Author: Cathie Welch

Easter Parade!

Narcissus or daffodils are an integral part of our Easter celebrations and bring delight to the senses after a cold winter. Many of us grow

Drought Resistant Planting

Advice on choosing the right plants for the hot Summer ahead from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. In April we were

Dogwood Dilemma

An unusual month to look at these colourful winter plants but the pruning is very important if we are to retain their coloured stems every

Daphnes in January

The Daphne is a delightfully scented alpine or shrub. They vary greatly in size, colour and cultivation requirements. Every garden should have one, although they

Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are the most popular late season flowers but many people do not grow them due to the high maintenance requirements. Here are some interesting

Crops in Pots

Advice on growing vegetables in pots from Cathie at Cathie’s Gardening School, Squires at Secretts Garden Centre, Milford. Last year we looked at growing your


When I was starting out in horticulture many moons ago we had to mix our own potting composts and it was quite revolutionary when we

Clematis Pruning

The perpetual problem! The challenge is to watch when it flowers, hence writing the article now. It can seem so complicated with all the different

Christmas Wreath

At this time of year I like to look at the meanings behind some of our Christmas traditions. We’ve covered Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Christmas roses

Oh Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again and I have written some interesting articles over past festive seasons. How many of you have wondered why we