The autumn garden can be the best time of the year. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that your outside space need look forlorn or devoid of colour. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that give you a boost in September, October, November and beyond. Not to mention the amazing show that is happening amongst trees and the everlasting colours to be found in foliage.
If your outdoor space is looking desperately dull, it might benefit from a few, carefully placed containers near your entrance, along the circulation routes and close to your windows. Colour is uplifting and some plants shine during the autumn. Here's a selection of some of the best...Read more
We've all heard of biodiversity, it's one of the buzz words of the 21st century. But what does it mean and why does it matter? Should we care that global biodiversity losses are turning into a crisis?Read more
Feeling tired? Maybe a little down or depressed? Perhaps the day's tasks seem too arduous to tackle.
It could be down to the type of sleep that you had last night. It can make a huge difference to how you function during the day. It is an ambition of a high proportion of the population to achieve quality sleep. But how do we do it?Read more
Everyone loves summer, don't they? It's a season giving long, warm days with sunshine and plenty of opportunities for sitting and dining outdoors. But what if summer is a time of sneezing, itching and torment? You might spend your leisure hours seeking respite from relentless sunshine because you crave to be cool. Your plants could be wilting and perhaps your colour seems to be fading away to burnt umber.Read more
The subject of health is a hot topic at all times, but particularly during pandemics such as coronavirus which has spread to every continent except for Antarctica. There’s no escaping the concern and during such times the media relays regular news updates together with advice. Businesses, in particular, are on high alert during times of epidemics. During the coronavirus episode, guidance was issued regarding preventative measures including hand-washing and self-isolating at the first signs of a potential problem. We all know about the 20-second cleansing routine and probably noticed that prices soared for supplies that were in demand, such as hand sanitisers – not to mention the toilet roll obsession! That particular problem and similar issues makes the world seem a smaller place. It seems that viruses have no regard for country boundaries. So, given that the bugs are around, is there anything else that we can all do to help safeguard our households?Read more
In early spring, from March onwards, there's a pop of colour under the hedgerows, in gardens and on sunny banks. Spring flowers emerge, despite wind, rain, sleet and ice. It’s what they do. The harbingers of better weather will appear, come what may. They are suited to just about all conditions, with the exception of complete flooding, and will raise their merry little faces – providing some much-needed cheer.
Let's start with the Primula family. They are one of the nation's best-loved spring flowers and certainly deserve to be. But do you know the difference between primrose, cowslip, oxslip, primula and polyanthus?Read more
The smallest room in the house needn’t be the most boring. In fact, many people feel that the bathroom and cloakroom are the most revered spaces of any home. Let's look at bathroom environments to see which plants can survive in rooms that sometimes get hot and steamy.Read more
The ground in winter can be saturated after many days and weeks of rain and most scientists predict that the extreme weather we tend to experience now in the UK will become ‘normal’. Call it climate change or just prolonged periods of ‘wet’, followed by extended times of ‘dry’, the results can be devastating for people living in low areas or around rivers. And, of course, for those using land for food production and other purposes.
But there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the damage that results from flooding and even to prevent the events happening in the first place...Read more
At times of celebration with a loved one - maybe a birthday or Valentine’s Day, it's a great excuse to have fun thinking outside of the box. What you probably don’t want to buy for someone special is something that can be found everywhere. Not everyone is a lover of cut flowers, chocolates, wine, Champagne, teddy bears or underwear. So you might want to engage in a little imaginative thinking. But first, what's the heart symbol all about?Read more
As the garden prepares to slowly wake from its winter slumber, this is a great time to think about the coming growing season and prepare for all the excitement that is just around the corner. But just for the moment, depending on the weather, the best gift you can provide for your garden is to stay away. The compaction caused by winter boots on soggy lawns and beds does no favours for the structure of the soil. It’s possible to work by using boards on which to tread, or you can wait until conditions improve.Read more