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Tip for the week :  30th May – 5th June. Buying bedding Plants

Buying Bedding Plants  It has become a ritual for many of us to spend end of May Bank Holiday with a trip down to the garden centre to seek out our summer bedding plants. The frosts have gone until next autumn and our gardens can once again be adorned with these brilliant flowers. Whether it […]

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Choisya ternata

Flower of the week 30th May. From YOUR garden to YOUR table

We had one really warm afternoon this past week and I took the brief opportunity to sit and relax in my garden. Even before I looked towards the shrub pictured, the strong aroma of its flowers drifted towards me. It has all the merits to be classed as the ‘perfect garden  shrub’ –it is evergreen,  […]

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chelsea

RHS Chelsea Flower show 2016 – Stunning displays with a twist

RHS Chelsea Flower show 2016 – Stunning displays with a twist     The RHS Chelsea flower show, the event that was held on the 24th to the 28th May 2016, was another spectacular success. Record numbers of visitors crowded round the numerous stunning exhibits, which highlighted the depth of superb knowledge and application in […]

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sweetcorn

Grow your own delicious sweetcorn

  Sweetcorn is amazingly easy to grow and the quality of the cobs grown at home is entirely different to even the freshest ones you can buy. It’s simple really – as soon as the cob is picked the sugars in the kernels start to be converted to starch, so  spoiling the flavour! Grow them […]

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3d flowers queen

You can also create stunning 3d flower and plant arrangements

3D gardening – yes it’s possible!   Although receiving no hints through the press before the start of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of the most visually stunning displays came from the floral designers Ming Veevers Carter who created the display on behalf of the New Covent Garden Flower Market. Her stunning design was […]

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mowing the lawn

Yes you can really enjoy getting fit!

The Great Garden Workout!   This year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Coventry University have an exhibition in the Great Pavilion as part of the ‘Healthy gardens, healthy gardeners’ initiative. It is looking at how gardening can be an effective way of exercising.  They featured an interactive exhibit with screens demonstrating which muscles are at […]

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greening grey britain

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips   At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS feature garden was all about promoting the theme of ‘Greening Grey Britain’. The garden’s designer, Ann-Marie Powell, was tasked with creating a garden to be part of the nation-wide call to action. Her garden is […]

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Clematis chiisanensis Amber

How to grow the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016, Clematis chiisanensis AMBER

How to grow the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016, Clematis chiisanensis AMBER   One of the most exciting times in the horticultural world is discovering which plant has been chosen as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year. This year did not disappoint. The plant this year was the […]

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marrow plants

Gardening Tip of the Week 23rd-30th May

The weather forecast has been kind to us this week and it forecasts over 7 degrees at night even for the Northern Counties. This should eliminate the risk of frost and it is time to plant out your courgette plants. I would wait a couple of weeks with outdoor cucumber plants as they are slightly […]

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lilac

Flower of the week 23 – 30 May. From YOUR garden to YOUR table!

At this time of the year when the seasons are changing, the spring bulbs are now past their best and the summer flowers have not yet emerged, I like to  turn to flowering shrubs to enhance my home . Flowering shrubs are so under rated as flowers for the home, this is  because they are […]

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