Oct 14

All You Need to Know About Bonsai Trees

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Eurya Bonsai TreeOr at least all you need to know to decide if you’d like to grow a bonsai yourself! If you do decide to give it a go you’ll be entering a whole new world of gardening skills. Bonsai are fascinating and can be very beautiful but they do require a significant commitment from their guardians. (more…)

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Oct 7

When Gardening Has Consequences (or What Not to Grow)

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Japanese KnotweedThere’s a time and a place for all things and one of the marks of a great gardener is knowing what to do when and where to put what. There’s no such thing as a bad plant, but there are a few that you don’t want in your London garden.

As Patricia Hewitson recently discovered – gardening can have serious consequences in the UK. Mrs. Hewitson contacted BBC radio Devon for help in identifying a weed spotted in her garden. She sent off an email including pictures to the station and received a reply not just from them but also from Devon and Cornwall Police. (more…)

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Oct 2

Fantastic Gardeners is Now Ready to Blossom in Bristol

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Fantastic Gardeners in BristolFantastic Gardeners has been scoring high with London residents and businesses for many years, and now it’s time for us to grow and develop our service in the Bristol area, too. We’re bowled over by our expansion plans to extend our coverage area to include the following areas:

  • Bristol – Clifton, Redland, Cotham, Bishopston and Horfield
  • Somerset – Taunton and Wellington (more…)
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Sep 30

Mini Houseplants for Apartments

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A small plant in a coffee mugIs there such a thing as a home that’s ‘too small for houseplants’?

We think not but in an apartment where every inch of space counts you need to make your selection very carefully. There are plenty of tiny plants to choose from. From classic to quirky, whatever your style there’s something to suit. Here’s a few ideas to get you started. (more…)

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Sep 23

Gardening Tricks: Use the Best Gardening Apps

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GardenAppsApps for your phone that can help you garden? On the face of it, it might sound like an odd idea. Gardening’s about getting out there with a spade and folk, getting your hands grubby and pulling up those weeds. Well, yes, it’s all of that, but it’s also about planning and plotting. There are apps to help you design your garden, others which help you learn more about it, and rich resources available to give you ideas and inspiration. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourites. (more…)

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Sep 16

Five Poisonous Plants Which Might Hide in Your Home

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HydrangeaIt may surprise you to know that some really quite common house and garden plants are toxic, in some cases significantly so. We’re not saying that this is a reason not to have them at all, but it’s useful to know about them so that you can make sure that your children or pets aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks. (more…)

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Sep 9

The Gardening Fever Catches on

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Even Young People Get Excited About Gardening in the UK

young girl in natureIt may surprise you, and to be honest it surprised us, but a recent survey shows that the younger generation in the UK is going back to the land. Far from spending all their time on Facebook or Twitter, the average 25-35 year old spends around 12 to 15 hours a month working on their garden. They’re not just investing time either; the survey commissioned by Alfresia demonstrates a significant increase in financial input too, up from an average of £273 to £518 per couple per summer. (more…)

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Sep 2

Autumn Leaves: What to Do with Them

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Autumn leavesThere may be times when you’re close to cursing those leaves. You spend hours working hard with the rake, you clear the lawn and then the wind blows. Five minutes and your garden’s back where it started. Don’t despair! Those pesky leaves are actually a free gift from nature. All you have to do is decide how they can best be utilised in your garden, your choices include: (more…)

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Aug 26

Choices, Choices… How to Pick a Reliable Gardening Company

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Fantastic-GardenersA well maintained garden will make a world of difference to the enjoyment you get from your home. Not to mention, increasing both sale and rental value. If you don’t enjoy gardening or don’t have the time to do it you’ll be looking for someone you can employ to do the work for you. How do you choose a good gardening company? Here are a few ideas about how to go about it. (more…)

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Aug 19

Social Media Elements in Your Garden – Hashtag Plants by Art We Hart

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Facebook LogoSocial media rules. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, it’s rare to find someone in the UK who doesn’t spend at least a few hours a week on some social platform or another. It’s inevitable that anything that has a daily presence in our lives will also start to influence our fashions and trends. Here’s just a few examples of how the virtual world of social media has entered physical life. (more…)

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