Mar 24

Get Your Garden Ready to Grow: Spring Gardening Chores

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It’s Spring Already!

Spring Tree BlossomThere are different opinions about exactly when spring starts, meteorologists will tell you that the season begins on the first of March and runs through until the end of May. Astronomers will more likely mark the beginning of spring as the Vernal (meaning green) Equinox; the day when the sun crosses the equator on it’s annual shift towards the tropic of Cancer. This year that was on March twentieth, in London the exact time of the crossing was 20:45 pm. Gardeners will tell you that calendars really don’t matter that much, Spring is when the garden wakes up. (more…)

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Mar 17

Should You Have Plants in the Bedroom

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Modern bedroomIn case you didn’t know, ‘plants in the bedroom’ are the subject of some debateBiology buffs point out that while plants put out oxygen in the daytime, at night they produce carbon dioxide, so should be banished from bedrooms. Some Feng Shui experts argue that plants represent growth and vibrancy. This, they say, makes them incompatible with the calm and restful atmosphere you should aim for in your sleeping area.

We’re going to take a stand here and say that while both of these arguments are true, they’re not the whole truth. (more…)

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Mar 10

Smashing Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas: Bug and Bee Hotels as Garden Design Art

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Mother's DayYour mother will be delighted that you’ve remembered her special day and will appreciate any gift you bring. With a little thought, however, you can find a special present, something a little unusual that reflects her love of her garden. Flowers as a Mothering Sunday gift are certainly the traditional choice, but just as you wouldn’t bring a shop-made cake to a superb baker, sending flowers to a gardener can seem a little mundane. (more…)

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Mar 3

Fantastic Beekeeping Plants for Your Garden

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European Honey BeeThere is no doubt that bees are the biggest contributors to life. The tiny toilers work tirelessly in silence and never complain. Every third bite you take is thanks to the hard work of bees. They are the main plant pollinators, as we cleared it out in our previous post, and play a major role in the existence of melons, apples, onions, cucumbers, cocoa, coffee, etc. The list goes on and includes about two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables on the planet. Some of the exceptions are rice, corn, and wheat, which are self-pollinating plants.

“A work of arte; and yet no arte of man,
Can worke, this worke, these little creatures can”
Geoffrey Whitney, 1586 (more…)

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Feb 24

Why Are Bees in Decline?

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Honey Bees in the HiveWhy Bees Matter

Around one third of the food we eat depends on insect pollinators for its production. Not just bees, though they’re the busiest and best known. Butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many other insects work hard to feed us, mostly sight unseen, and some of these are in decline too.

Many of our native wild-flowers rely on bees for pollination and these plants in themselves support complex ecosystems. Taking away these flowers is really much like removing the foundations from your home, the whole thing collapses. (more…)

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Feb 17

Japanese Gardens—The Perfect Garden Design Idea

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Portland Japanese GardenLife in London can be vibrant and exciting but also chaotic, demanding and draining of your physical, mental and emotional energy. Look to the East for your inspiration and create a peaceful retreat, somewhere you’ll use for relaxation and to replenish yourself in body and soul. (more…)

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Feb 10

Valentine’s Day Handmade Flower Gifts Ideas

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Surprise your beloved one with a handmade Valentine’s thematic bouquet

Valentine's day ideas

Whether it is your sweetheart, mother, brother or even just friend, it is always great to show your affection with personalised, memorable and unique Valentine’s Day bouquets. Here are a few ideas on selecting that perfect bouquet for every important person in your life! Using the language of flowers you can say more than just ‘I love you’—choose the right bloom and your message is deeper than that: (more…)

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Feb 3

February Gardening

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FebruaryFebruary is a bit unpredictable, we might have snow on the ground, or we could get lucky and have spring like days. Whatever the weather, while you may have a little tidying up still to do from last year, a lot of this month’s gardening relate to the upcoming growing season. Here’s a round up of some important February tasks. (more…)

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Jan 27

How to Plant Paperwhites in a Vase Just Add Water!

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PaperwhitesYou may think of this pretty and fragrant narcissus as an outdoor spring bulb. You wouldn’t be wrong but you can also use them to create a fragrant and pretty display of indoor narcissus. It’s most common to force bulbs in autumn. to create a winter display at a time when the garden is dreary, but so long as you create the right conditions the technique will work year round. (more…)

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Jan 21

Six Air Purifying House Plants

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Red Gerber DaisyAs brought to you by NASA! You might not expect the North American Space Agency to be an expert on plants, but they did studies on how to keep air fresh and clean in space facilities. If it’s good enough for the space station, it’s good enough for us. What follows is not the NASA top 6 but our favourite choices amongst those they identified. (more…)

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