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Last minute Christmas floral decoration ideas

Most of us are short of time in the lead up to Christmas. The days pass by all too quickly; our plans to make immaculate floral decorations like those we see in the glossy magazines become more unattainable.  There isn’t enough time to go out and source all the materials,…

Don’t feel guilty about buying a real, cut Christmas tree

  Some will head to the garden centre, some to a roadside stall and some to a grower in the country. Others will buy from the market, the supermarket or the home depot. Christmas trees are on sale everywhere in the month or so before the big day. Some of…

Give an Amaryllis – The Perfect Christmas Gift

What could be nicer than receiving a gift that grows? One that starts as a large bulb packed with promise, and then explodes into a colourful display of exotic blooms in just six to eight weeks.  When the sparkle and colour of Christmas fades, and spring still seems distant, fabulous…

Give the gift of learning online to a gardening enthusiast

Most of us have reached that moment when the “magic and sparkle” of Christmas means the problems of what to give friends and relations. We all search for the original, useful, and ornamental and sometimes impressive gift, but it becomes more challenging as years go by. The problem is that…

A Working Holiday to Jerusalem

As the nights draw in and we start wearing thicker clothes, most of us also begin to think about visiting warmer climates.  There’s a volunteering holiday that offers a unique opportunity to combine a love of gardening with some travel and a chance to experience different cultures. The UK-based Friends…

What will you be doing in the garden in December?

Personally I can’t wait to get outside and get some fresh air whatever the weather; I know that a lot of other gardeners feel the same. It may look pretty soggy and uninviting out there, but there is plenty to do.  In my garden the latest leaves to fall, mostly…

Time to think about roses

  Remove plant from pot and position Just as they are looking at their worst in our gardens it’s time to think about roses. As we head into winter in the northern hemisphere the new season’s crop of roses is lifted from the field ready for sale. Some are potted…

Christmas Floral decoration: what’s around?

I’m just about to embark on a round of Christmas floral decoration demonstrations. I love this time of year because it’s a time when so many people get a bit creative and have a go. Over the next couple of weeks I hope to inspire those that like the idea…

Reference Book of the Year – Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

The winners of The Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 have just been announced at the annual awards ceremony at The Savoy Hotel, London. At this event all garden media are recognised: books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, television, radio and websites. Writers and photographers, broadcasters, presenters and producers have their year’s work…

What to plant under trees

Choosing the right plants to grow under trees is essential if you are going to achieve a successful planting scheme. Deciduous trees steal lots of light and water from the time the leaves unfurl in spring until they eventually fall. Coniferous trees such as pines are even more tricky creating…