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Berry Varieties to Decorate Your House

All About Berries The berry season has arrived, so the flower of this week has matured from a flower into a fruit – the berry!  I was initially inspired by a wreath that I saw on the front of a gardening magazine. It was totally made of berries and I thought the bright red berries […]

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Understanding Mail Order Seed Varieties

Seed Varieties Deciphered Gardening Tip – For the week   22nd Nov. – 28th  Nov. December is a busy month for everyone – especially for the postal services, multiplying the likelihood of your parcel getting delayed or lost, by at least 4 times the norm. The other option of waiting till the nation wakes up again […]

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How to Grow, Cultivate and Cut Fatsia Japonica

Botanical  Name: Aralia Sieboldii or Aralia Japonica or Fatsia Japonica Common Name : Fatsia The approaching festive season and long dark evenings are synonyms with candle lit dinners till late at night. However, if you have little children or if for any other reason you prefer not to use candles; I have a flower alternative […]

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hydrangea bush

Caring for Long Lived Hydrangea Flowers

The Long Lived Hydrangea Flower I think no other flower can match  the long lived hydrangea for longevity. I have had beautiful hydrangea blooms growing peacefully in my garden waiting to be picked for the past 3 months, during this time they have changed colour from blue to purple to mauve but only now when other flowers […]

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bulb planting

Bulb planting 101

Comprehensive Guide to Bulb Planting   After the show of summer bedding and a bumper harvest comes bulb planting time! There is nothing quite like walking into a garden centre at this time of year and inhaling the scent of new bulb displays (obviously, I don’t recommend sniffing too close to the bulbs!) The crackle […]

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Chillis – preparing for Winter

Chillis – preparing for Winter As I’m sure all my readers know, I am very keen on my chillis. Each year I seem to manage to grow just a few more – encouraged by seed-swaps with lots of my friends. The trouble is that English Summers tend not to be either hot or long, and […]

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wheelchair gardening

Wheelchair Gardening

Gardening Tip – For the week 17th Oct. – 23rd Oct. Disabled?  This should not mean you have to stop gardening! Gardening is not a hobby that we wish to relinquish just because we are becoming older. However, the unavoidable arthritis and  rheumatism catch up with us as the birthday candles increase on the birthday […]

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Cut Your Dahlias Before the Frost Kills Them!

Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   17th  Oct. – 23rd  Oct. Be quick, be nimble, and cut as many of these flowers as you can because the nights are getting colder! We have already experienced nights of 6oC and no one can rule out a touch of frost during the next […]

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ballerina apple trees

Do you think that you have no room for an apple tree?

Gardening Tip – For the week 10th Oct. – 16th Oct. Do you think that you have no room for an apple tree? One would expect the answer to this question to depend greatly on the size of you garden, which is true, but it will also depend on how big you think an apple […]

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tall fuchsia bush

Fuchsia Varieties You May Not Know About

Gardening  Week  10th   Oct. – 16th  Oct. This week I brought into my house a flower that I have never seen for sale in a florist’s store. I assume this is due to its short shelf life but since there is no difficulty in growing an abundance of them in your garden there is no […]

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