1. 12 simple ideas -How to improve your summer garden

    Summer! With it comes the desire to make the most of the garden during all those long, pleasurable daylight hours. Whatever the weather, there is no getting away from the fact that this magical month plays host to the longest day on 21st of the month, which can be viewed as the start of summer time. What's not to love about balmy light evenings, fresh, colourful perennials, lush lawns and apples forming on the fruit trees?

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  2. 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 every year in May. 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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  3. 7 plants to make a rainbow garden in August and September

    7 Rainbow plants for a glowing late summer garden

    Perhaps, by now, you are assuming that the best part of summer is over. But in fact, sometimes September brings the very best weather, coupled with interesting light. The brightness of hot sunny days in mid-summer makes gardens appear to be ‘washed out’ because the sun is so high and light travels through the shortest possible path through the atmosphere.  Late summer, however, is often a real feast for the eyes. Read more
  4. Looking good in summer: 10 hot perennial plants that are drought-tolerant

    Is it fun in the hot sun?

    Is the hot summer all but a dream or will there be more good weather to come? Who knows, in this green and pleasant land, if and when sunshine and warmth will be with us. For most of us, a hot spell is a blessing. But if you were on the continent earlier in the month you would have experienced heatwave Lucifer. It has seen temperatures soar to over 40 degrees C. and caused havoc, including wild fires, drought and even death. The affected countries included Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Croatia, which were all issued with the highest grade ‘red’ warning from European weather hub Meteoalarm.

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  5. Deliciously tempting: 10 unusual edible plants to try growing at home

    Grow your own unusual edible plants

    grow your own, grow, vegetables, fruit, garden, allotment, soil, eat, produce, gardening, Grow your own edible plants! But why stop at the predictable produce when you can grow unusual fruit and vegetables too? The ‘grow your own’ habit is growing! Around one in three people are now thought to grow some sort of edible plants, from simple windowsill herbs through to full ’10-pole’ allotment produce. It seems that people love being able to control which fertilisers and chemicals, or lack of them, go into the food they eat. The desire to eat organic food seems to be an expanding one as more and more people are realising that ‘we are what we eat’. Read more
  6. Lavender, lavender everywhere, and even a drop to drink!

    What are those  Lavender fields forever, and how do we use this herb?

    Lavender is considered by most of us to be a quintessentially English sub-shrub, that we love to see and smell.  But did you know that Lavandula is actually a Mediterranean plant that was brought over to Britain by the Romans? This was hailed as a great healing plant because it possesses antiseptic qualities. In fact it was used to make a washing fluid which kept clothes smelling fresh during Roman times. Indeed ‘lavare’ means ‘to wash’ in Latin. Read more
  7. 15 plants that will help to repel bugs in your garden

    Bugged by bugs in your garden? Here’s 15 plants that can keep biting insects at bay.

    The summer, for all its joy and wonder, can pack a bit of a bite when it comes to insects. Even if you don’t live in the wilds of Bonnie Scotland, there are plenty of flying perils – especially around the time of evening barbecues. Most of us are a bit wary of applying chemicals to body or garden in order to keep bugs at bay. But there are other ways of fending off the mosquitoes, midges and other creatures that like to snack on human flesh! Read more
  8. Create a garden you want to sit in

    Sit and stay! How to train a human to enjoy their garden

    garden, seating, sit, sitting, relaxing, furniture, chair, seat, outdoors, summer, enjoy, This dog is quite good at sitting. But are you? Find it difficult to sit down? Gardeners and garden-lovers generally share this tricky trait. They love their gardens so much that they just have to keep adjusting them.  No sooner has bottom touched seat that they are up and off to deadhead the roses; to fix a broken stem and to pluck out a weed. STOP!   Read more
  9. Cut flowers for the home, here's 10 of the best

     

    Enhance your home with cut flowers

    Cut flowers can enhance the home in an instant. The interiors of the smallest bedsit through to the largest mansion house are all lifted and improved by adding a few cut flowers. Flowers from the petrol filling station are better than nothing, but should, perhaps be viewed as a last resort. There’s far better effect to be gained by simply picking a few seemingly random bits from the garden or even the verge or hedgerow. Taking care, of course, not to take flowers that have been deliberately grown by others unless they have given permission. These cut flowers and even ‘weeds’ can be casually popped into a pot. Voila! Instant appeal. Read more
  10. Where can I go today? Here's 12 garden suggestions

     

    Visit a garden in August. That's where you can go today!

    Where can you go today? Did you know that 2016 is Visit England’s Year of the English Garden? August is in full swing and there’s a garden open every day of the week. Come rain or shine, there’s always something to see. From gardens that swing open their gates as part of the ever popular National Gardens Scheme (NGS), through to charity event openings. Then of course there's the RHS, historic houses and National Trust gardens too. Having a day out has never been such fun! Here's some suggestions for places you can go today, tomorrow and for the rest of the summer! Read more
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