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A Poinsettia is not just for Christmas

02.12.2014 - by

Top tips for keeping that much loved Christmas plant alive. We've tested a plant sensor and mixed it up with some good old gardening knowledge...

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Inspiration: The Garden Edit Journal

27.11.2014 - by

Founded by English gardener John Tebbs, The Garden Edit redraws the traditional boundaries associated with shopping and the garden by bringing together a modern collection of products that embody functionality, timelessness and beauty.

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Analog Photography: Zurich Succulent Plant Collection

10.07.2014 - by

The Zurich Succulent Plant Collection is one of the most impressive of its kind, covering more than 4750sqm and displaying over 6500 plants. We visited the collection and brought our good old 35mm camera.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Tuane Eggers

27.05.2014 - by

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine" - A description of fairy queen Titania’s abode in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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What do you get if you cross an intelligent person with a floral display?

16.05.2014 - by

Parker and Riley (surprisingly, not the name of a law firm) are both based in Portland, Oregon. Riley’s floral studio Erba strives for simplicity in design, only using the most necessary elements for each piece, whilst Parker’s photography is inspired by everything from simple polaroids and Kodak film to the Lord of the Rings.

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3 reasons why the Fritillaria meleagris is like a panda

05.05.2014 - by

Our plant of the week, fritillaria meleagris (also known as snake’s head fritillary, guinea flower or chequer lily) is a striking wild flower native to Britain. But who would have thought that this small, purple Spring flower would have so much in common with a 160kg giant panda? Here are three reasons why:

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Order, order

02.05.2014 - by

Some are born liking order; some achieve order; some have order thrust upon them.

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Stick with Marina for a cleaner look

16.04.2014 - by

If you really want to excel at interior design, take inspiration from Marina Senabre – keep it simple, and include lots of plants.

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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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Keukenhof Flower Show Can Blow Your Clogs Off

26.03.2014 - by

Some 200 hundred years ago, there lived an architect in the Netherlands. His name was Jan David Zocher, and he, along with his son, was assigned to create landscape gardens around the already existing castle of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut on 15th century hunting grounds.

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This is One Big Tree

25.03.2014 - by

National Geographic have been to the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in Califor-nia, roughly 2000m above sea level to photograph a tree. Big deal. Except that this giant se-quoia is over 75m tall, 8m around and sprouted at the very beginning of the Iron Age, some 3200 years ago.

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal... Plants Imitating Life

21.03.2014 - by

With a spectacular exhibition of over fifty photorealistic plant sculptures that would make Duane Hanson green with envy, the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 event grabbed visitors’ attention by turning the Botanical Garden into something combining a zoo and an Elysian playground.

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Will you make the cut? 10 top garden tools

20.03.2014 - by

It’s a dangerous world, out there in the garden. As it’s owner you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place (hopefully not literally as such features don’t tend to make for a very attractive garden).

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Top 5 Weeds You Need to Fight

19.03.2014 - by

Just want a nice garden, not a war zone! Let’s be clear, gardening is a pleasure, but it is also time-consuming and we do have families, careers and social lives to focus on. Added to that, we have to fight a war. We have to fight weeds.

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A tree in your bonnet

18.03.2014 - by

An abandoned ship close to Sydney has turned into a floating forest with mangroves onboard...

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The letter bee

13.03.2014 - by

When I was a child, we used to watch Sesame Street – each week was themed with a different letter. Well, this post is bee-themed.

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Sweet violet: A short story of romance

10.03.2014 - by

“You to whom nature has given spirit, sweetness and beauty; you who alone can move and rule my heart…” Napoleon Bonaparte, 1797

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The world through the eyes of old plants

06.03.2014 - by

The world’s oldest living organisms are over 400,000 years old. Which begs the question, if bacteria could talk, what would they tell us?

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I was (plant) blind, but now I see

04.03.2014 - by

Doctor, doctor, I think that I might be suffering from plant blindness. Don’t worry, I’ve got just the tree-tment for you

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Flowers in Fashion

28.02.2014 - by

Floral: the new black. Think flowery fabric is just for curtains? Pull yourself together.

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What do a bulldog and an avocado have in common?

20.02.2014 - by

More than you might think… It was Darwin who originally postulated the idea of natural selection – that is, the gradual process by which biological traits become more or less common in a species. It’s how micro-organisms adapt to stay alive despite antibiotics, and it’s how the Darwin Award winners die…

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Water, water everywhere

19.02.2014 - by

How to garden in a changing climate. Or how to prevent water-logging in your garden.

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For our singles

13.02.2014 - by

For Valentine's Day the dahlia "happy single"

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M, 35, GSOH, Good in [flower] bed

04.02.2014 - by

Forget a fast car… what you want a man to own is an allotment. According to a new study gardening makes us sexy.

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Teenage years: solved

03.02.2014 - by

Being a teenager is tough. Here’s one way to make it a little bit easier. Our plant of the week witch hazel comes into play.

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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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Green Vader

03.02.2014 - by

Luke was right: "there's still good in him"

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Brassicas in a bouquet

30.01.2014 - by

The variations of cabbages are truly endless. Here are two new varieties to be used as cut flowers. As found at IPM Essen 2014.

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Re-connect with nature - 3 Kickstarter-projects

28.01.2014 - by

Feel the grass beneath your feet. You know that we’ve become disconnected from nature when there are hundreds of people who are prepared to pay for a pair of sandals that have grass on the base. But that’s exactly what happened with a recent Kickstarter project.

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Clear the air with a Peace Lily

26.01.2014 - by

Last year, my boss told me that our company was introducing a dress-down Friday policy. ‘What a great idea,’ I thought. So I waited patiently until Friday, then I went up to my boss and gave him a dressing down. I said ‘you’re mean, bad at your job and socially awkward.’

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Janua-RE-pot

24.01.2014 - by

Now that November has been remarketed Movember by men with moustaches, we’re pushing for January to be taken over by people who want their plants to be comfortable. Welcome to Janua-RE-pot!

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What’s up Lassie? Not feeling well?

23.01.2014 - by

Life as a dog can be ruff. It can be ruff-er if you’re surrounded by plants that could kill you. So it’s time to paws and check whether any of your plants are potentially poisonous to your pup – and if they are, to take the lead in doing something about it…

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Rubber plant - I’d tap that

21.01.2014 - by

It’s a pretty unassuming plant, but the Ficus elastica is as dirty as the plant world gets. We’re not talking mud and soil dirty... ficus is the rubber tree, a source of rubber and latex – in short, fetishists wouldn’t know where they’d be without it.

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Be seen in the right places: Flower Shows in 2014

20.01.2014 - by

People who think gardening is uncool are fools. One only has to witness anyone who is anyone networking over a cream tea in a beautiful garden to realise that if you want to be seen in the right places, you’ll find that the right places are often gardens.

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To Everything There is a Season - Annet van der Voort Photography

16.01.2014 - by

Annet Van Der Voort is a Dutch photographer now living in Germany, whose work often focuses on the transience of nature and and the themes of life and death. Her vanitas series harks back to the genre of the same name that was particularly popular in the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. As many painters during this period of Dutch painting, she includes insects, butterflies, and other small animals in these floral compositions as essential elements.

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Is my neighbour trying to kill my cat?

15.01.2014 - by

Is it your neighbour, your plants or a combination of both? Anyways, keep an eye on those beautiful plants around your house - they might kill your cat.

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Four ways to build a green office

14.01.2014 - by

It’s about time that drab, grey offices become a thing of the past. So here are four examples of extraordinary green office design.

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A common sense guide to feng shui: pick fabian aralia

13.01.2014 - by

Fabian aralia is suitable both indoors and outdoors – it looks great in a rock garden but also makes a magnificent pot plant and would make a stunning housewarming gift. (Presumably the feng shui experts would tell you to choose a smaller specimen to make sure it fits in a house).

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Help from your garden to fight off the ‘flu?

10.01.2014 - by

I never know how to feel about traditional medicine. On the one hand, it makes sense that if you knew a lot about the properties of different plants and herbs, you would be able to identify which ones would help to cure various ailments. On the other hand, I was once given a prescription by an African witch doctor to cure an ‘evil spirit’ in me by giving away a red chicken and some salt. Even the most tenuous scientific principles would struggle to explain that one.

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Footprints in winter - buy regional vegetables

09.01.2014 - by

In winter, I wear bigger boots to keep warm. Then the mud and snow sticks to them. Suddenly, when I look behind me, I’m not sure whether I’m looking at my own footprints or if I’m being trailed by the Abominable Snowman.

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When is a dog’s tongue like a dog’s tongue?

07.01.2014 - by

The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent native to Madagascar that thrives in direct sunlight and loamy or sandy soil – a great option for low-maintenance gardens, rock gardens or even container gardens.

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Quiz: which dog is right for your garden?

03.01.2014 - by

Brits love dogs. There are 8.5 million dogs as pets in the UK, representing around 25% of households. We also love gardens. But these two loves are not always very compatible.

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Feed the birds, tuppence a bag

30.12.2013 - by

Over half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden – and lots more have nest boxes for birds. But if you want to encourage bird life in your garden, then there are four questions you should ask: What should I feed them?

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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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Garden-music: songs to sing to your plants (part 1)

29.12.2013 - by

Experiments have shown that plants flourish when played music (well certain types, anyway. According to this experiment, if you want your astroemerias to be resistant to disease and to flower well, you should play Black Sabbath music). So the dedicated gardener will play or sing music to their plants – and we’ve come up with some of the best (and worst) garden-related song choices.

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Shared gardening - connect over carrots

28.12.2013 - by

For city dwellers, the thought of eating home-grown vegetables and enjoying a well-organised, tidy garden seem but a remote dream…

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Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was… Echeveria?

28.12.2013 - by

Our plant of the week is the Echeveria. Maybe not the prettiest but definitely one of the coolest. Her name is dedicated to a Mexican plant illustrator from the 18th century.

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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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The Pest of the Year: Algae

23.12.2013 - by

If we can only choose one pest that made the news this year in dramatic fashion, then it goes without saying that we’ll choose alge. During the summer, the largest ever recorded algal bloom turned the Yellow Sea in China green – over 11,000 square miles of algae was recorded, and more than 19,000 tonnes of growth had to be removed from beaches.

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My Fake Plants Died

20.12.2013 - by

From march 2010 until february 2011 the artist formed one new text on the wall of Kiasma museum every week.

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In the bleak midwinter… find Eden

19.12.2013 - by

What about visiting a gardening or nature exhibition during those fading winter days? We've selected a few exhibitions you might like. We do.

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Klaus Pichler „Just the Two of Us“

18.12.2013 - by

You can’t help but smile when you look at Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler’s latest collection, Just the Two of Us. For this project Klaus visited owners of elaborate costumes and took photographs of them wearing them in their own homes. Not everyone has an alien costume, so we asked Klaus how he met all those people that he then photographed for his project.

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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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Iggy Pop: The Gardener

16.12.2013 - by

It turns out that the Real Wild Child is really into the wild – Iggy Pop, godfather of punk rock, likes gardening. He’s even got a vegetable garden: “I got the idea from Michelle Obama,” he said, “because she has a vegetable garden in the White House.” If that’s not surreal enough for you, then you can watch this youtube video of Iggy Pop wandering around his garden.

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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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Of birthdays and gardens: Judi Dench turns 79 today!

09.12.2013 - by

It’s Judi Dench’s birthday today and to celebrate, why not watch a youtube video of her talking about one of her favourite places, Hever Castle in Kent? Judi says that her family often visits: “We come to it in all weathers, in all seasons, and this is where we recharge our batteries.”

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Top 5 veggies for the balcony

05.12.2013 - by

If you have a balcony, here are our tips for the top five vegetables to start your urban organic allotment.

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The miniature world of bonsai

04.12.2013 - by

There's something incredibly enchanting about bonsai trees. Perfect miniature replicas of giant trees we could never normally consider growing in our gardens, never mind keeping in our homes.

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The Top 5 easy to grow houseplants

03.12.2013 - by

We're not all born with green fingers, in fact some of us seem cursed when it comes to looking after houseplants.

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A study that brings meadows to urban environments

28.11.2013 - by

You'd usually associate a flower meadow with a countryside location, but a new project undertaken by scientists from four universities is seeing meadows created in urban areas.

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More plants, more productivity!

27.11.2013 - by

Imagine this: you’ve been sentenced to spend forty years sitting in an airless room, facing the same direction and clicking certain small buttons over and over again in a set order. You have nothing but a hard, bare table and an uncomfortable chair. If you don’t click enough buttons you’ll be disciplined.

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4 misconceptions about vegetables

27.11.2013 - by

There are some facts about vegetables that we were taught when we were children, so we just presume they are true, however, even the world of vegetables is full of myth and misconception...

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Brighten up your winter woollies

14.11.2013 - by

In this chilly weather it's great to get wrapped up warm, but winter clothes can often look a little drab. Not with this little tutorial...

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Bamboo Bench – the ultimate green garden seating

08.11.2013 - by

Taking his inspiration from a photograph kept from his childhood, depicting men sitting on bundles of Papyrus to transport it, Gal Ben Arav from Israel has created this stunning, functional and environmentally friendly garden bench.

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Brighten up your succulents with vintage cans

07.11.2013 - by

Succulents are great plants to grow. They don't need much watering, so they're perfect if you're the type of person who forgets to tend to their house plants, and they're good looking too.

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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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Flower of the Week – Alstroemeria

23.10.2013 - by

Alstroemeria is a gorgeous flowering plant that's also known as Peruvian lily and lily of the Incas as although it isn't a lily, it does have a similar look.

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Let your garden ease your insomnia

22.10.2013 - by

There's nothing worse than lying awake at night being unable to sleep. You can try counting sheep but does that ever really work?

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Take a Trip to the Tree Hotel

21.10.2013 - by

If you're looking for a hotel that's a little out of the ordinary, then the Tree Hotel will exceed all your expectations.

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The Gravity Defying Sky Planter

18.10.2013 - by

Turn your perception of potted plants upside down with this fabulous planter from boskke. Having plants in your home can really brighten up a room, but they can take up space.

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How to plant crocus bulbs

16.10.2013 - by

The crocus is one of the first plants to show its face in the new year. Usually white, purple or yellow , these small plants are a sure sign that spring is on the way.

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Learn to love your dandelions

11.10.2013 - by

Dandelions in your lawn can be a nightmare. They're very hard to get rid of and they spread like crazy.

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