litter in the process, ending up in corners and under shrubs and...