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A Colourful Winter Planter

How to make a colourful winter planter Making the planter A few days ago a friend approached me with a home made planter and challenged me to fill it with colourful flowers. The planter was well made; he had used decking wood which is a good idea. Decking is already treated wood, reasonably wide and value […]

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Ideas for a colourful winter planter

A winter planter to help sell the house ? I always knew that the smell of fresh baked bread was the ideal catalyst to induce a potential home  buyer to buy a house, but what if the house has not been used for the past five years and has no baking utensil and not even […]

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Flower of the Week 5th February 2017

If most people were asked which is the first flower that heralds the spring they will most probably answer the snowdrop of course, but that is because they have not been introduced to the world of hellebores. Although we have many shrubs that flower through the winter I particularly see a certain inauguration of the […]

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Hellebore – Early Colour in Your Garden

Growing the Hellebore Botanical  Name: Hellebore. Common Name: Christmas Rose , Lenten Rose. The hellebore usually  begins to flower in mid January and continues through the spring. The leaves are evergreen and the flowering season obviously begins with the Christmas Rose and then continues with the Lenten Rose which are usually larger and more showy.  […]

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The Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

This year, the Big Garden Birdwatch will take place from 28-30 January 2017! In 2016, the Big Garden Birdwatch count was pretty awesome! Some stats: 519,000 people counted 8,262,662 birds! If you’ve been in a state school in the last 20 years, or ever watched Springwatch, the chances are that you have heard of the […]

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How to Grow the Christmas Box Bush

Common Name: Christmas Box, Sweet Box. Botanical  Name: Sarcococca Confusa The Christmas box usually begins to flower in mid January in my garden (I wonder if the name suggests that it originally flowered 3 weeks earlier?) and continues for a few weeks. The flowers are followed by small black spherical berries which are still on the […]

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Gardening Week 29th January 2017

Why is it, that everyone that came up my garden path this week asked the same question “What is this fantastic scent that you have sprayed all over the entrance to your house?” Well of course I haven’t sprayed anything, all I did was I planted an aromatic Christmas box about 10 years ago. The […]

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Gardening Styles for 2017

2017 Gardening Trends The gardening trends for 2017 are promising to be an exciting move towards colour block planting, dwarf shrub planting, and green (!). Let’s have a look at what to expect and how you can achieve the look in your garden! #1 Gardening Trend for 2017 : Colour block planting   Garden designers […]

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Frost does not need to Bite!

Why frost can be good for the garden Easier Landscaping Although gardeners today like to see their plots as flat as a bowling green all the year round, when digging over in the autumn and winter there is no need to break up and smooth out the clods of earth, when the clods of earth […]

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Gardening Tip – For the week 22nd Jan. 2017

Frost does not need to Bite! The latter part of January is usually the coldest time of the year in this country. The temperature level usually fluctuates around the 0o degree level , often with a night frost just below freezing point and as the short day wears on, the mercury creeps up a few […]

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