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Tokely's Tales - Andrew Tokely's monthly gardening blog

Andrew Tokely, Thompson & Morgan's horticultural expert, writes a monthly blog on his gardening experiences throughout the year.

Tokely's Tales Gardening Blog has moved!

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, October 7th 2012

Tokely's Tales - August 2012Our brand new Wordpress blog is now live and you'll find Tokely's Tales Gardening Blog there from now on. Andrew will be updating the blog each month as normal and you'll also find our 'News in the Gardening World' feature and Michael Perry's Gardening Blog there. We hope that you like the new format and hope to see you there soon. You'll have the opportunity to leave comments on the blogs and news items and you can even sign up for free RSS feeds to get new blog posts delivered to your inbox as soon as they're published!

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September

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, September 10th 2012

Tokely's Tales - August 2012The mixture of fine weather and some showers towards the end of last month has certainly helped the summer bedding displays, which are still putting on a good show. Talking of shows, at the beginning of September was the Capel St Mary Allotment show in the village where I live. This is always a great event and again we were blessed with good weather. On the Friday before the show I spent the day lifting and sorting my vegetable exhibits. This can be a joyful as well as sometimes a frustrating experience...

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August

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Tokely's Tales - August 2012It is always a worry when you are away, not knowing what is going to happen to the garden, but luckily I have a good neighbour who looks after plants at home and a fellow plot holder who waters any plants on my plot that may require attention. Well, on my return all looked well – with the mixture of sunshine, heavy downpours and some TLC the garden and plot were looking great.

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July

By Andrew Tokely on Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Tokely's Tales - July 2012The garden and plot are saturated and the forecast is for more rain to continue this month. I’ve already recorded over 60mm of rain in my gauge in the past 2 weeks. But despite the weather the garden has been looking colourful...

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July - Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, July 9th 2012

Tokely's Tales - July 2012The good thing about visiting the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show compared to Chelsea is space - there is far more of it making walking around the exhibits and gardens a more pleasurable experience...

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June

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, June 18th 2012

Tokely's Tales - May 2012Despite the changeable weather of late it has been a very busy time in the garden and on the allotment. All the bedding plants have been planted and watered in both by me and by the gods, so these have got away well and are starting to bush out. With a little more sunshine to bring out the blooms it should soon look very colourful, rather than various shades of green at present.

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May - My RHS Chelsea Flower Show highlights

By Andrew Tokely on Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Tokely's Tales - May 2012I have lost count of how many times I have visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but one thing is guaranteed - I always see a few gardens and new plants or ideas that inspire me in my own garden.

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May

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Tokely's Tales - May 2012After the wettest April on record, May arrived and hasn’t been a lot better. But at least the rain has turned more showery with a few nice sunny days over the last week...

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April

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Tokely's Tales - April 2012Well, what a cold spell we are experiencing at present, and ever since the hosepipe ban was announced for our area it has rained almost everyday...

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April - Using water wisely

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, April 4th 2012

Tokely's Tales - April 2012 - Using water wiselyI am sure many gardeners were as shocked and surprised as I was when a hosepipe ban was announced for my area starting in April. This is very early in the season and something we would normally associate with mid summer rather than late spring. My thoughts then went to how I was going to keep my garden looking good this year...

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March

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Tokely's Tales - MarchNights are getting lighter with around 12 hours daylight per day, so I think spring may have finally sprung. Already the blossom is bursting out from tight buds on trees and hedgerows around the village where I live in Suffolk, but caution must still be taken...

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February

By Andrew Tokely on Wednesday, February 15th 2012

Tokely's Tales - FebruaryWhat a difference a month makes, last month I was saying how mild it had been for the time of year, well February has certainly come in with a vengeance. Still, this cold snap will be helping to break the heavy soil down on the plot and kill off a few of those overwintering pests.

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January

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, January 16th 2012

Tokely's Tales - DecemberWith the weather so mild early this month, it is hard to believe we are only in January. I must admit that weather like this does worry me, because often fellow gardeners get itchy fingers and start sowing seeds far too early.

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December

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, December 12th 2011

Tokely's Tales - DecemberI love seeing a freshly turned over plot, all clean, edged up and ready for the new year ahead. It’s already had a few good showers of rain and some hard winter frosts, which will all help the soil breakdown ready for next spring.

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November

By Andrew Tokely on Monday, November 21st 2011

Tokely's Tales - NovemberI just can’t believe how mild it still is this month, not that I am complaining - it makes working in the garden more pleasant, especially without the hindrance of a jacket.

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