1. One thing that influences trends in gardens. Do you know what it is?

    What has the biggest effect on garden choices? Of course, it's ...

    TV. Simples. Television has a profound effect on our garden plant and product choices and ideas. TV gardening shows set the stage for things to come. They showcase new plants and ideas and act as a 'catwalk' at which audiences can ogle. Structures, paving, styles and statues, once they appear on TV they pop up elsewhere too. What are the current gardening trends and should you take any notice of them? The day after airing, hundreds of viewers think about replicating at least part of what they've seen. We are a highly impressionable lot! Read more
  2. Why do cats and dogs eat grass?

     

    Pets eating plants. Why do cats and dogs eat grass?

    Cat, eating grass, herbs, health, digestion, pet, garden, cat grass Does your cat eat grass? Do you know why? Cats and dogs. When it’s not raining them down from the cloudy sky, they share our homes and our lives. They like gardens too. What's more, they love certain plants. But do they know what they can and can’t eat? Nature is a very clever thing, but if animals are deprived of what they need the most, they tend to find the next best thing. Read more
  3. Cut flowers for the home, here's 10 of the best

     

    Enhance your home with cut flowers

    Cut flowers can enhance the home in an instant. The interiors of the smallest bedsit through to the largest mansion house are all lifted and improved by adding a few cut flowers. Flowers from the petrol filling station are better than nothing, but should, perhaps be viewed as a last resort. There’s far better effect to be gained by simply picking a few seemingly random bits from the garden or even the verge or hedgerow. Taking care, of course, not to take flowers that have been deliberately grown by others unless they have given permission. These cut flowers and even ‘weeds’ can be casually popped into a pot. Voila! Instant appeal. Read more
  4. Where can I go today? Here's 12 garden suggestions

     

    Visit a garden in August. That's where you can go today!

    Where can you go today? Did you know that 2016 is Visit England’s Year of the English Garden? August is in full swing and there’s a garden open every day of the week. Come rain or shine, there’s always something to see. From gardens that swing open their gates as part of the ever popular National Gardens Scheme (NGS), through to charity event openings. Then of course there's the RHS, historic houses and National Trust gardens too. Having a day out has never been such fun! Here's some suggestions for places you can go today, tomorrow and for the rest of the summer! Read more
  5. An apple tree for every garden. Which apple is right for you?

    Choosing an apple tree for the garden

    You might hope that summer will last forever now that August is in full swing. But as none of us in the real world have a 'time-turning machine', it's unlikely that it will do so. So this is a great moment for you to get excited about having fruit trees such as apples in the garden. Apple trees for the garden are readily available and very easy to organise. In fact, growing fruit on trees is really very rewarding! Read more