1. Six ways to keep cool! Enjoy the garden in hot weather this July & August.

     

    Feeling hot in the garden?

    Are you feeling hot? There's been quite a bit of heat lately. Perhaps you have realised that your garden has been planned to catch as much sun as possible. Shade seems unnecessary when the skies are generally grey.  It’s not until the hot weather hits that we appreciate the value of cool, shady seats. They benefit from being situated in a part of the garden that is protected from sun. Read more
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Six Garden Tasks for August. Time to relax... or is it? Summer in the garden

    Tra-la-lah, it's August! You might be spending time this month away on a holiday beach. But if you are a garden-lover, the chances are that you will want to enjoy relaxing in your own special outdoor space. After all, this is the month in which you have the best opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours. August is all about r&r. Isn't it? What could possibly go wrong?

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  6. Turn into a succulent for the summer. A colour theory

    Are you a chameleon or a succulent? A colour theory for summer.

      Crassula Magic Sunset houseplant Succulent houseplants. Why should we mimic them? At a time of year when it’s all about colour: think of blue skies; yellow and golden sunshine (we hope); colourful flowers; green grass and bright clothes, we tend to mimic what's going on outside by donning colour-coordinated clothes.  Read more
  7. Prolonging late summer colour

    Do you have lots of late summer colour? If there are gaps in your garden as summer wafts onwards towards autumn, never fear! You are not alone - in fact the latter part of the season is often referred to as ‘dire’ for flowers because of spent flowerheads, dryness and bright light. But this flowering vacuum can easily be filled - there are many stalwarts that bring a touch of magic to borders. What’s more, many of them will reappear year after year to ensure you have colour throughout the whole of summer. Here's a guide to help you prolong the beauty into late summer and even autumn:

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