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  • The light bulb moment: complete this garden task within the next two weeks!

    Don't let the light bulbs effect pass you by. Here's your Eureka moment to help stave off depression. 

    Why is this particular week said to be one of the busiest of the gardening year? It’s all about bulbs! Now that autumn has officially arrived, (it's the equinox on Friday 22 September) you can plant your little spheres of energy and be not only comforted, but positively enthused because you are planting the concept of JOY! This might not seem such a big deal but you will be amazed at the difference it makes to your inner soul, particularly if you suffer from depression. Which, incidentally, affects around one in six people at any given time.
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  • Six reasons to follow the cacti trend

    Look sharp, here’s a trend that has spiked in popularity!

    Interior design and fashion go hand in hand and this results in trends that are impossible to ignore. Sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason for the popularity of certain items or styles but it certainly appears that strong images make the key component. What’s been trending for some time, with no sign of diminishing? Cacti! Here's six reasons why you should join the growing trend!
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  • 6 simple steps to help you choose greenery for your office.

    Follow these steps and you will increase the health, happiness and productivity of your workforce!  Guest post by Tiles Direct

    There are numerous studies proving the benefits of bringing greenery into the office and workplace.  These highlight positive attributes including (but not limited to) improved air quality, productivity and wellbeing. It's not surprising that more and more businesses across the UK are enhancing their workspaces with indoor plants to create healthier, greener and more welcoming environments.

    plants, house plants, office plants, working, space, health, happiness, tiles direct, perfectplants.co.uk, indoors, greenery, plants for the office, larger plants, Oh how these house plants and living green wall enhance the office space! Who wouldn't want to work here?

    However, there’s more to incorporating indoor plants into office space than just dotting a few pot plants on desks here and there - you want your plants to create an appealing place to work, as well as accurately reflecting your brand and company culture. From exotic Dracaenas and bird of paradise plants to subtle spider plants, we’re going to be taking you through 6 steps to choosing the perfect greenery for your office.
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  • 7 plants to make a rainbow garden in August and September

    7 Rainbow plants for a glowing late summer garden

    Perhaps, by now, you are assuming that the best part of summer is over. But in fact, sometimes September brings the very best weather, coupled with interesting light. The brightness of hot sunny days in mid-summer makes gardens appear to be ‘washed out’ because the sun is so high and light travels through the shortest possible path through the atmosphere.  Late summer, however, is often a real feast for the eyes.
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  • Looking good in summer: 10 hot perennial plants that are drought-tolerant

    Is it fun in the hot sun?

    Is the hot summer all but a dream or will there be more good weather to come? Who knows, in this green and pleasant land, if and when sunshine and warmth will be with us.

    For most of us, a hot spell is a blessing. But if you were on the continent earlier in the month you would have experienced heatwave Lucifer. It has seen temperatures soar to over 40 degrees C. and caused havoc, including wild fires, drought and even death. The affected countries included Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Croatia, which were all issued with the highest grade ‘red’ warning from European weather hub Meteoalarm.

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  • Six ways to make yourself smile - even if you don't feel like it!

    Smile! What is it that makes us happy?

    Have you ever noticed how some people seem to smile a lot? How does this make you feel?  Perhaps you are envious or maybe you think they are foolish. You might not even have noticed that  there's a whole heap of people out there who look happy most of the time. Are you one of them?
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  • How to create a garden room to make a plant and people haven

    Enjy a special GUEST BLOG POST about integrating plants into places, written by friendly flooring expert Poshflooring.co.uk, the online store of FlooringREPUBLIC.

    Want to go rustic? How to create your own rustic conservatory... on a budget!

    Conservatories offer more than just additional living space. These wonderful rooms can serve as a rustic transition between the inside and outside of a home.  They provide the perfect platform to create a relaxing and tranquil space to be enjoyed all year round. And what better way to style your conservatory than with a natural theme?
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  • Most popular house plants for 2017

    Amazing Alocasia and other plants that are popular in 2017!

    Who would have thought that what were once thought of as humble house plants would be the main group of plants to enjoy the greatest surge of popularity over the last three years? This indeed is the case, as has been witnessed in garden centres and nurseries across the UK. Many outlets report that house plant sales have quadrupled and that they now represent around 10 per cent of overall turnover.  Why?
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  • Deliciously tempting: 10 unusual edible plants to try growing at home

    Grow your own unusual edible plants

    grow your own, grow, vegetables, fruit, garden, allotment, soil, eat, produce, gardening, Grow your own edible plants! But why stop at the predictable produce when you can grow unusual fruit and vegetables too?

    The ‘grow your own’ habit is growing! Around one in three people are now thought to grow some sort of edible plants, from simple windowsill herbs through to full ’10-pole’ allotment produce. It seems that people love being able to control which fertilisers and chemicals, or lack of them, go into the food they eat. The desire to eat organic food seems to be an expanding one as more and more people are realising that ‘we are what we eat’.
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  • Lavender, lavender everywhere, and even a drop to drink!

    What are those  Lavender fields forever, and how do we use this herb?

    Lavender is considered by most of us to be a quintessentially English sub-shrub, that we love to see and smell.  But did you know that Lavandula is actually a Mediterranean plant that was brought over to Britain by the Romans? This was hailed as a great healing plant because it possesses antiseptic qualities. In fact it was used to make a washing fluid which kept clothes smelling fresh during Roman times. Indeed ‘lavare’ means ‘to wash’ in Latin.

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