1. Why you should make the most of an Indian summer

    We know the phrase and we always hope that the autumn season will bring one. But what on earth is an Indian summer and why do people crave to get one? Firstly, there's all that beautiful light that results from autumn sunshine. It creatures wonderful colours as well as warmth. ‍But where did the expression originate?

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  2. Climbing plants for Walls and Fences

    Do climbing plants damage vertical walls and fences?

    As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gradually fades into memory, most garden lovers are experiencing an emotional high. The boost of enthusiasm generated by what might be the greatest flower show on earth will remain long after the gardens have been dismantled and hopefully re-homed. So, now's the time to act in order to make hopes and dreams turn into reality. Early summer is just about here, and glorious gardens await your attention!

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  3. Five best herbs and vegetables for the kitchen garden

    Ready, steady, grow your own when the major growing season arrives each spring. When the danger of frost has passed, there's no time to waste down on the vegetable plot and the sooner you start growing, the faster your crops will be making their way to the kitchen table. Are you a newbie to kitchen garden vegetable growing?

    Here's our selection of five easy crops that can be sown and grown now.

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  4. 7 ideas to brighten up the November garden - and your life!

    7 ways to set November alight as the clocks go back!

    November brings its own share of challenges to the garden-lover. You might have to arouse your passion in order to overcome dreary surroundings. Drizzle, mist, frost and dark hours at both ends of the day contrive to banish garden activity to memory – apart from weekends and non-working days of course. Here's seven ideas to brighten up your life at this time of year! Read more
  5. 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. Read more
  6. 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
  7. Will you suffer a summer flowering garden gap and drought?

    Six garden pleasures to enjoy and drought problems to avoid this spring and summer

    From May through to at least September we can bask in the hope and even the reality that the garden is ready to be enjoyed. The suggestion of a drought feels like a welcome change after the chilly start to the spring! Evenings, weekends and daytime too. This is the time of year that anything seems possible. Dining outdoors; swinging in a hammock; entertaining friends; barbecues; garden games; and relaxing. Take some time out to sit in the sun when it appears, then save your gardening tasks for the cloudier times when you’ll be glad of the shade. Read more
  8. Six effects of colour. How does it make you feel?

    Colour can actually change your mood. Here's six effects you might notice.

    Who would have thought that colour could change the way we think and feel? Why should we even want to bring colour into our lives? Did you know that we have a natural, subliminal reaction to the colours that we see? Colour is all part of a visual language that is processed without consciousness. It can create a mood without anyone being aware of it. Here are six reactions to different colours and colour combinations - providing reasons to become ‘colour smart’ this spring. Read more
  9. 10 trees with great appeal for small to medium gardens

    These small trees are blooming marvellous in spring

    We all know about March winds and the fact that we still have the occasional frost or even snow at this time of year. But March is a month of variables and it can be warm enough to sit out on a deckchair, should you have such a thing. Most flowering plants in early spring keep low to the ground. They hug the banks and woodland edge, or keep their small heads slightly bowed in order to thrive.  But the show is all set to begin. There are so many plants that are about to burst into glory. The spectacle that generally launches everyone’s hearts and hopes is the blossom that adorns bare dark branches of ornamental trees, propelling the growing season to a pinnacle. Read more
  10. CELEBRATE the Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year is coming... prepare to wear RED and celebrate on Monday, Feb 8th.

    The New Year is approaching! And even if you have only just sobered up after the most recent New Year celebrations, this Chinese version needs a bit more of your attention. But what exactly does it mean? Read more
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