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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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Five reasons to get a greenhouse

  I’m at my dad’s house in Brittany at the moment and he’s just built a greenhouse in his garden. Apparently, choice of greenhouses is limited in France, so he bought his from the UK. His garden is a bit windy, so after … Continue reading

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A lazy guide to spring gardening

Create a lovely garden, the cheap and easy way! Making a colourful and productive garden to enjoy during summer needn’t be expensive, and you don’t have to be particularly green fingered either. I recently spent the day gardening with the wonderful … Continue reading

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Spring flowers and shrubs

I’m in Brittany this weekend. The weather has been beautiful – the warmth of the sun has really woken up the garden. Here are some spring flowers and shrubs that I’ve seen looking good today: Chaenomeles japonica Anemones Anemone blanda … Continue reading

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New garden products, 2014

Every year, new and innovative products are launched by manufacturers and retailers in the garden industry. I always seem to focus on new products for small gardens. I think this is because I have a small garden myself, and really appreciate … Continue reading

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