Alan's Western Daily Press Gardening Column
Alan Down, owner of Cleeve Nursery has been gardening correspondent for the Western Daily Press [WDP] since 2005 and here you can download his interesting and informative Saturday column.
Old [and new] Varieties of Irish Primroses Mar 2nd 2013. Truly perennial primroses, handed down from generation to generation, are rescued by a retired Irish dentist and available again.
Growing Camellias Feb 23rd. Tips on growing these beautiful early flowering evergreen shrubs
Enjoy your winter wonderland but prepare for spring! Jan 26th 2013 Snow brings extra beauty to our gardens [image of Alan's garden featured]
Indoor Houseplants Improve Your Health Jan 19th 2013 Christmas tree out, houseplant in! WDP feature.
Hillier Landscapes and how to improve your garden Part 2. Jan12th 2013 Guest feature on Alan's WDP column
Hillier Landscapes and how to improve your garden Part 1. Jan 5th 2013 Guest feature on Alan's WDP column
Beautiful Coloured Bark and Stems Dec 15th 2012 Western Daily feature of dogwoods, willows, etc.
Gifts for Gardeners Dec 8th 2012. Alan suggests Christmas gift ideas for gardeners.
Moth Orchids from the Forest of Dean Dec 1st 2012 WDP feature on Riley Orchid growers.
Recommended Apples to Grow Nov 24th 2012 WDP feature.
Perennial Vegetables Nov 17th 2012 WDP feature.
What Trees to Plant Nov 10th 2012 Alan's recommendations of what ornamental trees to plant.
Ash Disease Disaster Looms Nov 3rd 2012 WDP feature on the implications to the UK.
Preparing the greenhouse for winter Oct 27th 2012 WDP feature on what to do in the greenhouse now
Top plants for autumn colour Oct 20th 2012 WDP feature on what triggers good autumn colour and which plants to grow to get it.
Planting a glorious display of colour couldn't be easier Oct 13th 2012 WDP feature on Plant of the Month Heuchera and xHeucherella plus the usual timely tips.
Fill your baskets and hang onto colour all winter! Sept 29th 2012 WDP feature on what to plant for colour in containers this winter.
Banish thoughts of a poor summer and plant autumn bedding now! Sept 26th 2012. Time to get autumn, winter and spring flowering bedding plants established!
A thrifty way to get more from the lawn you love Sept 15th 2012 Alternatives to grass for lawns in a WDP feature.
Tame wild hedges by being severe with your pruning Sept 8th 2012 Rejuvenation of old overgrown hedges [WDP].
Autumn is the prime time to get your plants settled in Sept 1st 2012 Plan it, Plant it this autumn; why autumn planting is best for all.
Climb aboard for the ticket to grow community roots Aug 25th 2012 The Edible Bus Stop project and how communities can be brought together by growing food together.
Plenty of plants make the cut for floral displays Aug 18th 2012 The cutting garden and what to grow for cut flowers.
The thorny issue of cultivating roses Aug 11th 2012. A look at roses 3000 miles apart; in Oregon and Surrey and the importance of disease control.
Gardening for children Aug 4th 2012. Felicity Down [Alan's wife] steps in and tells us how to get children into gardening.
Summer pruning provides shock treatment July 28th 2012. Summer pruning, what to prune and why it works.
Fashionable colours in the border July 21st 2012 A look at what colours garden designers are using.
Between land and water, the plants that love moisture July 14th 2012 Bog and Marginal Plants
Delve deep down into the dazzling world of dahlias July 7th 2012 Western Daily Press The revival of zingy spectacular Dahlias!
Summer is the New Spring June 30th 2012 Western Daily Press. Why it's still not too late for a great show this summer!
Things are looking rosy as we head into mid-summer June 23rd Western Daily Press A look at climbing and rambling roses
Expert on hand to advise about ‘the queen of climbers’ June 16th 2012 Western Daily Press feature on Raymond Evison Clematis plants
June 9th 2012 Western Daily Press. Growing courgettes, marrows and cucumbers.
Make the most of your garden with a summertime show. May 2nd 2012 Western Daily Press.
May 26th 2012 Western Daily Press. Featuring the excellent water saving garden at the HQ of Bristol Water.
May 19th Western Daily Press column
May 12th 2012 Western Daily Press. Our Jubilee Doorstep Challenge to you this summer! Celebrate with flowers!
May 6th 2012 Western Daily Press. Marvellous maples dazzle in spring as well as autumn!
April 28th 2012 Western Daily Press. Cypripedium [Lady's Slipper Orchids] are extremely hardy and are a lot easier to grow than they look!
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April 7th 2012 WDP. With an Easter traditional crop- potatoes- already in the ground its time to plant others in this family.
March 31st 2012 Western Daily Press. The thrill of seedlings emerging never lessens!
March 24th 2012 Western Daily Press. Explore the micro climates and niches in your garden.
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