1. Winter: How to make your life healthier and happier

    Does your heart plummet when you think about winter? One of the problems of the season 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 improve your winter?

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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The 3 most popular festive plants bringing Christmas cheer

    How to care for festive plants received as Christmas gifts.

    The countdown has begun and there are just five days to go before Christmas day has arrived. All this fuss and preparation just for one day! But what lasts much longer are your festive plants which you might be lucky enough to receive. The three most popular plants at Christmas are: Read more
  5. 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. Should you buy a fake or real Christmas tree?

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  6. Festive foliage for free! Gather your own Christmas wreaths and swags

    All things bright and beautiful. Free festive foliage decorations

    It’s just about time to deck the halls because the month of December is less than a week away. You will need to put 'decorations' near the top of the 'to do list'!  It is, of course, very easy to purchase ready-made door wreaths, rings and swags but you might be missing out on some fun! Stepping out to gather festive foliage really gets you in the mood for Christmas and it need not take as long as you might think.  There are dozens of plants that you can use for making Christmas decorations. In fact the gardens and hedgerows are teaming with twigs, leaves and berries that can all make Christmas bright and beautiful. You can harvest for free this festive season! Read more
  7. Christmas gifts for gardeners and garden lovers!

    Christmas gifts to make gardeners happy!

    Need to buy Christmas gifts for gardeners? These people are surely the easiest folk to please during the festive season. Why? Because they generally love anything planty. What’s more, they appreciate tools; outdoor clothing; soothing hand creams, books about gardens, wooden things and natural products… and much more. A love of gardens opens up a whole world of possibility when it comes to gifts. Read more
  8. Ten trees suitable for small gardens. It's time to plant!

    A tree for every garden. 10 small trees

    It’s almost November and the perfect time for planting trees and shrubs. Even those with small gardens can find plenty of choice, in fact there’s a tree to fit just about every space imaginable. Of course it’s important to choose a tree that’s going to offer you lots of positive benefits. If you are worried about size and structural problems such as subsidence, you will need to ensure that your tree doesn't have invasive roots.  Select a suitable variety and you need not be concerned about cracking foundations or wobbly patios. You'll want some sort of seasonal interest, perhaps flowers, fruit or leaf colour. it's all about choosing the right tree. Here’s 10 trees which are suitable for small gardens: Read more
  9. Six of the best plants for winter

    Six of the best winter bedding beauties!

    The autumnal feel to the weather sends many of us scurrying indoors, but this is a great time to get outside and plant some winter bedding. It will uplift the spirits throughout the darker seasons. Now there's an investment! Here's five of the best plants for pots, containers and even borders. Make sure you see them from your windows and en route to your door. They will uplift the spirits and keep you interested in the garden right through until spring. Read more
  10. 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? Read more
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