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A Few Easy To Grow Herbs In Your Garden!

There’s something really basic about going into the garden, getting close and personal with your plants choosing which young shoots look the best to pick thinking of how much tastier they are going to make that particular meal or drink that you are about to make. Just imagine those first new potatoes that you might…
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Gardenia Jaminoides Cape jasmine

    Following on from my last article concerning fragrant houseplants I think the Gardenia has to rate fairly high within this category.  It is not one of easiest of indoor plants to keep but, get it right and the results can be very rewarding.       Gardenias, which originate in China, have dark green very glossy…
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Its All Happening Now!

It’s Sunday morning before you read this and I’ve had my little walk around the garden it was a bit nippy out there. I was happy to see that one of the spring flowering clematis isn’t just growing up the Photinia ‘Red Robin’, but across the honeysuckle too and with lots of blue fat flower…
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Jasmine Polyanthum – Pink jasmine

     For lovers of fragrant indoor plants, Jasmine has to come fairly high up on the list of favourites. In the case of Jasminum polyanthum the common name of “pink jasmine” actually refers to the buds,  which open up as pure white flowers.      Jasmine is a natural climbing plant and is generally purchased as…
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Spring is Here!

Spring is such a wonderful and exciting time of year in my garden, the daffodils along with many other bulbs still have buds or flowers and the pulmonarias, epimediums, brunneras, ranunuculus, mukedenias, primroses, erythronium are just beginning to flower too! The anemone blanda and Chionodoxa luciliae known as ‘Glory of the Snow’ have gone mad,…
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Spring Open Evening – 15% DISCOUNT

We are delighted to announce our Spring Open Evening will be held on Thursday 13th April 3pm – 8pm. A FREE BBQ (even if it rains!) will be offered for all loyalty members and served from 5pm onwards. Across the store we will have many ‘better than 15% discount offers’ which proved extremely popular last…
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A Garden Evolves With Time!

When I look back at when I first started tending my garden there were no plants in it, just a square in the centre of overgrown lawn and the rest of it was soil and rubbish. It was a sunny garden though until the late afternoon when the two great poplars at the side and…
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Hedera Helix Common Ivy

     When it comes to choosing foliage plants for the house hedera helix (ivy) deserves a mention even if it is more commonly associated with the garden.      Ideally ivies need a cool environment which is brightly lit without any strong summer sunshine.  So, our old favourite for cool-growing lovers, the enclosed cool porch or…
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A Spring in my Step!

It doesn’t take a lot of sunshine to put a spring into my step, so I was out in the garden this Sunday morning before you read this enjoying my snowdrops, hellebores, first crocus and looking for other signs of whose coming. Seeing the garden looking a untidy from the fallen twigs and small branches…
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