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Choosing an artificial Christmas Tree

Published: 21st November, 2018
Artificial christmas trees

Ever since the late 19th Century when the tradition of the Christmas tree really took off, people have been developing artificial alternatives. The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany and were made using goose or ostrich feathers that were dyed green. These feather extravaganzas were highly fashionable in the Edwardian period. Artificial trees…

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What to do with all those leaves?

Published: 7th November, 2018
Leaf mould

Nothing should go to waste in the garden and fallen leaves are no exception. At this time of year there are fallen leaves everywhere. Even those of us with very few trees find a substantial quantity in our gardens, where they get blown into every nook and cranny. This autumn glut can be a gardener’s…

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Spooky goings on at Henry Street – Pumpkin time!

Published: 24th October, 2018
Pumpkins for Halloween at Henry Street

Halloween is a time of celebration and spookiness. It’s nearly upon us, and supermarkets, greengrocers and garden centres, including Henry Street, are filled with walls of orange pumpkins and scary costumes. Modern Halloween dates back over 2000 years to the Irish festival Samhain, an ancient Celtic religious celebration to honour dead ancestors. This was celebrated…

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Autumn and Winter Bedding Plants

Published: 10th October, 2018
Ready planted winter bedding containers

When summer flowering plants come to an end, the garden can start to lose its colour and need some brightening up.  Early Autumn is the ideal time to plant winter bedding plants, perfect for adding life to your garden during the winter months. Most winter bedding remains dormant during the coldest part of the winter and will flower in…

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Growing fruit trees successfully

Published: 26th September, 2018
Successful fruit tree growing

Imagine growing and picking your very own delicious fruit. Well why not? Autumn is the ideal time to plant fruit trees as they are available as dormant bare rooted plants which makes handling them exceptionally easy.  You don’t necessarily need huge amounts of space to create your own little orchard – there are plenty of…

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Autumn feeding in your garden

Published: 12th September, 2018

Many gardeners think of spring and summer as the principal feeding season for their plants. But in the UK where we experience relatively mild, wet winters, even though growth does slow down our plants do continue to grow and develop using energy to establish roots instead of flowers, fruit or leaves and therefore require an…

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Sedum – Planting for autumn colour

Published: 29th August, 2018
Growing sedum

If you are looking for a perennial that is exceptionally easy to grow and gives a long lasting beautiful colour flowering display well into Autumn, then Sedum is an ideal choice. Its structure even adds interest into the Winter months. Sedum, commonly known as Stonecrops, vary greatly in colour and size, as well as in…

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Deadheading, harvesting & maintenance of the garden in August

Published: 15th August, 2018
Deadheading & garden maintenance in August

August is the month of the year when our gardens probably get the most use. The schools are out for summer and the children spend time outside playing, the weather is warm and it’s the height of BBQ season. With so much going on outdoors we all want our gardens to look their best and that…

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All Year Round Beauty with Heuchera

Published: 1st August, 2018

Heuchera, also commonly known as Coral bells, are highly adaptable, easy to care for perennials that can bring colour to any area of the garden.  They come in all shapes and sizes and literally hundreds of stunning colours including bronzes, golds, oranges, yellows and limes, reds, purples and blacks to classic greens. Many feature beautiful…

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Handling the Heatwave – Garden Watering

Published: 18th July, 2018
automatic watering system

Cor what a scorcher of a summer! And the current heatwave seems to be showing no signs of abating. Though many of us here in the UK are loving the unusual weather, our garden plants are not so keen. The challenge for us gardeners is to keep plants alive and healthy as the temperatures continue to soar…

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