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  • What ideas can you take home from Chelsea Flower Show?

    Here's 6 ideas to action after experiencing RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show is possibly the greatest flower show on earth and it's taking place this week! Even when it's gone, it doesn't need to be forgotten aned there are, of course, more flower shows to enjoy – including RHS Hampton Court from 4-9 July. The repercussions from such amazing shows can last forever if you take certain thoughts home with you and then act upon them. These events are a source of inspiration and joy during the actual visit, but why let it end there? There are so many garden tips that you can absorb from these magical events and none of these are beyond the reach of 'normal' gardeners.

    Here are a few suggestions for benefits that can last forever:
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  • Create a garden you want to sit in

    Sit and stay! How to train a human to enjoy their garden

    garden, seating, sit, sitting, relaxing, furniture, chair, seat, outdoors, summer, enjoy, This dog is quite good at sitting. But are you?

    Find it difficult to sit down? Gardeners and garden-lovers generally share this tricky trait. They love their gardens so much that they just have to keep adjusting them.  No sooner has bottom touched seat that they are up and off to deadhead the roses; to fix a broken stem and to pluck out a weed.

    STOP!

     

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  • Why have a pond or water feature in your garden?

    HERE'S SIX REASONS why installing a pond into a garden is a great idea!

    Water in a garden immediately changes the ambience of an outdoor space. In fact, a pond or water feature has been shown to improve mood and make people feel healthier and happier. Ponds reflect light, add interest to outdoor space and provide a reason to explore the surroundings. Why are ponds good for us? Here’s six reasons why you might want to include water in your garden.  Continue reading

  • 10 reasons to love cactus and succulent plants

    Cacti and succulents - here's 10 reasons to follow the prickly trend.

    Is spring  all about outdoor flowers? There are tulips, Forsythia, Magnolia, wallflowers, bluebells and many more colourful beauties. These all herald the fresh new growing season and set the outdoors ablaze with bling. But in fact, indoor plants are equally amazing once you start to notice the detail. Spring is also the season for cactus and succulent flowering too. Many people love these weirdly wonderful house plants which now have a strong and increasing following. It is actually fascinating to tune into their highly distinctive appeal.

    cactus, cacti, flowers, spring, prickly, succulents, desert, It's cactus flowering time! Look closely and you will be amazed.

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  • How to deal with slugs, snails and garden pests

    How to deal with slinky, slimy slugs and other garden pests

    Have you planted out your bedding or put out your hanging baskets yet? The recent cold snap might have had its wicked way with anyone who was a little premature with their planting. But it’s certainly been a tempting time, with temperatures having already reached over 25 degrees celsius in the south east. It’s been largely dry and warm this spring. Too dry for gardeners and for many plants. Although the dry soil does have benefits when it comes to slimy garden pests that like to snack on plants.

    slugs, garden pests, snails, flowers, spring, summer, nibbling, eating, flowers, garden, pest control Slugs will soon be snacking on your prize plants!

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  • The beginner's guide to growing vegetables in a small space.

    New to vegetable growing? Where to start…

    You don’t need a huge plot or an allotment in order to ‘grow your own’ vegetables. Even with a tiny space you can grow something worthwhile. It does take just a bit of time investment in the early stages as the key lies in good preparation. The smaller the space, the more organised you must be.
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  • Grange herb wheel competition winner: announcing the winning poem!

    And the winner is...

    Yvonne Osborne, who lives in North Yorkshire. The standard of entries was extremely high and it was a VERY difficult decision to choose a winner. Eventually the following poem was chosen and we hope you will agree that she is a deserving winner:
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  • What plants can I put on my balcony?

    Plants for a balcony, i.e. gardening for the garden-less

    Not everyone has a garden. Indeed, many people live in flats, apartments and maisonettes which might not even have a balcony. Perhaps you live in a tiny terrace with just a back yard. If this describes you, it would be easy to assume that gardening doesn’t feature very high on your list of priorities.
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  • Ideas for Easter: how to get the kids outdoors this spring

    How to have fun during the Easter holidays

    Easter is approaching (Sunday 16 April) and the glorious, warming weather provides a great incentive for all of us to enjoy the garden. Get the kids outdoors having fun during the school holidays now and they will form habits that will last through the summer.
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  • WIN a wooden herb wheel! Plus 5 easy 'grow your own' ideas for the vegetable garden

    Would you like to WIN this herb wheel from Grange? 

    It's competition time and you are invited to enter this competition to win a wooden herb wheel planter from Perfectplants.co.uk.

    You will find it easy to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in a UK garden once you feel inspired. In fact you can create a healthy growing corner within even a tiny space.  Perfect Plants Ltd is delighted to offer you the chance to WIN a wooden herb wheel planter which will enable you to separate out your herbs in great style! Look further down the page to find details of how to enter the competition.
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