1. Feeling fruity. There's a fruit tree for every garden, even the smallest space.

    Which fruit tree for a small garden?

    Did you know that you can have a fruit tree in your garden, whatever the size of your outdoor space? Even a courtyard; a roof garden or a balcony can house a patio fruit tree or bush in a pot. The secret is all about selecting an appropriate variety; positioning; feeding and pruning. What you need is a combination of low-maintenance, compact growth, good health (of the plant, although let’s hope you’ve got that too) and self-fertilising properties. Read more
  2. 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
  3. Will you suffer a summer flowering garden gap and drought?

    Six garden pleasures to enjoy and drought problems to avoid this spring and summer

    From May through to at least September we can bask in the hope and even the reality that the garden is ready to be enjoyed. The suggestion of a drought feels like a welcome change after the chilly start to the spring! Evenings, weekends and daytime too. This is the time of year that anything seems possible. Dining outdoors; swinging in a hammock; entertaining friends; barbecues; garden games; and relaxing. Take some time out to sit in the sun when it appears, then save your gardening tasks for the cloudier times when you’ll be glad of the shade. Read more
  4. Top Ten herbs you should never be without. How to grow your own.

    10 herbs to grow for health this summer, don't delay!

    Herbs make your cooking come alive. These flavoursome plants are invaluable in the kitchen – so why not grow your own? There’s a herb for almost every occasion you can think of, from the spiciest dish to the most delicate of cakes. Herbs and spices are good for you. And it’s well known that the dried goods on most supermarket shelves have been sitting there for a long time - their nutritional value has therefore been depleted. Read more
  5. Six effects of colour. How does it make you feel?

    Colour can actually change your mood. Here's six effects you might notice.

    Who would have thought that colour could change the way we think and feel? Why should we even want to bring colour into our lives? Did you know that we have a natural, subliminal reaction to the colours that we see? Colour is all part of a visual language that is processed without consciousness. It can create a mood without anyone being aware of it. Here are six reactions to different colours and colour combinations - providing reasons to become ‘colour smart’ this spring. Read more
  6. Time for contemplation...resurrect your garden this Easter

    Eight garden thoughts to contemplate as Easter approaches

    It’s almost Easter! A mellow holiday weekend during which time you might want to contemplate the shape of things to come in your garden. This is the start of the outdoor season and it's a great time to organise your space. Does your garden need a makeover? In the same way that new beginnings commence at Easter, you can breathe new life and ideas into your garden. Egg, Easter, spring, chick, garden, design, outdoors, plants New beginnings: Easter is a time for fresh ideas and it's the start of the outdoor season. Read more
  7. Blooming sensations in winter. Are the flowers early?

    What’s blooming in your garden?

    There’s no doubt that winter in the south east has been mild up until now. Like it or loathe it, there’s not a lot that we can do to control the weather. But what effect does this have on your garden? There have been many reports of early blooms appearing in the damp but warm air. Many attribute their welcome but unexpected delight to the effects of climate change. In fact in some places it is estimated that flowers are out six months early! Some roses, for example haven’t stopped blooming since last summer. Read more
  8. Christmas Trees: keep them sparkling!

    Ode to the Christmas Tree. 

    There’s nothing quite like a real tree for the ultimate Christmas atmosphere. The sight; the scent; the effect. Real trees seem to cast better shadows; they hold the lights and decorations with rather more individual charm; they fill the house with aroma and they arouse the senses. But which variety might you buy; how should you look after it; and what about the dangers? Read more
  9. Plants on Acid. The 'high' that's entirely legal

    Garden plants on acid, and it's all legal!

    Some plants just love to take a trip on acid. And this is not something that attracts disapproval. In fact there are whole families of plants that are on a permanent ‘high’, because that is exactly where they originate from. Rhododendrons, for example, like to live on steep slopes that lead down into valleys in the Himalayas and south eastern Tibet. Read more
  10. 10 good reasons to surround yourself with houseplants!

    10 Reasons why YOU need House Plants

    It’s official! Surrounding yourself with house plants and office plants can enhance your health and your life. And it’s not just about aesthetics. Plants looks beautiful and they have calming properties that help to combat stress. They also help people stay healthy. We all know that plants give out oxygen, but actually they do far more than this. The foliage of plants absorbs gases through pores.  Yes, this includes carbon dioxide which fuels photosynthesis but it also includes many other gases including many different volatile organic compounds. Read more
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