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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Jan 13

Should You Re-Use Potting Compost?

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CompostPotting compost can be pricey and what are you supposed to do with it once you’ve transplanted your seedlings out, or even when you’ve re-potted container plants and have removed compost left over? As with so many things in gardening the answer to the question ‘Can I reuse this compost?’ is, ‘it depends!’. (more…)

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Jan 8

Sky Gardens atop the Walkie Talkie Open to Public

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The Sky Gardens on Walkie Talkie Building

Photo source: http://www.rhubarb.net/venues/sky-garden

The Sky Gardens atop the latest addition to London’s skyline — the Walkie Talkie building, will open their doors on January 12th. Apparently tickets have been available for several months but it wasn’t until very recently this has been publicised. (more…)

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Jan 6

Winter Gardening Tricks: How To Root Herbs in Water

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Oregano plantFresh herbs are a cook’s best friend, they pack so much flavour in a small amount of leaf but they can be a little on the pricey side when bought at a supermarket. A money-saving, saving, simple and very satisfying alternative to buying herbs is to grow your own, and it’s a great task for the winter when there’s so little else you can do in the garden. (more…)

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Dec 30

Our Favourite Gardening Magazines

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Gardening MagazinesHowever much we might want to, it’s just not practical to spend all day, every day in the garden. The next best thing to gardening is reading about gardening, we read for knowledge, for inspiration and sometimes just for that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from recognising that we’re part of a generous world-wide community that’s always ready to share ideas, rejoice in triumphs and offer consolation for those occasional but inevitable ‘learning experiences’. The best gardening magazine for you really depends on what you want to get out of it, here’s our round up of some of the top choices. (more…)

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