Create a haven for bees

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10:06am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GARDENERS in Yorkshire have been urged to create bee-friendly gardens to help protect insects threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

Humpty Dumpty has a great spring

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1:56pm Saturday 12th April 2014

EUPHORBIAS are reaching their peak of perfection as they enjoy the mild and damp spring we have had this year. These majestic plants are a dramatic sight in the early garden, the lime green of their flowers combining with daffodils for a bright splash of sunshine in a corner.

Garden expert talk a sell-out

York Press: BBC radio gardening expert Joe Maiden chats with (left) Head Chef Craig Atchinson and General Manager David Macdonald during his visit to the Talbot Hotel in Malton.

9:51am Wednesday 9th April 2014

BBC Radio’s gardening guru Joe Maiden gave a talk at the Talbot Hotel in Malton.

Pieris comes good as April gets busy

York Press: Pieris

1:08pm Saturday 5th April 2014

GINA PARKINSON welcomes a relatively hardy shrub which comes into its own in the spring.

Twisted tree that turns into a real star

York Press: Contorted hazel

2:40pm Saturday 29th March 2014

GINA PARKINSON has grown to love the contorted hazel with his twisted trunk and ringlets of branches

Top tips on how to get gardening

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11:11am Friday 28th March 2014

A PAIR of experts from York are to support National Gardening Week by encouraging York residents to get gardening.

A tough touch for the spring

York Press: IN BLOOM:  Hepatica, a tough plant that can cope with any aspect apart from deep shade in a north-facing site

1:32pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

GINA PARKINSON reports on bringing spring colour to a raised bed

Primulas spring into view

York Press: Primulas spring into view

2:51pm Saturday 15th March 2014

SPRING sprang last Sunday with clear skies and plenty of warm sunshine.

Pulmonaria - a cottage favourite

York Press: Pulmonaria

1:21pm Saturday 8th March 2014

GINA PARKINSON welcomes a commonplace plant that is one of her favourites and remains a true cottage garden specimen.

Springing on stage

York Press: A crocus which has come out in the early spring sunshine

2:29pm Saturday 1st March 2014

GINA PARKINSON welcomes the spring crocus and the suggestion it gives of what is to come this year.

Winter-flowering Lenten rose

York Press: Lenten rose or Helleborus x hybridus. Picture: Mike Tipping

2:04pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

GINA PARKINSON sings the praises of a winter-flowering hellebore more commonly known as the Lenten rose.

Gardener Joe Maiden to give talk at Malton

York Press: Gardener Joe Maiden to give talk at Malton

11:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Gardening guru Joe Maiden will be at the Talbot Hotel, in Malton, on Thursday, February 27.

Making a good impression in the garden

York Press: BBC Radio York presenter Julia Lewis, left, chats to Gina in Gina’s garde

1:59pm Saturday 15th February 2014

Gina Parkinson puts her nose to the grindstone as she gets her garden ready for a special guest.

Flowering inferno

York Press: Matthew Smith, of Brighter Blooms, Preston, arranges his design, Tulips From Amsterdam

1:30pm Saturday 15th February 2014

Matt Clark previews the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Plant of the month: Snowdrop

York Press: Snowdrops

12:50pm Saturday 8th February 2014

GINA PARKINSON profiles what must be one of the nation’s favourite winter flowers.

What a lovely ‘stinker’ it

York Press: A hellebore coming into flower

8:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

GINA PARKINSON welcomes the green buds of early-flowering hellebores, and braves the rain for some emergency planting

Marvelous marbled foliage of Arum

York Press: Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’  Picture: David Harrison

1:02pm Saturday 25th January 2014

A mild spell sees Gina Parkinson and planning the year ahead and finding time to admire the marbled Arum leaves.

Winter shrubs enjoy their quiet moment

York Press: Winter Honeysuckle

12:20pm Saturday 18th January 2014

Winter shrubs tend not to be showy, but at this quiet time they have their own careful beauty, finds GINA PARKINSON.

Evergreen groundcover provides interest during a quiet period in the garden

York Press: Ivy being used as evergreen groundcover in Gina’s garden

12:40pm Saturday 11th January 2014

Evergreen groundcover is a blessing at this quiet time of years, finds GINA PARKINSON.

Now is the best time to order your seeds

York Press: Rhubarb loves plenty of fresh manure

8:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

THE festive season is over and I’ve had my one sprout to remind myself why I don’t like them.

Looking forward to the first glimmers of the gardening year

York Press: It’s time to start prunning and tidying up

8:00am Saturday 4th January 2014

WELCOME to 2014 and the first column of the year. Many people regard January as the worst time of the year, a month to endure and get through.

Let it snowberry...

York Press: Snowberry

12:09pm Saturday 21st December 2013

The snowberry goes unnoticed for much of the year, but comes into its own when everything else dies back, writes GINA PARKINSON.

Berberis can shine like a burning bush when other plants have lost their glory

York Press: Berberis

10:47am Saturday 14th December 2013

THE windy Thursday a week or so ago saw most of the remaining leaves on our deciduous trees and shrubs pulled from their branches and thrown about the lawn and paths.

The greenhouse effect

York Press: Gina’s secondhand greenhouse in its finally assembled state

12:26pm Saturday 7th December 2013

A secondhand greenhouse seemed a good idea, but it took some building. At long last GINA PARKINSON can proudly survey the slightly wonky results.

Jasmine comes into its own right now

York Press: Winter jasmine

9:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

Winter jasmine is an old workhorse that provides bright spots of colour at a dull time of year, finds GINA PARKINSON.

Brightest of berries

York Press: Rowan tree

8:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

GINA PARKINSON marvels at the bounteous harvest from the humble rowan tree in her garden

Evergreens and euphorbias help keep the November garden alive

York Press: A Euphorbia covered in melting frost

11:30am Saturday 16th November 2013

NOVEMBER is the time to enjoy evergreen plants as the glory of autumn leaves fades and the garden begins to look flat.

Time to consider seeds of change

York Press: Grass seed heads can provide welcome interest to the winter garden

10:52am Saturday 9th November 2013

GINA PARKINSON outlines the work to be done in the garden this month

Wild mannered

York Press: Geranium robertianum

9:50am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Weeds, wild flowers – call them what you will, but sometimes these interlopers are welcome, finds GINA PARKINSON.

Autumn shows its true colour

York Press: Autumn foliage

8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

Autumn colour offers a welcome final burst of colour before winter sets in. GINA PARKINSON surveys the changes in her York garden.

Keeping the lawn in order

York Press: Dahlias

7:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

October is the best time to pay attention to the lawn, especially after a long hot summer, writes GINA PARKINSON.

Hardy favourite shines

York Press: Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir White’

11:05am Saturday 12th October 2013

GINA PARKINSON finds that a delicate-looking geranium is good value second time around this year.

Get to root of matter

York Press: The first frosts leave their mark at Helmsley Walled Garden

8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

THE first frosts will soon be upon us bringing to an end the dahlias and annuals still in flower and turning our thoughts to the autumn tidy up.

Blooms to berries

York Press: Cotoneaster

1:29pm Saturday 5th October 2013

GINA PARKINSON enjoys the colour as berries take on their autumn twinkle

Japanese anemones in the garden

York Press: Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert

12:30pm Saturday 28th September 2013

When we moved to this house three years ago the front garden was an expanse of concrete edged on one side with a length of shrubs. These are a good mix of holly, cotoneaster and snowberry which are gradually being trimmed into a thick hedge.

Scampston Walled Garden to feature on BBC's Gardeners’ World

York Press: Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, North Yorkshire

2:24pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

SCAMPSTON Walled Garden will be appearing on the BBC flagship gardening programme Gardeners’ World on Friday.

Verbena bonariensis - a gem kept back for later

York Press: Verbena bonariensis

11:45am Saturday 21st September 2013

GINA PARKINSON welcomes a late-summer jewel that shines bright when other plants are going into dull decline.

Daisy has its moment

York Press: Aster frikartii Monch

1:30pm Saturday 14th September 2013

GINA PARKINSON on how to fill the dull lull of late summer.

Autumn favourite is shining bright

York Press: Hydrangea aspera villosa group

8:10am Saturday 7th September 2013

GINA PARKINSON sings the praises of a favourite plant that comes into its own as the garden falls towards autumn.

Do you have any ideas for a glut cook book?

8:00am Saturday 7th September 2013

ADAM MYERS, from Brunswick Organic Nursery and craft workshop, is compiling a book of recipes for those endless piles of courgettes, tomatoes, runner beans and apples that appear at this time of year.

Fruits of the year

York Press: Fruit trees in Gina's garden

12:40pm Saturday 31st August 2013

GINA PARKINSON takes times to enjoy the fruitfulness of this long summer

Butterflies and co visit the garden

York Press: Peacock butterfly

11:33am Saturday 24th August 2013

GINA PARKINSON has advice on how to garden in order to attract butterflies and other insects –  and it’s not all hard work, as an untidy garden seems to help.

Here’s the seed of a good gardening idea

York Press: Ricinus

8:00am Saturday 17th August 2013

GINA PARKINSON explains how to reap the benefits of sowing seeds, one of the most satisfying of garden tasks.

How to prune a garden tree

York Press: Pruning helps keep the trees at Helmsley Walled Garden in shape

8:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013

WITH the good weather we have been enjoying, many of you will have spent time sitting in your garden enjoying the fruits of your labours.

Going to sedum

York Press: Sedum ‘Bertram Anderson’

11:41am Saturday 10th August 2013

GINA PARKINSON shows how to fill in the summer lull and sings the praises of the sedum family.

Garden that turned into a life’s work

York Press: Vanessa Cook in the gardens outside her house at Stillingfleet

10:04am Wednesday 7th August 2013

Meeting Vanessa Cook in the middle of her peaceful cottage gardens, it comes as a surprise to hear that for many years she worked nights in a factory just to be able to keep up her home.

Poppy pops up

York Press: The poppy in Gina's garden

8:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

GINA PARKINSON has more hints on gardening in a hot spell, and displays a vibrant poppy harvested from a seedling spotted in the veg patch.

It’s been a good year for the roses

York Press: Elizabeth Baker with her rose bush which grows up a fir tree she planted in her garden in Earswick 54 years ago. She was given the rose, which is called Paul Himalayas, as a tiny cutting 15 years ago

9:37am Tuesday 30th July 2013

A BOUNTIFUL rose bush which started as a tiny cutting more than a decade ago is now more than 30 feet tall and 12 feet wide.

Smoke on the horizon again

York Press: The smoke bush in Gina’s garden

10:53am Saturday 27th July 2013

GINA PARKINSON welcomes a sight of smoke in the garden even though there is not a bonfire to be seen.

Gardening in a heat wave

York Press: Achillea: Doing well in an exposed bed

12:08pm Saturday 20th July 2013

CAN we believe this sunny weather? This time last year we were well into the dullest summer ever, with poor veg crops and borders devastated by slugs.


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