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Perennial Plug Plants – Buying Guide

How to save when planting perennials   How do we fill a border with perennial plants without hurting the pocket? The simple answer is sowing seed, but perennials from seed rarely flower in the first year and need a lot of time and protection in the early years. The alternative is to buy full sized […]

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Leek – A Firm British Favourite

The British History of Leeks The Leek – although the emblem of Wales – really has its origins steeped in English history, with whole towns like Leek in Derbyshire named in this vegetables honour. In Old English all vegetable gardens were called leek gardens and the name was especially connected with any member of the […]

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Valentines Day for Gardeners

 Valentines Day – when work in the field commences! I was looking at a flyer the other day advertising a small  bunch of valentines day red roses for £35,  and I thought to myself,  I can’t believe that my ancestor proposed on the 14th of February with a fresh red rose – where would he […]

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The Perfect DIY Cloche

How to make your own cloche Having been frustrated over the years with a variety of shop bought cloches I decided to make my own with the following features: No Hinges to rust over  It can easily be built for a minimal cost, It is light and manoeuvrable, the lid can easily be removed and […]

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Ivy – Benefits & Pitfalls

Botanical  Name: Hedera Helix. Common Name: Ivy Ivy is the kind of plant that most people dislike, they consider it a large monster – in some states of the U.S.A., ivy is actually banned from being sold in garden stores as it is reckoned an invasive species. However, it will only have a monstrous effect […]

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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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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 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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