1. Hurrah for Hellebores, six reasons to want some of these winter wonders

    The Hellebore season is almost here. At the dawn of the new year, these sturdy perennials begin to shine. Despite their fragile appearance, they can withstand just about anything that nature brings. Snow, ice, rain, they just don't really care. What will damage them is too much direct sunlight (hardly likely in January). Position them in shady places so they are protected during the hotter parts of the year. They also won't enjoy sitting in a permanent bog. But apart from that, they are dynamite!

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  2. Time to make new year's resolutions: make them achievable

    Happy new year:  make your life healthy

    One of the problems of winter is that it’s more difficult to spend time outdoors. The daylight hours are short, nights are long, and work often gets in the way of opening the door onto the big wide world. It’s not surprising that people suffer from colds, depression and general malaise during this time of year. So, how can you get the new year off to a great start? Read more
  3. 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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  4. Why choose a crab apple tree for your garden?

    Here's six reasons why a crab apple could be the tree for you!

    If you have the desire to plant a tree in your garden, and, let’s face it, there’s are fewer more rewarding tasks, why should you consider the humble crab apple? The retort is “why not?”. There are so many benefits to this tree that it soon becomes obvious: you’ve just got to have one!

    Here's six wonderful features of a tree that's so easy to please:

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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Berried treasure: Five shrubs you shouldn't be without

    Bright and beautiful berries, five of the best for October

    Berries are just one of the 'berry' best features of the time of year.  Don't miss the spectacle that these bring in autumn. They are not only a feast for the birds but for the eyes too. In fact, rather than lamenting the passing of warmer times we really do need to appreciate what's out there before the little beaks nick all the glorious sights of the season! Which are the very best berries to enjoy right now? Read more
  8. Why you should be scared in October

    Scared to enter the season of spirits? Here's how to cope with the dark forces that are coming.

    Halloween is coming. But what does it all mean? It's all part of the dark season in which witches, ghosts and flickering lights are upon us! The gloomy evenings are already a-glow with signs that there’s something spooky about to happen and feeling scpooked is all part of the entertainment. Read more
  9. Cool Heuchera plants for a shady site: bright and beautiful in autumn and winter.

    Bright and beautiful Heucheras set shady spaces alight in all seasons

    Do you have spaces in your garden that are a problem when it comes to planting? Many of these might involve shade - particularly dry shade under trees. This is great! Every negative can be turned into a supreme positive if you look for it and this is where HEUCHERA take centre stage. The rosette-forming foliage plants are as bright and beautiful as any shrub or perennial with flowers. What's more, they can perform all year round too, making them a magnificent choice for so many sites. Heuchera can set your garden on fire if you let them.
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  10. The light bulb moment: complete this garden task within the next two weeks!

    Don't let the light bulbs effect pass you by. Here's your Eureka moment to help stave off depression. 

    Why is this particular week said to be one of the busiest of the gardening year? It’s all about bulbs! Now that autumn has officially arrived, (it's the equinox on Friday 22 September) you can plant your little spheres of energy and be not only comforted, but positively enthused because you are planting the concept of JOY! This might not seem such a big deal but you will be amazed at the difference it makes to your inner soul, particularly if you suffer from depression. Which, incidentally, affects around one in six people at any given time. Read more