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A woman’s guide to barbecuing

03.04.2014 - by

Women: barbecuing is surprisingly easy, as long as you have a bottle of gin and a competitive man to hand.

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Flower origami - the paper view

03.02.2014 - by

If you are amongst 8 million people who watched the first season of the BBC’s Sherlock TV Series, you would have remembered the black lotus flower. Now you can make your own black lotus, although we went for a blue version.

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Happy New Year!

30.12.2013 - by

The New Year is always a time for celebration – nowhere more so than in Scotland where Hogmanay is celebrated by a practice of first-footing. The first-foot is the first person to enter the household on New Year’s Day and brings good fortune for the coming year.

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A Christmas Date?

24.12.2013 - by

Falling as it does in the middle of winter, Christmas isn’t a great time for garden lovers (some people may think). We couldn’t disagree more! Christmas would be nothing without plants…

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Our Plant Of The Week: The Christmas Cactus

17.12.2013 - by

After the Christmas holiday period, the Christmas cactus should be given about 30 days’ rest (in a cool room with limited water). If only we could all get the same break…

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Beat the blues, be green! Tips for hardy gardeners

12.12.2013 - by

The days are getting shorter and darker and the wet weather is setting in… it’s about this time of year that people start to feel SAD – seasonal affective disorder. That’s the winter blues to you and me.

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For the perfect Christmas ambience, choose a parasite

10.12.2013 - by

If you think of parasites, there are probably two words that won’t come to mind. One is romance; the other is Christmas. If someone told you that he had fleas or a tapeworm, your first reaction probably wouldn’t be to kiss him or to put on the Christmas tunes. But if he brought you a parasite that grows on apple trees, the humble mistletoe, then you probably would.

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Things to do with autumn leaves

06.11.2013 - by

The beautiful red, orange and gold leaves of autumn look beautiful, but clearing them up is not much fun! Rather than simply throwing them away, save yourself a trip to the tip and recycle them!

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The Days of the Ice Saints

14.05.2013 - by

When the Ice Saints have passed, gardeners know it is safe to put their tender plants outside and they won't be killed off by a nasty frost.

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Mother's Day 2013

11.05.2013 - by

Here's a Flower for the coolest Lady in the World: Your Mother.

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Spring is knocking on the door!

24.04.2013 - by

Just when we thought winter IS coming, spring surprised us. So let's be nice to her and enjoy the sun.

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Happy Easter

28.03.2013 - by

Happy Easter from all of us. Make sure your shrubs grow thick.

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