Apr 21

We Answer the Eternal Question – What’s the Difference Between Violas and Pansies

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Viola three-colouredEven green thumbs think it’s an uphill battle to say which one is a pansy and which one is a viola. That’s what happens when people emphasize classifications rather than plants. Everything gets all complicated and confusing.

The mystery of the Violaceae family goes deep into even more enigmatic waters when you take into account the African violets – these stunning little beauties hail from the green fields of Africa (no Hemingway pun here, honest) and are totaly unrelated to the viola genus.

Being a lovely quiz question aside, we won’t throw you in the deep end and leave you wondering. So welcome to the murky world of violas and pansies. (more…)

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Apr 14

5 Easy to Find and Harvest Edible Wild Plants

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wild violetsThere are many great flavours which can be borrowed from the wild. The habit of using edible wild plants dates back thousands of years. Adding wild plants to your food can be a nice way to enhance it with new textures and colours—wild edibles are used in salads, as garnish for desserts or as decoration on starters, appetisers, cakes and many other dishes. Various edible wild flowers can be incorporated creatively into homemade lollipops, ice creams, gelatin desserts, floral syrups. Depending on the plant, the flavour palate can be richer and much more delicious. (more…)

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Apr 7

The Dreaded Embarrassing Garden Syndrome

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Fantastic GardenersWhat Happens When You ‘Leaf’ Your Garden Alone Over Winter?

Spring has (finally) sprung and all over the UK, would-be green-fingered Brits are dusting off their gardening tools and heading back outside to get their gardens looking shipshape for Summer. But what happens to British gardens after the long neglect of Winter? Is your garden looking worse for wear? Is your bush overgrown? If so, you could be suffering from Embarrassing Garden Syndrome, an affliction which affects thousands of people in the UK every Spring. (more…)

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Mar 31

Fantastic Easter Decorations for Your Garden

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Easter Decorations

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After a long and gruelling winter, we can finally have a sigh of relief. It’s time to celebrate spring, nature revival and the advent of the new gardening year. Decorating for Easter is a treasured tradition for many people. It offers infinite possibilities of creativeness and it brings cheerful mood not only in our homes, but also outdoors. (more…)

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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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