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Pick of the holiday seasonal plants to decorate your home for Christmas

The indoor plant market looks forward to the holiday season as we think about those seasonal lovelies to brighten up our homes and give to family and friends. Garden centres, flower shops and stalls, supermarkets and department stores brim with poinsettias, cyclamen, orchids, flowering cacti, azaleas and a host of…

How to avoid frost damage in your garden

In my neck of the woods the days are certainly getting colder. We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security with a mild fall and unusually warm weather conditions. Many are reporting that their summer bedding still looks good. I’m not sure I believe it, but there certainly hasn’t…

Plants for narrow borders

Most gardeners have some narrow borders to deal with, particularly those gardening in small spaces. Maybe you have a strip of land alongside a fence or wall, at the edge of a patio, or between a path and a boundary? Even those with sufficient space have a habit of making…

How to grow your own wild bird food

One of the students on my Gardening for Wildlife online course inspired this post. He made the point that although he wanted to encourage wild birds into his garden, they would have to eat scraps from the house, or forage. You may throw up your hands in horror, but the…

Waterperry Gardens

Warterperry gardens are known internationally as home to the renowned horticultural college which operated there from 1932 to 1971. They were originally developed and designed as a teaching resource: the focus on food production and the highest standards of horticultural technique. Behind the Waterperry Horticultural College was the towering figure…

Poppies at the Tower: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

2014 is the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.  In Remembrance an evolving art installation has filled the moat of The Tower of London with 888.246 handmade ceramic scarlet poppies. Each poppy represents a British military life lost during the conflict.  The installation is the…

Preparing the pond for winter

Dealing with the pond is not always the most appealing garden task in autumn and winter.  As the days get colder and shorter much of my gardening time is spent dealing with fallen leaves, cutting back faded perennials, planting bulbs and trying to keep the garden picture as appealing as…

Botanical terms you should know?

I was recently given a three volume Cyclopaedia of Gardeningthat was published in 1925. How gardening books have change! Three weighty volumes, with a sprinkling of beautiful line drawings, and a few black and white, and one or two coloured plates. The fine paper is almost light enough to be…

Share your pumpkin pics & win a £145 ($230) online gardening course!

We love autumn at MyGardenSchool – it’s time to cut back perennials that have died down, move tender plants to the greenhouse and plant spring flowering bulbs.  This weekend however, families around the world will be putting their gardening jobs aside and marking halloween by putting out pumpkins and playing trick…

Is this pot frost proof?

  Whenever I’m talking about growing in containers, or demonstrating planting up pots for the autumn and winter the question of frost resistance of terracotta and ceramic pots always arises. Those of you gardening in warmer climates, or in areas where frost rarely occurs, will not have the same problem….