The Gardener :: Editor's Letter
September 2019
   The Gardener

It may still be a little chilly but we know that spring has arrived! Oh yes, the first signs are here and you can smell it! Probably the most well-known and iconic symbol of spring is the much-loved white jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum). This vigorous creeper has found a home in many of your gardens, and deservedly so. Simply out of nowhere, this jasmine starts creating clusters of reddish to bright pink clusters of buds, which explode overnight into white blossoms! What a sight and delight; who would have thought that such a ‘plane Jane’ plant could bring such joy to so many of us.If you don’t have one in your garden you are missing out (unless you can still enjoy at least half of the joy because your neighbour has one, and wafts of sweetness still enter your garden). So this is the official green light: go and get your own!

This issue is all about celebrating spring, from the do’s and don’ts to gorgeous hanging baskets – yes, we should all have one or two! You have to give hanging baskets a try – we have put together the perfect soil recipe for you (which is where it normally starts to go wrong – if the soil is right the rest just falls into place!). We have potting combos that you are going to love, that are simply bursting with colour. There is also some sage advice on how to look after those much-loved indoor flowering plants after their prime time is over. Remember – they can be planted in the garden for a second chance at life!

It’s also the start of Open Garden season, so get the diary out and start planning those trips, folks. There is so much to see, learn and experience. You can take a sneak peak at the first gardens that are open, on pages 50 and 51, and of course you can get the complete guide in our Open Gardens magazine, which is available now at your local retail outlet or on, where you can download a digital copy. Can you believe that there are over 200 gardens open this year? I know you are going to have a tough time deciding which ones to visit, because I certainly am!

Some other events to diarise are the Builders Warehouse Garden Masterclass sessions that take place across the country. They’re all on a Saturday, so there is no reason why you can’t make it! Keep track of where and when they are on Facebook (at TheGardenerMag or TanyaVisserGardener). Bring along your unidentified, troublesome and badly behaved plants and I am sure we will be able to help!

Shew, it’s finally time for The Gardener to be back on your tele: season 18 starts on Tuesday 10 September. We’ve got a garden full of ideas ready for you, so don’t miss it!

Till next month, Happy gardening.


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