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  • Tips for happiness, how you can recover from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    Suffering from SAD? Here's a Christmas survival guide to help you through the festive season.

    Are you longing for the moment when you can put away your Christmas decorations; find homes for the gifts; eat the last of the festive food and simply get on with life in a brand-new year? This can be a tricky time for those suffering from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, but you can get through it! We would like to help you deal with this very common winter problem, as working through the low feeling and arriving at a more enjoyable place is definitely worth the journey.  This is the perfect time to contemplate new beginnings and a fresh approach to life…
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  • A tale about Twitter, tweets and wild birds

    All that Twitters is not told, what about wild birds?

    We all know that a tweet is a sound coming from a bird, rather than characters originating from a digital device. Right? The majority of the younger generation wouldn’t agree. Tweets are part of Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams’ idea for what was originally a ‘short message service’ communications system. A bit like texting, but for groups. In the 12 years or so since Twitter was created, the number of active users has risen to around 336 million each month, making it one of the biggest social networks.
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  • Nature's berry best baubles to brighten up the winter

    Six of the berry best to brighten up the season

    Christmas is about to take centre stage now that December is just about here. It's good for the soul to rejoice in positive sights, sounds and celebrations. So let's not forget those that are taking place all around, unaided by LEDs. Nature has its own #festivedisplay which doesn’t need to cycle through various flashy patterns in order to impress. What’s more, berried bushes are for life, not just for Christmas. There are many wild creatures that depend upon the feast during deepest, darkest December.

    Cactus Santa, father christmas dressed as Santa, cactus plant, tiny cacti, plants as presents, This cactus Santa relies on clothing to make him look bright and festive. But many plants are producing their own winter baubles that look AMAZING!

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  • 10 favourite plants, a round up of the Top of the Pots for 2018

    TOP OF THE POTS, can you guess the 10 favourite plants for garden and home this year?

    10 favourite plants! It's difficult to select just the 10, but as we enter the season of giving, plant lovers might rejoice in the opportunity to buy green things for friends and family. Even if the recipient doesn't share your love of growing, there's a good chance that they can be converted – for their own good, of course.

    Here’s our round-up of the most popular and ‘most-wanted’ items for gardens and home this year. 10 favourite plants for the home and our 10 favourite items for gardens too.

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  • Improve your mental health this November, it might be easier than you think

    You can improve your mental health with these two natural chemicals

    Did you know that there are two naturally-produced chemicals that are largely responsible for our mental health and emotional wellbeing? There are good reasons why gardening is good for you, not least the hormones that gardens help you to produce.

    A young man who looks unwell and depressed. mental health, depression, unhappy, sad, ill health, unwell, ill, gardening, how to improve your mentalhealth. Latest figures show that one in four people is likely to be affected by mental health problems. Around 450 million people currently suffer, therefore it is one of the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

     

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  • Huge house plants give you Jumbo-sized impact in the home and office

    Huge house plants for interior decor drama

    Big is beautiful when it comes to house and office plants. In fact, huge house plants create an ambience that is stronger and more powerful than any single contributor when it comes to interior design. Soft furnishings, furniture and the latest gadgets are desirable (for some), but house plants take the biscuit when it comes to bringing a space alive.

    house plants in a living room with settee and rug, brightening up the space. Take away the house plants and this living room would look like a very dull space.

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  • A recipe for success as we enter the gentle downhill slope into Christmas

    A voucher code for you, because bonfire night means that Christmas is coming…

    You might be trying to avoid any thought of what's coming. So here's something to help ease your pain. A voucher code especially for our valued readers.  It can be applied to any purchase on the  Perfect Plants' website (one use only per customer)

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  • Why is indoor gardening good for you?

    How to cope with dark evenings and why indoor gardening is good for you. 

    The clocks are about to turn, the fires can be lit and it’s time to enjoy cosy evenings indoors rather than out. There’s no reason to abandon your outdoor space, however. There are plenty of ways in which to enjoy indoor gardening whilst still appreciating your autumn and winter garden on the other side of the window pane. One of the most rewarding things you can do is to give yourself the visual treat of a little lighting in the garden. You don’t want to flood the space with artificial brightness, however. This disturbs the natural world and confuses wildlife.

    How to light your garden

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  • Which ornamental grasses are right for my garden?

    Grasses: the swaying stars of the autumn border

    Every season brings its own garden wonders and, apart from the awe-inspiring colour of leaves, ornamental grasses are the stars of the moment. In fact, their moment lasts a long time. Grass seed heads and flower heads look beautiful for months. They are more durable than most flowers and certainly delight the senses for a longer period of time than the beautiful show of autumn foliage. But did you realise that there are several different categories of ornamental grasses? Each grows into a form that is distinctly different from others. Some are more suitable for gardens than others, especially small spaces.

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  • Is it time to think outside of the box, Buxus sempervirens?

    Box blight and box moth are devastating tiny hedges and stylish topiary. What can you do about it?

    Are there alternatives to box, the highly popular small-leaved evergreen, Buxus sempervirens?

    Not every case of so-called box blight is actually that. Did you know that Buxus sempervirens is also affected by another little demon called Box tree moth? It can defoliate the shrub quite quickly, and is often first noticed as fine, webbed strands within which the moth larvae feeds. They subsequently develop into hungry green caterpillars.

    buxus sempervirens, buxus, box, box hedging, topiary, box blight, box tree moth, box caterpillar, formal gardens, hedging, Buxus has been used for topiary and detailed hedging for centuries because its small evergreen foliage responds well to clipping.

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