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Christmas wish list for gardeners

With the festive season fast approaching, inspired by Grow, the lifestyle show for gardeners, Manoj Malde of Couture Gardens has put together this Christmas wish list.   Every year this show takes place in the trendy area of Hampstead. Since the show started it has...

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GROWING YOUR OWN BOUQUET

  ‘Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.’ The Koran There is a revival of growing your own – fruits, vegetables and herbs, but also flowers to dress your home. More and more people are starting to keep a cutting patch in their garden or...

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Low Maintenance Gardens

LOW MAINTENANCE GARDEN Many people these days are time poor. If they have a garden, they want to spend limited amount of time working on it but maximum time enjoying their outdoor space. Architectural gardens can be high maintenance. They need to look manicured at all...

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HERBACEOUS PEONIES

  Peonies are the cream cakes of the flowering world ‘naughty but nice’ and no classic English border should be without them. Peonies do not tolerate waterlogged soil but will do well in clay soil so long as they have good drainage. Start with bare root plants rather...

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WINTER GARDENS

We all suffer the winter blues. We look outside and every thing seems dull and dreary. It does not have to be that way. By selecting the right plants, we can add structure, form and colour in the garden. Evergreen plants such as Fastigiate Yew, Holly and Pittosporum...

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TRILLIUMS

Trilliums grow wild in the forests in North America. The rhizomes are found just under the leaf litter surface so don’t plant them too deep. If planted shallow, the roots contract to drag the rhizome down to the optimum level. If planted too deep the rhizome cannot...

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Spring bulbs

After a long winter slumber we all long for some colour and life in the garden. Spring bulb planting begins in September but save your tulips to be planted in November. Plant them to early and there is the possibility of them suffering tulip fire. To get the greatest...

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What can you put into a composting bin?

Grass clippings, All vegetable matter (not cooked food), Egg shells, Hair clippings, Dust, Lint from tumble dryers, Shredded paper and cardboard (this helps to absorb the decomposing smell) Do not put citrus fruit or peel (oranges and lemons) into the compost bin as...

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BEING ECO FRIENDLY BY HOME COMPOSTING

Many of us do care about the planet we live in. One way we can help is by home composting. This is an environmentally friendly way of dealing with garden and kitchen waste (not cooked food). Composting is a biochemical process where naturally occurring microorganisms...

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Autumn Colour

Add autumn colour to your front steps. These pots are so easy and they dont cost much. Best to plant up atleast 3 post so that they can be grouped together to create a WOW factor other wise fill one large pot. I’ve used the following plants:- Variegated Euonymus...

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Why Engage a Garden Designer

I’ve just read an interesting post on Linked In which I have pasted below. Worth considering. As you would employ an architect to draw up plans for a house and an experienced builder to construct, similarly it is worth engaging a garden designer to design/draw up...

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