1. A living gift of love for someone special on a birthday or Valentine’s Day

    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?

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

    Winter can be a tricky time for those suffering from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, but there are steps you can take to help. It's quite a common health problem and it's important to appreciate that there are some fairly simple remedies that might help. Working through the low feeling and arriving at a more enjoyable place is definitely worth the journey. The first few months of the year offer the perfect time to contemplate new beginnings and a fresh approach to life…

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  3. A tale about Twitter, tweets and wild birds

    Twitter, Tweets and wild birds in your garden. Is there a connection?

    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. This bald eagle (below) would be a wonderful sight to see in the wild!

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  4. 10 favourite plants for home and garden. Top of the Pots

    10 favourite plants! So difficult to select just 10, but we can reveal which plants have been the most popular during the year. Giving a gift that grows is a great way to keep a friendship fresh!. 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’ plants for the home and for the garden too. 

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

    Darkness has descended; winter is here.  Burying your head in the sand won't help. Your funds will shortly seep away like rainwater into a freshly-dug ditch. But this is a guide to help you start the ball rolling. A garden-lover's kick-start - how to enjoy the festive season starts here:

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  6. Make the most of vibrant colour in the autumn garden

    In autumn, many things in the garden can be tidied away, cut back and neatened. Or can they - does thismean it's all over for the year? Do we need to see bare soil and pruned back stems?

    A few decades ago, this was the aspiration but now it's just not the thing to do. Garden minibeasts and birds love to scratch around and feast upon the stems and seeds that autumn brings. There's so much happening outdoors in October and beyond. It would be a shame to miss it. There is sometimes even an Indian summer which can be one of the best times of year.  We Brits are often prepared to let the glory of autumn slip away without even a glance.

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  7. Here's 12 simple ideas for your summer garden

    12 ideas for June and the summer garden

    Glorious June! With it comes the desire to make the most of the garden during all those long, pleasurable daylight hours. Whatever the weather, there’s no getting away from the fact that this magical month plays host to the longest day on 21st of the month, which can be viewed as the start of summer time. What’s not to love about balmy light evenings, fresh, colourful perennials, lush lawns and apples forming on the fruit trees? Read more
  8. 7 sensational reasons to enjoy the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    7 sensational reasons to love the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public next week on 22 May, 2018.  This is possibly the world's most famous flower show and it will lead us wisely and soothingly towards the summer.  It's so easy to become enthused by all the ideas and perfection that’s on display. But don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the difference between your own plot and the photogenic masterpieces that you see on your TV. Or in the green, if you are lucky enough to visit in person. Read more
  9. Schlumbergera are super cool, Six reasons to love Christmas cacti

    Why Schlumbergera - Christmas cactus plants - are so cool!

    It’s the season to not only be merry but to welcome evergreens into your home. Why? Because they symbolise life! The isles of supermarkets everywhere are crammed with festive products including Christmas house plants, bulbs and growing kits. It’s good to remember that outdoor things continue to not only survive but some are peaking with a brilliance that isn’t obvious at other times of the year.

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  10. Christmas gifts for plant and garden lovers!

    Oodles of Christmas gifts for your plant and garden-loving friends

    There’s no getting away from it, Christmas is coming and you really need to go shopping. This task is now a lot simpler than it used to be because most of us can do it from the comfort of home. Garden-lovers are spoilt for choice  as the season revolves around the topic of new life. It's all about re-birth during days of darkness. There are better things to come and it's a celebration of greenery when skies are grey. In other words,  there are so many gift opportunities for those who love nature and the outdoor world that it makes Xmas shopping a breeze. Read more
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