Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, Hollyhock

Bristly hollyhock

Common hollyhock




Broad bean

Outside under cover


What else to plant:


Apple & pear trees (bare rooted)

Roses (bare rooted)

Shows and events:

Update 05/11/2021
I have checked the 2021/22 events listed below and have added comments where necessary. Please check the show website before travelling, some events may have Covid restrictions in place, others might have to be cancelled at the last minute.

I'll try to keep this list up to date as the situation changes. Regards Nick.

06/11/2021 - 03/01/2022

Longleat: Christmas at Longleat  Christmas at Longleat @ Longleat
Selected dates. Board the Santa train and meet Santa and his elves, listen to Britain's biggest singing Christmas tree belting out carols.
- Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7NW

Christmas at Longleat Christmas at Longleat

27/11/2021 - 02/01/2022

Hestercombe House & Gardens: Christmas Garden Trails  Christmas Garden Trails @ Hestercombe House & Gardens
There will be two trails around the Landscape and Formal Gardens.
- Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Christmas Garden Trails Christmas Garden Trails

27/11/2021 - 23/12/2021

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: Christmas Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall  Christmas Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall @ Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
- Belsay, Nr. Morpeth, Northumberland NE20 0DX

Christmas Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall Christmas Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall

11/12/2021 - 12/12/2021

Barnsdale Gardens: Family Festivities  Family Festivities @ Barnsdale Gardens
Family day of Christmas crafts.

Family Festivities Family Festivities

01/03/2022 - 01/03/2022

Hestercombe House & Gardens: National Garden Scheme Open Day  National Garden Scheme Open Day @ Hestercombe House & Gardens
- Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

National Garden Scheme Open Day National Garden Scheme Open Day

22/04/2022 - 24/04/2022

Loseley Park: Loseley Spring Garden Show Rescheduled date Loseley Spring Garden Show @ Loseley Park
A number of nurseries exhibiting and selling their products in the walled garden.
- Guildford GU3 1HS

Loseley Spring Garden Show Loseley Spring Garden Show

30/04/2022 - 08/05/2022

Grand Designs Live - Excel Rescheduled date Home and garden show based on the Channel 4 TV series of the same name, hosted by Kevin McCloud.

Grand Designs Live - Excel Grand Designs Live - Excel

30/04/2022 - 08/05/2022

Grand Designs Live - The NEC Confirmed going ahead Home and garden show based on the Channel 4 TV series of the same name, hosted by Kevin McCloud.
ExCel, London

Grand Designs Live - The NEC Grand Designs Live - The NEC

01/05/2022 - 02/05/2022

Robin Hood Country Show  Postponed due to Brentwood Centre being used as a vaccination centre.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

Robin Hood Country Show Robin Hood Country Show

05/05/2022 - 08/05/2022

Three Counties Showground: RHS Malvern Spring Festival  RHS Malvern Spring Festival @ Three Counties Showground
Show gardens, floral marquee and plant pavilion. Opportunities to buy plants and garden tools and equipment from the trade stands.
- Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW

RHS Malvern Spring Festival RHS Malvern Spring Festival

15/05/2022 - 15/05/2022

Alresford Watercress Festival Rescheduled date The May 2020 festival was initially moved to September, unfortunately this has now been cancelled. The 2021 festival has now been moved to a virtual watercress festival. A celebration to mark the start of the watercress season.
Alresford, Hampshire, Hampshire

Alresford Watercress Festival Alresford Watercress Festival

25/06/2022 - 26/06/2022

Woburn Abbey: Woburn Abbey Garden Show  Woburn Abbey Garden Show @ Woburn Abbey
Woburn has been closed for a major refurbishment project therefore the 2021 June garden show has been postponed until 2022.

Woburn Abbey Garden Show Woburn Abbey Garden Show

27/10/2022 - 29/10/2022

National Honey Show  Sales, exhibitions and judging of honey and bee produce.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

National Honey Show National Honey Show

All event details have been entered as accurately as possible, but please check with the event organisers before travelling to avoid disappointment.

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Enjoy the autumn leaf colour with some of these stunning gardens, woodland and arboretum

Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • If your pond has frozen over, melt a small area of ice with hot water to release any build-up of gases that could harm your fish. Don't be tempted to break the ice, the shockwave created can kill pond life.
  • Choosing a real Christmas tree.
  • After a frost try to stay off the grass. Treading on the lawn in frosty conditions can damage the grass.
  • Refirm the roots of any shrubs that may have been lifted by frost.
  • Switch outside water taps off at the mains and leave the outside tap open, draining any water, so the pipes don't freeze.
  • Put out feeders for birds, not forgetting fresh water. Encouraging birds into the garden will help reduce the number of insects and slugs.
  • Spray fruit trees. When all the leaves have fallen, spray with a winter tree wash, these are now vegetable oil based, as the traditional tar oil washes have been banned. This cleans the branches and kills fungal spores and over-wintering insects and their eggs. Note: Only use on a calm, still day, cover nearby ponds and green leaved plants, and wear suitable protection (gloves, goggles and mask are advised).
  • After all the windy weather check fence posts and panels are still secure and repair as necessary. Make sure that the shed roof is still water tight.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Cover shrubs that are likely to be damaged by frost with garden fleece, sacking or an old light blanket.
  • Move any planted up pots and containers closer to the house so you can enjoy the colours and textures of the plants through your windows.
  • On a dry still day rake up fallen leaves, don't put them on the compost heap, as leaves break down in a cold process, whereas a traditional compost heap breaks organic matter down in a warm/hot process. Put them into a leaf composter, or make leaf mould. How to make leaf mould.
  • If you have any decorative plant pots that aren't frostproof. Empty them of all soil and store them in the shed, greenhouse or garage.
  • Plant or move roses. They like plenty of sun and a clay soil. Leave 60cm (24in) between plants to allow air circulation, which will reduce the chance of infection.
  • Plant apple and pear trees. Check and adjust any stakes on young trees and remove stakes on any trees that have been planted more than 3 years.
  • During autumn and winter, indoor plants will require less feeding and watering. However as the temperature drops outside, the central heating goes on and the temperature in the house tends to go up, so whilst it's a good idea to keep your pot plants on the dry side and not water them too often, you should check a couple of times a week to ensure they haven't totally dried out. Oh and if you have a water spray bottle, hold the plant over the sink or bath and give the foliage a quick little squirt (don't do this to hairy leaved plants like African violets).
  • Don't go and buy an indoor (small) watering can, I find that the kettle does just as good a job, but obviously not after it has just boiled!! (the water should be room temperature or cooler).
  • Autumn or late winter are the best times to lay a new lawn, as it's damper and cooler, allowing the turf to bed in without you having to worry too much about regular watering. See here: laying a new lawn for further information.