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  1. Layering tulips and other bulbs in pots

    Layering tulips and other bulbs in pots

    Tulips, daffodils and irises are the bulbs I’m going to plant in layers in a container, to produce wave after wave after wave of flowers in the spring. I’ve waited until November to give the tulips a fair chance of avoiding disease, which should be killed off now by colder temperatures and frost. Tulips and […]

  2. A clean and comfortable chill out zone can reduce work stress

    A clean and comfortable chill out zone can reduce work stress

    A chill out zone is a good place to take a break from technology for 10 or 15 minutes. Relax away from your desk on comfortable furniture, think of nothing in particular or practise some breathing exercises. You’ll feel so much better. It’s just been Cranky Co-Workers’ Day in the States. For what it’s worth, […]

  3. Leaf mould - make the most of the autumn leaves bonanza!

    Leaf mould - make the most of the autumn leaves bonanza!

    Most autumn leaves falling on your lawn, path or road this week can create fantastic leaf mould for use as garden compost. Think of the dark, soft earth under trees and in woodland walks – and make your own! Instead of sending leaves to refuse collections, make a leaf store that will produce leaf mould […]

  4. Autumn preparations for winter in the garden: part 3!

    Autumn preparations for winter in the garden: part 3!

    Never mind spring cleaning – autumn preparations are essential to protect your garden from the worst of winter. Use our top tips to guide you. Autumn preparations: tidy up I am still picking runner beans, and glad of suggestions for what to do with a glut. Within a week or two I will be sad […]

  5. Autumn colours to add to your garden

    Autumn colours to add to your garden

    Woods, gardens and parks are changing from shades of green to autumn colours of rich red, yellow and bronze. They are breathtaking. Last week the Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time panel were asked which plant, shrub or tree they most look forward to seeing in their autumn colour. Interesting answers set me thinking about which […]

  6. Colour in the garden with plants and paint

    Colour in the garden with plants and paint

    Colour is everywhere Colour is everywhere in our world and, consciously or unconsciously, we respond to it. So, a bit of thought about colour in the garden won’t go amiss. The challenge Have you inherited a dull outdoor space? No problem. Keep your spirits up by adding a little colour, fast. Go straight to your […]

  7. Garden bar - simple and stylish examples to use all year round

    Garden bar - simple and stylish examples to use all year round

    A garden bar is a big help in organising all the necessities of comfortable drinks on the patio or in the garden, without mishap. Or very much mishap, at least. Having a drink on the patio or in the garden Today is one of several ‘drink beer’ days which are scattered throughout the year. I […]

  8. Gardening novices, this is what to do in autumn!

    Gardening novices, this is what to do in autumn!

    Gardening novices, this is for you! Here we bring together the main points of what to do in autumn, with links to our more detailed blog posts. Autumn begins on 22nd September 2017. It’s not as busy a time in the garden as the spring but there’s still lots to do. Things to do ‘just […]

  9. Give your autumn lawn tender, loving care

    Give your autumn lawn tender, loving care

    The lawn is the mainstay of many gardens and suffers a lot of wear and tear in summer. The smaller the garden, the harder it needs to work. As autumn starts, now is the time to offer it some TLC. Grass grows fast during warm and damp weather and here I need to keep cutting […]

  10. Wildlife Competition - Competition Ended

    (This competition has now finished. A winner will be announced shortly.)   It’s time for another competition on Rattan Direct! For this competition, the rules are quite simple. All you need to do is send us a picture of wildlife that you have spotted in your garden. It can be anything. (Birds, squirrels, foxes, etc.) […]

  11. Protect tender plants and take the tomatoes in hand this autumn

    As the cooler weather of autumn arrives, it’s time for us to help the last of the tomatoes to ripen and to protect more tender plants. Time has flown and here we are in September. Like it or not, the summer is bowing out and the autumn’s gales and rain will soon be coming on […]

  12. How do I store rattan furniture?

    How do I store rattan furniture?

    How do I store rattan furniture? During the summer months, there are few things more relaxing than spending the warm evenings sat on your rattan corner sofa with a nice cold drink. But what do you do with your rattan furniture when autumn begins? Here are our tips for storing your rattan furniture when it’s […]

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