Practical Advice

Here We Blow Again

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Oh, the inconvenience; first Ciara, now Dennis, putting paid to any plans we had to tend our allotment or work in the garden this […]

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How to be a Better Gardener in 2020

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January has been a month of quiet reflection. There’s been relatively little to do in the garden, the house is clean and tidy post […]

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Getting to Grips with Hardy Orchids

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I can see a new addiction coming from a mile off, so on the whole I steer well clear of orchids. Over the ages […]

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Action Stations!

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One can be excused for inactivity during January – after all, Christmas is exhausting – but with the arrival of February the garden begins […]

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Ten Things To Do In The Garden in January

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January is a unique month in the year when plants, on the whole, demand very little from gardeners. House plants are an exception, but […]

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My Top Tips for Buying a Real Christmas Tree

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Part of my day job is buying Christmas trees for British department store John Lewis & Partners. It’s a task I particularly enjoy since […]

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Autumn Spice

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The problem with owning a garden dominated by evergreens and tropicals is that I don’t really get to experience autumn colour at home. My […]

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My Top 10 Indoor / Outdoor Foliage Plants

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  So I forgot. Today’s the day that the London Evening Standard publishes a feature on neon-coloured foliage and I am not even in […]

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In Search of the Surreal

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No visit to Cornwall is complete without a spot of plant shopping. The nurseries in the county I consider home are among the best […]

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How to Grow Ornamental Gingers in UK Gardens

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  Ornamental gingers – we’ve admired them whilst on holiday in tropical countries, or seen them curated in the glasshouses of botanical gardens, but […]

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