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Keeping Indoor Ferns Happy

If you read my last article you will be aware that I am a firm believer in the addition of some plants into the home, not only to give a pleasing effect but to improve the air quality, and what could be more easy on the eye than a fern or two. The Victorians loved…
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Still Enjoying The Summer and Preparing for The Seasons Ahead!

The beauty about gardening is depending on how you have set out your garden and the plants in it will determine how much work is needed to keep them maintained and looking good as well as preparation tasks for the following season. Its up to you! My garden is a very busy garden with a…
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SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA “Umbrella Tree”

  First glance at this indoor plant will reveal why it bears the common name of “Umbrella Tree”,  with the leaves branching out from short stems creating the shape of an umbrella.  Although the original variety  bore just plain green leaves there are now many variegated versions available.  Look out for “Trinette” and “Gold Capella…
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Plenty of Colour for Summer!

Right now there’s no shortage of inspiration and colour for your garden in the garden centre. If you want to fill your patio, flower beds, summer baskets or containers there is an abundance of colourful bedding and basket plants available right now to suit you. Providing these summer flowering plants are fed, watered and regularly…
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Some Colour for Spring!

Its a glorious Sunday morning and after looking around my garden I need to do some more weeding. Those golden dandelion flowers look beautiful and are great early nectar plants for bees so I’ll let them do their business, but they’ll be out soon and no doubt there’ll be others sneaking in later. One self-set…
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Growing Your Own Tomatoes!

Many of us gardeners enjoy growing a few of own vegetables and one of the easiest and most rewarding has to be the tomato plant. For some the difficult part is choosing a variety. Your selection will depend on growth habit, fruit size and its culinary use. Bush or ‘determinate’ varieties are more compact, easier…
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ST. PAULIA IONANTHA African Violet

St. Paulias (African Violets) seem to go from strength to strength when it comes to variety with many more bi-coloured and double flowered versions been added to the list of choices.  Just before Christmas we had a rather unusual variety in called “In the Green” which had green and white frilled flowers, a far cry…
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Some Showy Spring Flowering Shrubs

Every plant has its time to bloom and if you want to keep your garden looking interesting all year round with flowers and foliage then its important when choosing your plants to consider their growth habits, ultimate size, flowering time, whether they have berries or not, maintenance requirements such as pruning or dead heading, seasonal…
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Lemon Trees

A mature lemon tree can make a spectacular addition to the summer patio and along with its perfume and fruit, it can be a real winner. For those of you who have been enquiring about lemon trees recently we now have some starter plants in stock at the garden centre. I will keep a look…
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Making Ready For Spring!

As winter ends its time to tidy up ready for spring, I have to be very careful though as bulbs are continually coming up and flowering. As usual there are always branches and twigs to clear away from the poplars. A good weeding session or two is needed, but once the perennials start filling out…
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