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  • 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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  • 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? Continue reading

  • 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.
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  • Six facts about Christmas trees and one word of warning!

    Why do we love Christmas trees? A potted history follows:

    There’s little time at Christmas to concentrate on the garden, but there is one gorgeous element of the natural world that plays an important part in all the festivities. It’s the Christmas tree and this forms a central point around which the celebrations are concentrated.
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  • Shapes in winter. Beauty, not a beast, awaits those who care to notice.

    There's nothing like a gloomy winter's day to make you aware of what looks cheerful and uplifting in the garden. If you want flowers, there's a limitation on the number and variety of what might be available right now. But let's take heart and look a little closer.
    What can you see outside? Above all else, it’s SHAPE that catches the eye. Those beautiful trees without leaves have the most appealing outline. Have you noticed how different they all are?
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  • 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. Continue reading

  • Winter Warmers!

    Warm your winter with some radiant plants!

    One of the things that we all need during winter is warmth. Most of us are fortunate to have centrally heated homes – or at least a heater of some sort around which to huddle when skies are grey. But warmth and cheer don’t always go together. There’s nothing visually soothing about a radiator.

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  • Let's shout out for shrubs!

    Six reasons to shower praise on shrubs

    Why should we be shouting out for shrubs? Let's look to nature to teach us. If you absorb the sights of the countryside you will see that it's the season for shrubs and trees. Impressive; stately; astonishing; colourful; architectural. They've got it all, whichever adjective you choose.   In fact, it's the shrubs and trees that make the UK into a historically green and pleasant land. Although now it is not only green but also orange, yellow, gold, amber, red, purple and green of course.
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  • 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.  Continue reading

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