1. Six tricky house plants and how to prevent them from dying!

    House plants - are yours dying to join the trend? 

    Everyone is loving house plants at present. But some of them will give up on life and turn up their toes with relative ease. Others can live just about anywhere, with the minimum amount of care. So why bother with the tricky set? It’s all about shape; structure; size; beauty. And that most elusive quality: extraordinary desirability. How can you not only stop your desirable and trendy house plants from dying, but help them to thrive?

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  2. Six of nature's berry best baubles to brighten up the winter

    Christmas is about to take centre stage andit'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.

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  3. 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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  4. Love is in the air, here's seven LIVING Valentine's Day gift ideas

    February brings hope, happiness and maybe love for Valentine's Day 

    Valentines, living gift, hoya, gifts for Valentine's Day, Valentines presents, pot plant, There's no mistaking the heart-shaped message offered by these Valentines Hoya plants. February signals the month of hope for several reasons. Valentine's Day is just one of them. It has become apparent that January wasn’t the easiest month to bear for many people who suffered from ill health and a certain amount of gloom caused by dull weather and grey skies. Aussie ‘flu and other ‘flu-like viruses hit the UK hard last month, with a rate of hospitalisation at around 4,000 per week at its peak. The symptoms of Aussie ‘flu are similar to normal ‘flu – i.e. headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea, blocked noses and sore throats - but they tend to last longer and are more severe. The illness can also lead to pneumonia. It is now hoped that the worst might be over, and the launch into a brand new, and very short, month is one to celebrate! Read more
  5. How to avoid man flu - the perfect Christmas present for a bloke!

    Does Santa suffer from man flu?  Probably not, we understand he loves flues and spends one night of the year sliding down them.

    Do you  know a  Neanderthal man (or perhaps you are one?) If so, he (or you) will probably suffer from man flu from time to time. So what can we do about it, and, more to the point, is it real?

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  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Growing love on Valentine's Day with a living plant gift

    The dating game - it's Valentine's Day!

    With one month of the year having passed and all but a memory, are you ready for the rest? It seems that from February onwards there’s a gradual but steady feeling of momentum which builds to a triumphant climax marked by the burst of spring blossom. The entire process commences on 14 February and this date is known to many as Valentine’s Day. Read more