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  1. Choose bedding plants for a bright summer display

    Choose bedding plants for a bright summer display

    The garden centres are full of summer bedding plants, tempting you to buy and plant to brighten up your gardens now the bulbs are mostly over. The late spring bank holiday is the traditional time for a bedding changeover. In this post, we dig down (sorry!) for a little information to bring your summer garden […]

  2. Storage! Create extra storage space in your garden

    Today, we’re talking about storage. Specifically, storage in the garden and we’re not talking about getting a shed. Having what you need close at hand really helps when you’re out on the patio or the decking or in the garden. Scenario 1 You may have started the evening in deliciously warm weather but later on […]

  3. Summer flowers - get ready with summer flowering bulbs!

    Summer flowers - get ready with summer flowering bulbs!

    Summer flowers in garden centres are so tempting at the moment, but late frosts may damage summer bedding planted outdoors too soon. If this weekend leads you to thoughts of summer flowers in your garden, get ahead with summer bulbs instead. Depending on how tough they are, summer flowering blubs can be planted in autumn, […]

  4. Is Your Garden Dog Friendly?

    Summer is nearly upon us and for many this means spending as much time in the garden as possible. We understand that like the home, the garden has to be a safe place to be for us and our children. But what about our beloved pooches? Are there dangers lurking in your garden that could […]

  5. Afternoon tea in the garden

    Afternoon tea in the garden

    In these days of excess, there is something beautifully simplistic about the classic British afternoon tea. Tempting as it may be to ‘lay on a full spread’ and cram the table with all sorts of unBritish extras, this is how we used to enjoy food before we got fat. Consisting largely of carbs and dairy, […]

  6. 6 tips to help you keep on top of the weeding this spring

    6 tips to help you keep on top of the weeding this spring

    Spring is now well underway and everything is growing fast, weeds included. Weeding now stops weeds getting well established. It makes all the difference! Here are six tips to help you. 1. Know your enemy A regular stroll around your garden will show you where the weeds are and where action is required. Get to […]

  7. Creating the perfect decking area for your garden

    Creating the perfect decking area for your garden

    Decking can turn difficult, steep or uneven spaces into something very usable. It also softens the line between indoors and outdoors, enticing people outside onto the deck and beyond into the garden. With care, it can shake up and revitalise the whole way you use your outdoor space. Just walk out of the house and […]

  8. Gardening traditions - Good Friday and at Easter

    Gardening traditions - Good Friday and at Easter

    My friend Pat has been extra busy in her garden all this week (and it looks great). When I asked her why so much activity now, she explained that Good Friday gardening traditions include planting seed potatoes, and she is ready! Gardening traditions – plant potatoes on Good Friday One story about the origin of […]

  9. Leek and potato dauphinoise

    Leek and potato dauphinoise

    Pommes dauphinoise makes an excellent alternative to roasties for Sunday lunch, especially as the weather turns warmer and we embrace the flavours of spring and summer. Our recipe for leek and potato dauphinoise makes the best of seasonal leeks and goes perfectly with our slow roasted lamb and savoury crumb. Baked in a moderate oven […]

  10. Which rattan furniture is best for my outdoor space?

    Which rattan furniture is best for my outdoor space?

    We’ve had a taste of fantastic weather over the last week or so. It’s definitely been nice enough to sit outside and even sunny enough to catch a bit of sunburn. A parasol is part of the prescription for avoiding sunburn, and for sitting outside – look no further for recommendations of what will suit […]

  11. 5 simple DIY garden hacks – milk bottle edition

    5 simple DIY garden hacks – milk bottle edition

    There are at least five garden hacks associated with the common plastic milk bottle. We show you how to make a watering can, cloche, plant pot or cachepot, drip tray and plant labels. Each of these is easy, takes little effort and costs you nothing. A two litre bottle is a good size but you […]

  12. Lawns - get ready for summer in spring

    Lawns - get ready for summer in spring

    Lawns need care and attention now to get them ready for your summer. April is the month to get a grip of your lawn and, depending on the weather where you are, it may be that the first cut of the year starts this weekend. Here’s a quick overview of what to do. Lawns – […]

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