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  • Here come the top 10 perennials!

    How could you not be excited by April and May in the garden...

    when the earth beneath your feet is erupting into a growing frenzy? The most thrilling thing about this time of year is the fact that the potential of what’s happening has yet to be discovered. Even if your plants are those that were there last year, nature always throws up a few surprises. Then there are the variations that occur because of the weather and growing conditions, meaning that no two years are exactly the same. Continue reading

  • 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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  • Garden magic: how to make a small garden feel great

    Think big and work some magic in a small garden

    You might think that garden lovers would want a big garden in which to indulge their passion. But sometimes small is not only beautiful, but better. Why? Because a small garden can be designed in a way that brings exactly what’s wanted, without breaking the bank. It can also be micro-managed and maintained more easily, thus bringing the ultimate in satisfaction.
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  • Plants that can cope with extremes of weather

    Living on the edge: trees and shrubs to suit extremes of weather

    The warm summer weather hasn’t been easy for plants. They have made it perfectly clear that they are suffering. It takes only a little imagination to hear them calling for water as they reach out with wilting foliage fingers. Many have collapsed before the kind man with the watering can has noticed.

    annuals, plants, flowers, containers, pots, watering, drought, wheelbarrow, robertsbridge, garden, gardening, hosepipe, perfectplants.co.uk, The annual flowers placed lovingly into wheelbarrows outside a railway station look gorgeous, but they are rather labour-intensive to maintain during hot weather.

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  • Keep cool in the garden and seek out the shade

    Head for the shade during sizzling summer days

    There are many ways to try keeping cool during hot, dry and sunny weather. Some are obvious and others, less so. Garden umbrellas are probably the first line of defence. Put up several before the sun rises, and not only will the shade provide a mini-refuge, but the air flow around the umbrella will create a little breeze too. You don’t need a fancy stand, some garden parasols, such as the Eazy Shade from Cave Innovations, come with multi-function clips and clamps so that they can attach to chairs and tables.

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  • It's high pollen count time, what can you do about hay fever and allergies?

    Do you suffer from allergies such as hay fever or asthma?

    You can’t hide from seasonal pollen. It’s a plant’s method of fertilisation and without it, many will die out. Around one fifth of the UK population has some sort of allergy or intolerance and a reaction to pollen is one of the most common problems. Hay fever; as many sufferers know, is more than just an irritation. It can cause numerous debilitating effects including sneezing, blocked nose, watery eyes, lethargy, headaches, sore throat, coughing and even asthma. There's no doubt that allergies pose a big problem for sufferers.
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  • 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.
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  • Why you should love having a small garden

    Gardening in small spaces brings huge pleasure

    A small space isn't the gardening disadvantage that you might think! There are so many people who are put off from buying properties with tiny gardens or courtyards. Let's face it, most average modern houses  are set in small plots. But even the most enthusiastic of gardeners can gain great benefits compared to those with big gardens. So why should a small garden NOT curb your affection for a home?
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  • Six jobs to do in the garden now that meteorological spring has arrived!

    March has come bowling in 'like a lion' and temperatures are well down into the minus figures. HOWEVER, as soon as the Beast from the East has abated, there's not a moment to spare. Here are six garden tasks to attend to as soon as possible -  because we all know that the month can end 'like a lamb' and soaring temperatures will result in a fantastic growth spurt  outdoors.

    storm emma, snow, winter, storm, temperature, cold weather, spring, meteorological spring, uk weather, winter weather, snow showers, The first day of spring! Air temperatures are well into the minus figures across the UK, with the advancement of Storm Emma making it feel like Siberia

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  • How to achieve kerb appeal in a front garden and lighten your mood

    Why your front garden might need some ‘kerb appeal’ and how to achieve it this winter

    Does your front garden have kerb appeal? What does the space in front of your property say about you? In fact, how often do you look at it, and does it really matter? The chances are that you concentrate on your back garden because it’s more private and you spend a greater amount of time in it. Front gardens are generally more for ‘show’ than for ‘play’, but they are places through which people walk all year round, whatever the weather.
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