• A fruity something for Father's Day

    Father's Day

    Sunday June 15th is Father's Day - a day which is meant for us to give thanks for our fathers/grandfathers/fathers-in-law etc. This year, why not give Dad something to truly make him smile.
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  • A few garden jobs for April

    April Jobs

    April is such an exciting month in the garden; colour has returned with all the glorious spring bulbs, seeds are sprouting, and that bright flush of lime green new growth lights up the trees and hedgerows.

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  • A Landscape in Bloom - Cherry Blossom in Japan

    February Jobs

    The blossom on the cherry trees is one of the true delights of spring. In April and May clouds of beautiful delicate flowers ranging from the purest white to the most intense coral pinks adorn the trees in vast numbers, a truly magical and breathtaking sight.

    Their beauty has much cultural significance the world over, but is perhaps most commonly associated with the rich cultural heritage of Japan.
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  • A few garden jobs for February

    February Jobs

    Spring is just around the corner, and blooms are already starting to appear – daffodils and crocuses seem to be popping up all over the place. Where does the time go?

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  • Looking back at 2013; a good year for wildlife!

    In many ways 2013 has been a very good year. After a long cold spring we finally had a summer to remember. Our native spring flowering plants benefited from an extended flowering period. For the first time in two years there was an abundance of butterflies. Many of our fruiting trees and shrubs produced a bumper crop. We even had memorable fungi filled Autumn.

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  • Our Top Tips For The Season

    We are offering our favourite top tips for this time of year. It’s one way to reduce your waistline after a period when it is traditional to be over-indulgent.

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  • Create a winter wonderland


    Winter pruning

    Plants with colour and form are key ingredients
    in a bright, uplifting winter garden

    The lyrics to "In the bleak midwinter" don't offer the best encouragement for getting out in the garden. But with a few thoughtful planting choices you can be "Walking in a winter wonderland!"

    The low golden sun shining and sparkling on frosty branches and foliage is a wonder of the season, and is something to be truly celebrated.

    Although you may not want to be out in the garden that much in the depths of winter, it is still important to provide yourself with enticing views from the house.

    Most important are front gardens and pathways to your doors. These are places that - in rain, sleet and snow - you'll be passing through on a daily basis.

    And it's where you welcome your visitors. These are places you want to feel proud of, and to get great enjoyment from, in all seasons.
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  • Get planting for National Tree Week 2013!


    National Tree Week

    National Tree Week 2013 runs from 23 November
    through to 1 December on Online Reputation Management ... get involved!

    National Tree Week is the UK's largest celebration of trees, and is organised by The Tree Council.

    Running from 23 November to 1 December it heralds the start of the British tree planting season.

    This countrywide event is a chance for people of all ages to get involved in all manner of fun tree-related events.

    In addition to The Tree Council, events are being organised by local authorities, community groups, schools and tree wardens – so there's likely to be something happening near you.

    The main purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the importance of trees and to inspire hundreds of thousands of people all over the country to plant around a million trees in their local communities.
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  • Autumn colour: Beautiful bark


    Paperbark Cherry

    Gorgeous bark is an autumn treat

    As the stormy autumn winds blow it can be a bleak time of year in the garden, with the last of the leaves being stripped from the trees leaving them exposed and bare.

    In fact it is a magical unveiling, as the architectural form of a tree or shrub is revealed, and with a little planning and careful selection this seasonal transformation can be celebrated.

    There are many species with beautifully coloured and characterful bark that will lift the garden in winter and create a stunning seasonal spectacle.

    And with the low winter sunlight the bold structural forms of colourful branches can shine as brightly as any summer flower border.
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  • Trees for a native autumn harvest


    Autumn larder

    A native autumn harvest – an extra special
    treat when it's from your own trees

    As the leaves start to colour and fall from the trees and the cooling air is heavy with the smell of wood smoke there is nothing more gratifying than getting wrapped up and going out to gather the season's harvests.

    Autumn is a most plentiful time of year. Along the hedgerows and verges plump ripe fruits hang from wayward trees and nuts crunch underfoot.

    And it's possible to create that natural bounty in your own garden, giving you the benefit of having wonderful ingredients for all manner of culinary delights right on your doorstep – and it's fantastic for wildlife too!

    With a little preparation this stockpile of preserved fruits and nuts will provide throughout the winter when little else is growing in the garden.
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