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Growing daphnes

Daphnes bring plenty of interest to the garden during late winter and spring, with clusters of highly fragrant flowers in white, pink or mauve. They look great in mixed borders and shrubberies, and you can also get dwarf forms that … Continue reading

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Top 10 bulbs to plant this spring

Summer-flowering bulbs provide some of the biggest, best and most exotic-looking blooms, and spring is the best time to plant them. Not only do they look fabulous growing in borders or containers, but many make wonderful cut flowers too, so … Continue reading

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Growing crocosmia

I can’t wait to get out into the garden and start planting this spring, so I’ve been having a think about what I’d like to grow this year. I like plants that do well without too much input from me, … Continue reading

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How to train a climbing rose

Photo © Jim Powell Besides Christmas shopping, now is a great time to tend to your roses. They’re dormant until around late-February, so take the opportunity to give them a good prune, remove old branches and train them to shape. … Continue reading

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I love gardens with lots of flowering perennials – they’re so much more substantial than bedding plants. Not only do they provide plenty of colour, height and movement, but they’re relatively fuss free and easy to care for too. One … Continue reading

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Chamomile and mint tea

Last summer we decided to try growing our own chamomile tea from seed. How easy was it? Very! With Christmas looming, the garden may be the least of many people’s priorities, but I remember it was this time last year … Continue reading

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Fig jam

I treat figs as a ‘special occasion’ fruit. They’re quite expensive to buy in the shops, especially if they’re out of season. Despite that, they’re quite easy to grow (given the tree time to mature), and a fig tree can be kept small if … Continue reading

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