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About gardennomey

I'm a Writtle-trained horticulturist who has worked as a full-time gardener, then moved on to marketing plants online for various well-known suppliers and producing content for two of the best gardening magazines in the country. I've been lucky with my career. A while ago I decided that full-time gardening wasn't as enjoyable as I imagined and, seeing as that's the only thing I'm really trained in, that seemed like quite a waste. I was determined to get into garden writing in one way or another. Then I stumbled accross a 'Marketing Assistant' job for Gardening Direct, which, thankfully, they offered me. It's amazing how a career can progress and be turned from something you're not sure you like, into your dream job. As the go-to gardening expert at Gardening Direct, I had a great time being in charge of all the garden copy-writing at the same time as gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management. From there, I moved on to work for more garden suppliers, Which? Gardening Magazine and I think I have found my niche... it's a weird set of skills, but I am happy with it! Thanks for reading :-) Naomi

Growing daphnes

Daphnes bring plenty of interest to the garden during late winter and spring, with clusters of highly fragrant flowers in white, pink or mauve. They look great in mixed borders and shrubberies, and you can also get dwarf forms that … Continue reading

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Top 10 bulbs to plant this spring

Summer-flowering bulbs provide some of the biggest, best and most exotic-looking blooms, and spring is the best time to plant them. Not only do they look fabulous growing in borders or containers, but many make wonderful cut flowers too, so … Continue reading

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Growing crocosmia

I can’t wait to get out into the garden and start planting this spring, so I’ve been having a think about what I’d like to grow this year. I like plants that do well without too much input from me, … Continue reading

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How to train a climbing rose

Photo © Jim Powell Besides Christmas shopping, now is a great time to tend to your roses. They’re dormant until around late-February, so take the opportunity to give them a good prune, remove old branches and train them to shape. … Continue reading

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Plants for dry shade – video

Watch my quick video where I show you three plants that can grow in dry shade under a pine tree…

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Things to make with elderflowers

Elders grow absolutely all over the place – they’re the ‘weed’ of trees. We’re lucky to have them, because their flowers are so delicious and so versatile, you can make a whole host of tasty treats and drinks with them. … Continue reading

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I love gardens with lots of flowering perennials – they’re so much more substantial than bedding plants. Not only do they provide plenty of colour, height and movement, but they’re relatively fuss free and easy to care for too. One … Continue reading

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