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  • Does good luck exist, and which house plants might give it a boost?

    Lucky or not?

    Is there such thing as being lucky? Does bad luck come in threes? If you break a mirror, do you expect seven years of negative happenings? What about that black cat that crossed your path yesterday? Do you walk around ladders rather than under them, avoid the number 13, take care to hang a horseshoe so that the luck doesn’t run out of the opening and expect a portion of doom if you knock over the salt pot? If you come from Japan, you might believe that number four and nine are unlucky. In Italy, the number 17 is highly undesirable. On the Isle of Man, you could be in for some trouble if you mention rats rather than ‘longtails’. And woe betide you if you utter the word (whisper) Macbeth whilst inside a theatre.

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  • 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? Continue reading

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, can you grow them here in the UK?

    A zest for citrus fruit, how easily do oranges, lemons and limes grow in the UK? 

    Who would have thought that oranges, lemons and other citrus plants would grow so well in the UK? There’s something amazing about the sight of fresh, vibrant fruits growing boldly on even small sized plants. Grapefruits, particularly, are a sight to behold, weighing down small branches with seemingly ridiculous comedy.
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  • Plants to suit your zodiac star sign. Which one are you?

    Zodiac plants - choose the right plant for your astrological star sign!

    Have you ever thought about how your star sign might be represented by a plant? Many people believe that the signs of the zodiac have a direct influence on the personality of those who are born under certain stars. Choose your plant to fit your personality and bring harmony into your life! Here are some suggestions from Perfect Plants:
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  • We are all in love with cacti! What's going on in the world of prickly beasts

    Why are cactus plants so popular?

    Never, before now, has there been such a strong following of all things ugly, prickly, statuesque and, well, weird, in terms of house plants. It seems that we just can’t get enough of cacti. Why? You can’t stroke or hug them without a little fear; you would be wise not to brush against them; they can poke you in the eye and leave little prickles in your fingers. They come in blobs; towering spires; squat, dumpy mounds; neat little droplets; grotesque, monster shapes and more.
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  • Why palm trees can help us to feel good in the UK

    Palm trees are good for the health, and boost the spirits too. Here's 4 hardy palms for UK gardens and 3 excellent palms for indoors.

    Why are people pleased by the pleasures of palms? These iconic plants signify hot weather, holidays, gentle breezes and relaxation. There’s something about palm trees that needs a blue sky and yellow sun to make them look comfortable. Here in the UK there are many people who give palms some garden space, presumably in the hope that they might create some sort of tropical paradise. Some of these plants fail miserably to achieve much growth. Others die during their first tough winter. A few, however, are hardy and can grow into sizeable trees. Given the right environment, underplanting and setting, these palms can create an impressive impact, even in the depths of winter.
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