1. Six spooky plants for the Halloween season

    So what’s our obsession with Halloween? To state the obvious, it features witches, pumpkins, fangs, lanterns, sweets, pranks and great excitement amongst small people. Basically, it’s a good excuse for a jolly. Dress up on a dark evening, have fun with a bunch of mates and overdose on sugary treats. Hopefully, all supervised by a responsible adult or two. Get into the spooky spirit with some scary plants...

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  2. How can you enjoy gardening all year round? Top trends for autumn and winter

    Gardening as an industry is in constant motion. Contrary to popular belief, enthusiasm rarely slows. Instead, we adaptable humans simply plan according to the times. As we enter autumn, there are as many gardening trends as there are in May. So what’s new for the near future?

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  3. Are you a summer or winter person? Tips to help you cope with your 'off' season

    Summer in the garden. What could be better… winter, perhaps?

    The long days of summer bring a relaxed air of warmth that settles over homes like a drift of the most delicate silk organza. Outdoor life is woven into daily routine, charming all but the most ardent winter-type of personality. Is there such a thing? Indeed there is – in fact a surprisingly high number of people prefer the colder seasons. Love the brightness of summer? Some people can't bear it.

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  4. Tips for happiness, how you can recover from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    Suffering from SAD? Here's a Christmas survival guide to help you through the festive season.

    Are you longing for the moment when you can put away your Christmas decorations; find homes for the gifts; eat the last of the festive food and simply get on with life in a brand-new year? This can be a tricky time for those suffering from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, but you can get through it! We would like to help you deal with this very common winter problem, as working through the low feeling and arriving at a more enjoyable place is definitely worth the journey.  This is the perfect time to contemplate new beginnings and a fresh approach to life…

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  5. Six of nature's berry best baubles to brighten up the winter

    Christmas is about to take centre stage andit's good for the soul to rejoice in positive sights, sounds and celebrations. So let's not forget those that are taking place all around, unaided by LEDs. Nature has its own #festivedisplay which doesn’t need to cycle through various flashy patterns in order to impress. What’s more, berried bushes are for life, not just for Christmas. There are many wild creatures that depend upon the feast during deepest, darkest December.

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  6. A recipe for success as we enter the gentle downhill slope into Christmas

    Darkness has descended; winter is here.  Burying your head in the sand won't help. Your funds will shortly seep away like rainwater into a freshly-dug ditch. But this is a guide to help you start the ball rolling. A garden-lover's kick-start - how to enjoy the festive season starts here:

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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Join in and rejoice

    RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: Five reasons to participate

    If there’s one huge advantage of the winter season in the garden, it’s birds! It’s such a great time to see these feathery friends without too much undergrowth or cover obstructing the view. Attract birds to your garden by leaving out some food and water and you’ll be amazed just how quickly they flock to your patch. There’s no better season to start feeding birds, just in time to participate in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place from 28-30 January. Start feeding now to ensure you have a regular flow of visitors before you need to record them. Read more
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