Bezzers Biscuits, Wacky Weather, Three’s Company & Hedge your Bets

Taken from Lynne’s weekly column ‘Green Scene’ for the Western Mail. 1st July 2017

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Bezzers Biscuits for your Bestie

Yogi, my terrierist, has been on a raw food diet for several years and I have really noticed a positive difference in her health and behaviour. Apart from being exceptionally energetic she has none of the skin problems associated with Westies. I made the switch after being shocked to read about the amount of additives in dog food, and as I am conscious about eating healthily myself, it made sense that she did too.

For treats she has raw carrot and broccoli stems but I wanted her to have a super-special treat now and then too, so was delighted to find Bezzers Biscuits at a recent show that I was speaking at.

Made in Brecon, Bezzers Biscuits are free from artificial flavourings and preservatives and there is also a gluten and wheat free variety. Yogi’s favourites are definitely the mackerel ones (see pic) and she always knows exactly how many I have in my pocket – as the saying goes, ‘If you think a dog can’t count, then put 4 treats in your pocket and only give them 3.’

The wholesome, homemade treats can be bought online or at various summer shows. For more details, visit www.bezzersbiscuits.co.uk

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Wacky Weather

We are all commenting on the unpredictability of the weather at the moment but ‘The Wrong Kind of Snow’ by Abergavenny-based Antony Woodward & Robert Penn, chronicles that on the 1st July 1968 the south east was baking in temperatures of 33 degrees whilst there were hailstones the size of tennis balls over Cardiff airport.

And check the weather today as folklore suggests the, “If the first of July it be rainy weather, ‘twill rain, more or less, for four weeks together.”

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Three’s Company

Containerised gardening is apparently getting more and more popular, and not just for bedding plants. Predicting the trend for smaller interesting shrubs, Thompson & Morgan are ahead of the curve with their Buddeja ‘Buzz’ which is the world’s first patio buddleia.

Now they are offering pollinators a treat with a compact Buddleja plant that gives them 3 flower colours to choose from, seemingly on the same plant! Supplied as 3 plants in 1 single container, each will grow in harmony and produce a compact bush with fragrant, indigo, ivory and candy pink flower spikes! It’s a real eye-catcher.

Similarly, they have also developed a hardy tricolour fuchsia concept. Their three best-selling hardy fuchsias are now offered in one single pot – just perfect for packing colour into your border and container displays where space is at a premium. As plants develop, they will intermingle, seemingly growing as one plant. Each has a matched compact growth habit, ensuring that each variety grows in harmony with the others, and all three fuchsias will flower continually to provide vibrant blooms from June through to the first hard frosts. More at www.thompson-morgan.com

Full marks to Thompson & Morgan last week for managing to get a special delivery to be despite the poor efforts made by FEDEX. Three times, FEDEX left a card at the wrong address. Surely an integral part of a delivery service is matching the house name to that on the parcel. Full marks to Thompson & Morgan and nil points to FEDEX!

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Hedge your Bets

I was recently asked to design or plan a hedge boundary for a clients garden and after a little persuasion; they chose a mixed shrub option. It is flowering beautifully now and they are pleased that they chose something a little less traditional. When I visited they were trying to choose between beech, hornbeam or a stone wall.

The stone wall was unnecessary and would have cost a king’s ransom, and I felt that a mixed shrub hedge would offer far more colour and interest than the beech or hornbeam. I chose Ribes and forsthyia for early spring colour, and tall varieties of shrub roses and hypericum, which are out now and are highly scented and a real splash of colour respectively. Elaeagnus and Aucuba are strategically placed to provide an evergreen winter screen to hide next doors conservatory and I also included a couple of buddleias for the bees and butterflies. Far from being a boring green, labour intensive boundary, a well designed hedge can be a thing of beauty and bounty!

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