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About garden nomey

I studied Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex back in the early noughties – it was good fun and a great place to learn, and since then I’ve had various lovely jobs. I started working as a gardener at Trinity College in Cambridge, which is the biggest of Cambridge University’s colleges. That was the best gardening job I’ve ever had, the gardeners were talented and knowledgable (and fun!), the college was relaxed and the grounds are extensive and beautiful. There are amazing gardens locked behind ‘secret garden’ doorways in ancient walls, huge perennial borders to tend to, massive hedges to trim (one is 30ft high) and lawns to mow with precision. It was the perfect place for me, as a new gardener, to gain all the experience I might need to see me off into a career in horticulture. I went on to do various other gardening jobs for a few more years, before deciding that I would like to write about plants. Just as I was wondering how on earth I might get into this (as I was only trained in horticulture), I stumbled upon a Marketing Assistant job with an online and catalogue plant supplier, and they kindly took me in. This was my dream job at the time and I felt so lucky, I spent every day writing plant copy and gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management – something I’d never even thought about doing in the past. As it turned out, I loved it! Since then I’ve worked for more online plant suppliers, plus magazines including Which? Gardening Magazine and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. I currently work as a garden writer for Hubert Burda Media UK and fill some of my spare time with freelance copy writing and blogging work. Every single one of my jobs has taught me so much and I think I’ve found my niche – I’m a Gardener, Copy Writer, Garden Marketer, Feature Writer and Online Content Manager! I’ve been involved in this industry for a good while now. I’ve been to a lot of press shows, I work and have worked with a lot of suppliers and I constantly see people I know in magazines and at gardening events. I really feel like I’m part of this lovely, friendly industry and that makes me very happy. I hope you enjoy my blog! Naomi

Dahlias for cut flowers

Dahlias are one of the best garden plants for growing for use as cut flowers. Not only to they have an outstanding vase life, but they provide a season-long supply of spectacular blooms from mid summer right through to the first … Continue reading

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Garden accessories for under £5

I love a bargain and I’ve noticed a fair few recently (including my best buy so far this year – a ‘Conference’ pear tree for £4.99 at Poundstretcher!) so I’ve compiled a list of some of my best finds for … Continue reading

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Five of the best trailing begonias

If you want impressively big basket displays, trailing begonias are the way forward. Whether you prefer the big blowsy blooms of double-flowered varieties, or the elegant single-ones, they provide masses of colourful flowers that cascade wonderfully from any container, be it a … Continue reading

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Plants for small gardens and pots

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your patio for summer, turn a balcony or courtyard into a lush little oasis, or even just plant up a window box, there’s potential to create a beautiful, colourful display whether your outside space … Continue reading

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How to make hanging kokedama

Kokedama is the Japanese art of creating potless plants using a unique soil mixture, moss and string. Styling your home with indoor plants is one of the best new trends around, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve always loved house … Continue reading

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Eight great planting combinations

Spring is a great time to plan your planting schemes for the summer. Getting plants or summer bulbs planted in spring gives them time to settle before waking up in their new location, so they’ll establish quicker and create a good display … Continue reading

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How to grow agapanthus

There’s no simpler way to create a showy and impressive display than with easy-to-grow agapanthus. Effortlessly flowering with statuesque and bold clusters of lily-like blooms on tall, sturdy upright stems, these beautiful plants provide important colour and structure throughout summer, with … Continue reading

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