Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse



Ornamental pepper



Alpine poppy


Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, Hollyhock

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Bristly hollyhock

Brussels sprout




Common hollyhock


Floss flower, Ageratum




Normandy sorrel




Spring onion

Swiss chard, Ruby chard, Rhubard chard


Outside under cover



Shows and events:

Updated 29/07/2021
Following the UK Government lifting of restrictions in England on 19th July with some restrictions still continuing in Wales and Scotland, some show organisers have been able to confirm that their events are going to go ahead. Others have found that the uncertainty of rising (and falling) infection rates and the length of time it takes to organise an event makes it too unpreditable to proceed so have cancelled their event for this year.

I have checked the 2021 events listed below and have added comments where necessary.

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

17/05/2021 - 26/09/2021

The Garden Museum: The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers  The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers @ The Garden Museum
An exhibition and celebration of Constance Spry, including photographs, sculptures, documents and personal items from the RHS Lindley Library where they were deposited after her death.
- Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers The Garden Museum: Costance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers

04/08/2021 - 04/08/2021

North Devon Show Now cancelled A traditional one day agricultural show celebrating rural Devon life.
Umberleigh Barton Farm, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DX

North Devon Show North Devon Show

04/08/2021 - 08/08/2021

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show Confirmed going ahead RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A five day flower show set in the grounds of RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Specialist plant nurseries, garden help, tips and advice, live music as well as refreshments.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

06/08/2021 - 07/08/2021

Taunton Flower Show Confirmed going ahead Organisers of Taunton Flower Show decided to move the flower show to August, due to the uncertainties caused by the corona virus. The show's directors announced that they have decided to focus their efforts on making next year's event the biggest celebratory garden party the town has seen for years.
Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Flower Show Taunton Flower Show

06/08/2021 - 07/08/2021

Jekka's Herbetum: Jekka's Herbetum Open Day Confirmed going ahead Jekka's Herbetum Open Day @ Jekka's Herbetum
- Jekka's, Shellards Lane, Alveston, Gloucestershire

Jekka's Herbetum Open Day Jekka's Herbetum Open Day

07/08/2021 - 08/08/2021

Great Comp Garden: The Great Comp Summer Show Confirmed going ahead The Great Comp Summer Show @ Great Comp Garden
A popular gardening event featuring specialist nurseries, gardening suppliers and a local jazz ensemble playing whilst you browse. Pre-booking required.
- Garden Comp Lane, Platt, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS

The Great Comp Summer Show The Great Comp Summer Show

09/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

National Allotment Week  A series of events across the country showcasing the importance of allotments to people giving those that don't necessarily have access to a garden to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.

National Allotment Week National Allotment Week

13/08/2021 - 14/08/2021

Shrewsbury Flower Show Virtual event The World's longest running flower show takes place on a bend in the River Severn. Gardening, cooking, show jumping and live music.
The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Flower Show Shrewsbury Flower Show

13/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

RHS Garden Rosemoor: RHS Rosemoor Flower Show Confirmed going ahead RHS Rosemoor Flower Show @ RHS Garden Rosemoor
2017 was RHS Rosemoor's first ever flower show, now in it's fifth year it's back bigger and better with large floral displays, trade stands, garden advice and live music.
- Nr. Great Torrington, Devon

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

14/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival Now cancelled Over 100 scarecrows made by the villagers of Kettlewell are displayed in gardens, open spaces and in hidden corners of the village. Visitors are invited to walk along the 'Scarecrow trail' to find clues to help solve the themed puzzle.
Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QZ

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

15/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Confirmed going ahead The one day agricultural show is a great family day out. Craft stalls, livestock displays, dog shows and cheese tasting.
Shepton Mallet Showground, Cannard's Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4GF

Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show Mid-Somerset Show/Shepton Show

19/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

Southport Flower Show Now cancelled Unfortunately the show has had to be cancelled for the second year in a row. The UK's largest independent flower show with over 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors in 4 days.
Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ

Southport Flower Show Southport Flower Show

21/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival Now cancelled Over 250 trade stalls showing and selling garlic and other local produce.
Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LU

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

26/08/2021 - 29/08/2021

The NEC: BBC Gardeners' World Live Confirmed going ahead BBC Gardeners' World Live @ The NEC
Show gardens, gardening advice, demonstrations and the chance to buy plants! Run in conjunction with BBC Good Food Show Summer.
- North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT

BBC Gardeners' World Live BBC Gardeners' World Live

27/08/2021 - 29/08/2021

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show Confirmed going ahead A festival of agriculture entertainment and food & drink. The Royal Bath and West show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in England. Taking place over 4 days.
The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show The Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show

27/08/2021 - 30/08/2021

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Craft in Focus fair Confirmed going ahead RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Craft in Focus fair @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
An exhibition celebrating the talents of British crafters and designers.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Craft in Focus fair RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Craft in Focus fair

28/08/2021 - 30/07/2021

Chilli Festival - Benington Lornship Confirmed going ahead One of the largest chilli festivals in the country. Over 60 stalls selling seeds, plants, peppers, sauces, chutneys, cheese and chocolate. A wide range of food, drinks and ice creams (not all containing chillies ;-))
Benington Lordship Gardens, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7BS

Chilli Festival - Benington Lornship Chilli Festival - Benington Lornship

29/08/2021 - 30/08/2021

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show Confirmed going ahead A traditional county show.
Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

02/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Dahlia Show Confirmed going ahead RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Dahlia Show @ RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The members of the National Dahlia Society showcase a diverse range of dahlia cultivation. Pre-booking is required.
- Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Dahlia Show RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Dahlia Show

03/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

Chatsworth Country Fair Now cancelled Held in Chatsworth Park the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular annual outdoor events.
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Chatsworth Country Fair Chatsworth Country Fair

03/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

Dundee Flower and Food Festival Virtual event A number of nurseries and gardening societies exhibiting. This is the Scottish National Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society Annual Show.
Camperdown Country Park

Dundee Flower and Food Festival Dundee Flower and Food Festival

03/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

The Newark Garden Show Confirmed going ahead The Newark Garden Show is a three day event, celebrating the best of gardening and the great outdoors.
Newark Showground, Lincoln Rd, Coddington, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY

The Newark Garden Show The Newark Garden Show

03/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

Waddesdon Manor: Chilli Fest -Waddesdon Manor Confirmed going ahead Chilli Fest -Waddesdon Manor @ Waddesdon Manor
A chilli festival in the Manor gardens showcasing the wares of local artisan producers. Trade stalls selling plants, peppers, seeds and chilli related foodstuffs. Live music, children's activities and an opportunity to walk around the Manor gardens.
- Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Bucks

Chilli Fest -Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest -Waddesdon Manor

04/09/2021 - 04/09/2021

Alresford Show Now cancelled A traditional agricultural show in the Hampshire countryside
Tichborne, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0PN

Alresford Show Alresford Show

04/09/2021 - 04/09/2021

Moreton-in-March Show Confirmed going ahead One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.
Moreton-in-Marsh Showground, Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AB, Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-March Show Moreton-in-March Show

06/09/2021 - 06/09/2021

RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Plant Heritage Autumn Fair Confirmed going ahead Plant Heritage Autumn Fair @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Return of the Plant Heritage Plant Fair and Tender Plant Show. A chance to buy rare and unusual plants, watch demonstrations and listen to talks from gardening experts.
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Plant Heritage Autumn Fair Plant Heritage Autumn Fair

07/09/2021 - 08/09/2021

Four Oaks trade show Now cancelled A commercial ornamental horticultrural show covering 17,000m2 under glass. A trade only show.
Farm Lane, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DU

Four Oaks trade show Four Oaks trade show

07/09/2021 - 12/09/2021

RHS Garden Wisley: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show Confirmed going ahead RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show @ RHS Garden Wisley
Six day flower show featuring nurseries and garden trade suppliers. Including the National Dahlia Society Show, NAFAS floral displays and the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail. Pre-booking required
- Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

12/09/2021 - 12/09/2021

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: South Staffordshire Bonsai Society Confirmed going ahead South Staffordshire Bonsai Society @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
South Staffordshire Bonsai Society will be exhibiting their varied collection of bonsai. Cost of entry to the show is included in the Garden's admission charge.
- Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3TR

South Staffordshire Bonsai Society South Staffordshire Bonsai Society

14/09/2021 - 16/09/2021

GLEE Confirmed going ahead One of the largest trade only gardening and gift shows in the UK.
The NEC Birmingham, West Midlands


15/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

Exhibition: The Leaves of the Tree  The Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns this year where is will be transformed by spectacular floral flower displays.
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, SO23 9LS

Exhibition: The Leaves of the Tree Exhibition: The Leaves of the Tree

17/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Confirmed going ahead A great late season show to see autumn flowering favourites including chrysanthemums and dahlias.
Newby Hall & Gardens, Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

21/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Rescheduled date Perhaps the most famous and prestigious flower show in the world. It has been held for over 100 years, starting in 1862 and was originally known as the Great Spring Show. It was held at the RHS garden in Kensington, moving to the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in 1913, when it was a three day show. The whole event including the 12,000 sq m Great Pavillion and all of the show gardens are put together in just three weeks (19 days) and dismantled in the 5 days after the show.
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show

24/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Three Counties Showground: Malvern Autumn Show Confirmed going ahead Malvern Autumn Show @ Three Counties Showground
This return of this event promises specialist nurseries, including RHS-award winning growers, RHS flower show displays, giant vegetables and the popular Gin Show in the open-air food and drink village.
- Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW

Malvern Autumn Show Malvern Autumn Show

17/10/2021 - 17/10/2021

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Midland Bonsai Show Confirmed going ahead Midland Bonsai Show @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Midland Bonsai Society will be holding its annual show at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Society will be exhibiting their varied collection of bonsai. Cost of entry to the show is included in the Gardens admission charge. The Gardens are the home of the National Bonsai Collection.
- Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3TR

Midland Bonsai Show Midland Bonsai Show

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

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

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

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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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Remove weak growth from autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • Grass will need less frequent mowing in prolonged dry weather. If very dry, remove the grass collecting box and let the cuttings stay on the ground to conserve soil moisture.
  • Continue to collect and store seeds from plants, for sowing next year. Store any collected seed in paper envelopes or bags, then put them in an air-tight container.
  • Propagate hibiscus, lavender and rhododendron plants by taking semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Propagate celamatis, honeysuckle and wisteria plants by layering.
  • Collect and dispose of wind-fall fruit. Leaving them on the ground encourages pests and can damage your lawn.
  • Take cuttings of shrubs: senecio, lavender, sage, rosemary, fuchsia, hebe, daphne, cistus, choisya and azalea.
  • Prune wisteria by shortening the whippy lateral shoots to about six buds from the main stems.
  • Prepare the garden now if you are going on holiday. Water all shrubs well, including roses and climbers, then lay 2-3in thick mulch on top of the soil around their roots to keep the roots cool.
  • If the your grass has grown long while you have been on holiday, give it a cut with the blade set quite high and then lower a few days later, this reduces the chance of the grass going into shock and allowing weeds to get established
  • If you are going on holiday either get a neighbour to water your house plants, hanging baskets and patio planters, alternatively put all of your plants including house plants on the patio or lawn, put the lawn sprinkler between them and connect the hose to an outside tap using a water timer (set the timer to come on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening - 10 minutes each time should be sufficient). Test the settings before you go away.
  • Feed tomato plants fornightly with a liquid fertiliser (this must be diluted in water to prevent burning the plants)
  • Tie tomato stems to canes or stakes to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the plant.
  • Pond fish will eat more in the summer, feed them little and often, once or twice a day. If the food has not been eaten within 15 minutes, remove and dispose of the excess.
  • Ensure that soil in hanging baskets and patio planters is kept moist. Remove fading and dead flower heads from plants, this will encourage new flowers. Feed hanging baskets and planters weekly with liquid fertiliser if a slow release fertiliser was not added when planting the basket.
  • Move houseplants outside for some summer sunshine.
  • Continually nip out side shoots from upright (cordon) tomato plants. These reduce the amount of food available to fruit baring branches. If growing plants in the greenhouse, nip out the growing tip after the plant has produced 4-5 fruiting trusses, reduce this to 3-4 if growing tomatoes outside. See here, for more information:
  • Regularly water trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. Their roots won't have had a chance to fully develop yet.
  • Cut grass weekly, long grass takes more nutrients out of the soil. It is also harder to cut and may leave yellow patches in the lawn.
  • Lift, divide and replant chives.