Dec 16

December Gardening: Some Chores Can’t Wait

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Blue tit on a bird feederGardens and gardeners alike should both take advantage of the fact that nature allows a rest at this time of year. There’s less to do in a midwinter garden than at any other time of year but the tasks that do need attending to are important. (more…)

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Dec 9

Five Traditional Christmas Plants

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Poinsettia flowersWhat are your top Christmas plants? Well, maybe the first thing that comes to mind is your Christmas tree, but we’re taking that for granted today. There are a number of other species that are traditionally used to brighten homes in the festive season, here’s a round up of our favourites: (more…)

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Dec 2

Bring the Christmas Spirit to Your Garden

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Spread the Holiday Jolly with Festive Outdoor Decorations

Christmas garden decorationDecking the halls is all very well, but how about decorating your garden this Christmas? Spread a little bit of Christmas cheer to passers-by, and make sure that by the time guests get to your front door, they’ll be in no doubt that your home is a place where the festive spirit is well and truly celebrated. (more…)

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Nov 25

Cactuses – Exotic Plants in Your House

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cactusCactuses (or cacti as some people prefer!) look so exotic that people assume that they must be difficult to care for. In truth these are plants that thrive in some of the most challenging environments on earth so they’re tough! The best way to kill a cactus is with kindness. With a little understanding of their needs there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an impressive display of one or several of these beautiful and impressive exotics in your home. (more…)

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Nov 18

Adding Colour to Your Winter Garden

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Ilex aquifolium berriesIf you think November is all about raking leaves and tidying up think again. There’s no reason at all why your autumn and winter garden should be short on colour and a good display at this time of year makes you look like an expert. As Christopher Lloyd (a very wise gardener) said, nobody expects anything of a November garden, so anything that does produce flower is a bonus! (more…)

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Nov 11

Rare Plant Thefts in the UK

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What would you expect to be the biggest challenge for a botanical gardens?

You might think of pests and diseases; they’re constantly introducing new species of plants from all over the world, there has to be a risk that they might be harbouring some exotic nasty. Or perhaps the issues around climate change spring to mind; with more rain, more storms, hotter and colder temperatures extremes, some species are bound to struggle. (more…)

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Nov 4

November Gardening: All You Need to Do

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Wet Autumn leavesAs the year draws to a close, many of your gardening tasks are about tidying up and putting things to bed. Help your garden rest safely through the winter by: (more…)

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Oct 28

10 Spooky Plants for Halloween

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Actaea pachypodaUsually we recommend plants because they’re beautiful, easy-to-grow or give long-lasting displays of colour. Halloween’s a special case however so here’s a few suggestions for spooky plants that will add a certain something to your Halloween party: (more…)

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Oct 24

Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween Garden Decorations

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From the simplest of jack-o’-lanterns to award-winning carvings, pumpkin decorations are a central feature of Halloween celebrations. They are essential (if not the only) part of your holiday garden decorations. A must-have, if you have kids. But most of all for many of us, it’s a way to showcase a special part of ourselves – creativity, no other time of the year can bring to the spotlight. (more…)

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Oct 21

Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter

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If you have a garden you’re more in touch with the changing seasons than those poor souls who have to live without one. Nature has a time for everything, and winter is a time for rest and recuperation.

Our Gardener in London (more…)

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