David Domoney Newsletter

August: Enjoy the Summer Holidays

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The summer holidays are finally here, so it’s time to get outdoors with the whole family. Whilst the weather hasn’t been as glorious as it was this time last year, the rain will keep UK gardens looking great.

On the 11th and 12th of August, you will find me at Shrewsbury Flower Show 2023. There you can enjoy plenty to entertain the whole family, including flora, food, music, and acrobatic displays, over a packed two-day event. And to round off each of those days, there will be fantastic fireworks displays to celebrate a perfect day spent in the great outdoors. So join me at Shrewsbury Flower Show, and make sure to get your tickets booked here. 

And if you can’t make it to Shrewsbury, you can catch me in the gardening Heart of Cheshire, at Bridgemere Show Gardens on Sunday the 13th of August, celebrating with a Summer Garden Party. There will be food vendors, drinks to enjoy, and an exclusive talk from me on how to use your garden to make your summer drinks extra special. You really don’t want to miss out on this one, so make sure to get your tickets here.

So, this August, make sure you make the most of your garden space with the whole family! For advice and my best gardening tips, visit my website and YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

Make yourself a delicious Lavender Collins cocktail to enjoy this August at your summer parties, or just to relax and bask in the sun with.

If you want to see me make this drink, watch this YouTube Short.

Lavender in a pot

Cut your Flowers

Head out to your garden, and collect your sprigs of lavender. I suggest that you use about a 1/4 cup of flowers for every half a cup of water.

Pop them in a pot on the hob.

Lavender after steeping

Get Boiling

Turn on your hob, and get the water up to boiling. Once it has been boiling for approximately 2-3 minutes, take it off the heat. Add a lid to the pot, and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the flowers, leaving just the lavender water.


Make your lavender syrup

Combine sugar and water together in a separate pan. Use an equal ratio of sugar to water, and heat on the hob until the sugar has completely dissolved. Combine this with your lavender mixture to make a lavender syrup.

lavender cocktail

Combine it all together

Fill up your glasses with ice and a slice. Measure 15-20ml of lavender syrup into each glass. Add 25-50ml of gin or leave out for mocktails.

Top up your glass with your choice of sparkling, tonic, or soda water, and enjoy!


Watch this…

Find out my answers to Google’s most asked questions about Lupins/Lupines.

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Top ten for august newsletter feature

Top Plants

Find out my suggestions of the best plants to grow in your garden this August for a delightful and colourful display.


12 Beautiful Plants

I have summarised a group of beautiful plants inspired by my recent trip with This Morning to the Poison Gardens in Alnwick.

Miracle gro 4-in-1 competition

For the perfect lawn…

Enter my giveaway today, for a chance to get your hands on 1 of 10 bottles of Miracle-Gro® Evergreen Complete 4-in-1 Lawn Food.


Top Job for July

Sow biennials now to enjoy their beautiful colour in the future.

Tall plants for shade

Plants for Purpose

Plant these gorgeous tall plants in your garden to offer natural shade, so you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.


Keep your plants healthy whilst away

Make sure that your plants will be just as healthy as when you left them by using my tips to keep them watered whilst you’re on holiday.

OASE PondoVac 3 Competition Feature

A clean and tidy pond…

Be in with a chance to win an OASE PondoVac 3. By removing sediment from the bottom of your garden, your water plants and aquatic life will live healthier and happier.

Here are the winners from July:

Miracle-Gro® Nourish & Protect Winners:

Hamish Archibald

Stacy Saxby

Gemma Morrison

Sascha Cook

Pauline Reybolds

Tony Martin

Victoria Hunter

Kathleen Hooper

Paul Williams

Jayne Hill

YouTube iPad Subscription Winner

Josephine Pett

Congratulations! Keep your eyes peeled for other competitions in August.