David Domoney Newsletter

May: Royalty-Ready Gardening


We have a lot to look forward to this May! Thanks to the bank holiday weekend this week, there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the improving weather.

This month, we’re celebrating the Royal Coronation of King Charles III, a monarch who has proudly shared his love of gardening over the years. Why not incorporate some of the King’s own favourite flowers into your garden? He’s even released a collection of stamps to celebrate each and everyone one of them.

The Chelsea Flower Show is making a return this May, from the 23rd to the 28th, comfortably rounding out a wonderful month. This year at Chelsea, they’re placing emphasis on the benefit of gardening for your own well-being. A cause close to my heart, and one that I fully support. If you get a chance to visit, look out for some of those restorative plants that can boost your mental and physical health.

And if you weren’t lucky enough to bag a ticket, don’t worry! I have some exciting events coming up, starting this month. On the 20th of May, I will be at Bridgemere Show Gardens in Cheshire, home to multiple Chelsea award-winning show gardens. Come along to see the previous winners and get the chance to vote for your favourite. I will be hosting a Living Chelsea Flower Show, showing you how you can ‘Get the Chelsea Look’ in your own garden! It’s sure to be a great day out for the whole family, so come along and see what the gardens have to offer.

You can also catch me at the Bath & West Show on Friday 2nd of June and Saturday 3rd of June, where I’ll be talking about all things gardening! Make sure to book your tickets here so that you don’t miss out.

All of these events bring with them the promise of a beautiful summer. I hope you’ll continue to join me in my garden as we enter one of my favourite growing seasons. For more behind the scenes of my garden, take a look at my YouTube channel.


Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

May is a great time to make sure that your roses are well-fed, as they start to come into flower. This can be a little intimidating, so here are a few pointers to help you out.

Potted roses

Step 1.

Container roses need to be fed a lot more regularly than those in borders. Overfeeding could lead to a weaker plant, and fewer blooms. Underfeeding means the leaves wilt, also resulting in fewer blooms. For the average rose, feed every fortnight.

Miracle-Gro Rose feed

Step 2.

Most liquid rose foods like Miracle-Gro’s® will come with a cap, in which you can measure your food dosage.  Miracle-Gro® provide liquid foods specifically for roses and shrubs, and a general liquid fertiliser.

Miracle-Gro and watering can

Step 3.

Soak the soil around the rose’s base with diluted rose food solution, Roses are hungry plants, so don’t worry about being overly generous. Try to wet the leaves whilst you’re doing this.

Rose bushes

Step 4.

Repeat every couple of weeks, from early spring to late summer, to get the best and most beautiful blooms for your rose plant.

Watch this…

If you want a raised bed with a difference, watch my video showing you how to make your own curved raised bed with sleepers.

Top Plants

With the sun coming out a little more this month, find out my 10 favourite plants to really brighten up your outdoor space.

Top Job for May

Add real, living art by trimming your topiary this May. Whether you’d like a sophisticated swirled tree, or a box bush shaped like an animal, find out how to get started, today!

Top Job for May

I have 5 pairs of Harkness roses to give away! Be in with a chance to win the Rose Guy’s Gold and The Rose Easy Does It; two beautiful, statement roses to get your garden blooming.

In it to win it…

We have 5 Harkness Fellowship Roses to give away. Boasting a worldwide reputation as a great bedding plant, Fellowship is one of the best orange roses around.

Remembering the Late Queen

Have a read of some of my favourite memories of the late Queen Elizabeth II ahead of King Charles III’s coronation.

Plants for Purpose

Do you have a wall in your garden constantly out of the sunlight? Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to plant in that space, as there are plenty of shade-loving plants that will thrive in a darker spot.

Brighten up your garden for spring!

Last month, you might have seen me on This Morning, talking about wonderful plants that add colour to your garden.

The perfect prize for your plants!

Enter my giveaway today, for a chance to get your hands on a bottle of Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics All Purpose Concentrated Liquid Plant Food. 100% natural, this plant food is glorious for plants, and gentle on nature.

Clean up the competition…

Be in with a chance to win an OASE AquaOxy 500. This aerator provides the perfect amount of oxygen for your flora and fauna. Help your pond to stay healthy and full of aquatic life!

Up for grabs…

Be in with a chance to win a Yard Force Jump Starter. A convenient and re-chargable energy station, this Jump Starter works for car batteries as well as a two-way charger for mobile devices.

Here are the winners from April:

Yard Force Window Vac:

Muhammad Ehsan


Victoria Hunter

Paula Marshall

Jeanette Flewett

Natalie Crossan

Susan Fraser

Philip Brett

Nicola Fadoju

Katrina Dunn

Christopher Kelly

Colleen Dicks

OASE Filtral UVC 1500

Amy Simpson

Harkness Fellowship Roses

Gul Akkaya

Paul Richardson

Linda Semanych

Lynne Skelly

Nicola Percy

Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout May…