1. 10 reasons to love cactus and succulent plants

    Cacti and succulents - here's 10 reasons to follow the prickly trend.

    Is spring  all about outdoor flowers? There are tulips, Forsythia, Magnolia, wallflowers, bluebells and many more colourful beauties. These all herald the fresh new growing season and set the outdoors ablaze with bling. But in fact, indoor plants are equally amazing once you start to notice the detail. Spring is also the season for cactus and succulent flowering too. Many people love these weirdly wonderful house plants which now have a strong and increasing following. It is actually fascinating to tune into their highly distinctive appeal. cactus, cacti, flowers, spring, prickly, succulents, desert, It's cactus flowering time! Look closely and you will be amazed. Read more
  2. Six fantastic ferns for the home. House plants extraordinaire!

    Six fantastic ferns for the home

    Ferns comes in all sorts of forms, from frilly and airy to glossy and structural. There’s a wide variety of ferns highly suitable for use as house plants. What’s more, these are excellent plants for filtering the air – being highly effective at removing toxins from the home and office.

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  3. 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
  4. Keeping on trend during 2017. Six ways to help the environment in which we live.

    Six reasons why we should all do our bit for the environment

    It’s no longer a new idea to each do our own bit for the environment. There are few people who don’t recognise the importance of safeguarding all the wonderful things that exist on the planet Earth. Climate change might not be a trendy term but it does encompass a lot of the thoughts behind energy-saving, water preservation, wildlife protection and flood prevention, not to mention recycling, tree-protection and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. There will always be sceptics but most people can recognise common sense when it is on display. Read more
  5. The 3 most popular festive plants bringing Christmas cheer

    How to care for festive plants received as Christmas gifts.

    The countdown has begun and there are just five days to go before Christmas day has arrived. All this fuss and preparation just for one day! But what lasts much longer are your festive plants which you might be lucky enough to receive. The three most popular plants at Christmas are: Read more
  6. Which plants can help allergies and therefore make perfect gifts?

    Know someone who suffers from allergies? Maybe a house plant could make a perfect gift. Not only because it can aid good health but also it looks beautiful too. Today we are looking at plants that could help the growing number of people who are suffering, not just during the spring and summer season, but every day of their lives.

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  7. What is Feng Shui and how do we use it in our homes and gardens?

    What is Feng Shui and how does it affect us?

    The mystery of feng shui is easily unravelled once you peel back the layers of language and ideas. What is feng shui? And how does a feng shui novice use it in their home and garden? The concept is simple and can be reduced to the basic feeling of being comfortable within a space. You have probably noticed how your surroundings can make you react. For example, most of us have a preference when it comes to choosing a table at which to sit within a café.  We like to have a view of our surroundings and to have easy access. The same principles can be applied to a home. Read more
  8. Jungle fever shows no sign of slowing down. The trend for house plants gathers momentum

    There’s no doubt about it, jungle fever is spreading like a delightfully twining virus. The interior design trend for the urban jungle-look has taken a firm hold and it shows no sign of wilting.  The jungle theme, so it seems, is here to stay. In fact, as we move through the seasons from summer into winter, people tend to strengthen the desire for tropical-style rooms They are achieved with the use of exotic vegetation, living walls, horticulture-themed fabrics, splashes of colour and wallpapers. It appears that as we close doors on the cold outdoors when winter approaches, we try to recreate the sensation of warmth by creating a weird and wonderful tropical jungle indoors.

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  9. Harmful chemicals in the home

    DID YOU KNOW that coal miners’ canaries were made redundant as recently as 1986? These chirpy creatures were replaced by electronic detectors which are able to warn of harmful gases down in the coal mines. Canaries are excellent indicators of chemicals in the air and their distress alerted coal miners to the presence of harmful gases.

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  10. Christmas trees and living gifts for a gardener's delight.

    Gardening and Christmas: a marriage made in heaven!

    Where would we be without the humble Christmas tree? You don’t need to be a gardener or even a garden-lover to be able to appreciate the sight of a twinkling, festive tree. It’s one of the symbols of Christmas that most of us love to see.  But why a tree at Christmas? Read more
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