Home Products – October/November 21

Fan The Flames

Even though 95% of UK homes are centrally heated and a fire isn’t necessary, there is something mesmerising and cosy about a flickering flame.

An open fire or a wood burner will give the best aesthetic, but both options come with a number of downsides: wood-burning is the single biggest source of small-particle air pollution in the UK, you need to store wood and coal, there’s the mess and you will need to do a certain amount of maintenance e.g. chimney sweeping. […]

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Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – October/November 21

Hesperantha Coccinea by Martin Blow

Hesperantha are one of those lovely late bloomers that surprise and delight us gardeners every autumn with their stunning show of brightly coloured flowers whatever the weather. […]

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Interiors Column – October/November 21

A Guide To Wooden Floors by Katherine Sorrell

Laminate or solid, engineered or reclaimed, timber flooring is a classic choice.

Preparing for a new timber floor

Timber floors can be fitted anywhere, although they’re often not advised for bathrooms or other wet areas, where it’s best to stick to high-quality engineered wood. Insulate the sub-floor and consider what effect the new flooring will have on your final floor level. When fixing boards down, avoid pipes and wires running beneath the existing floor. […]

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Blue Daisy Garden Diary – October/November 21

Do I Have To Repeat Myself? By Nicki Jackson

Ask any garden designer what they are trying to achieve with a garden and hidden behind a client’s wish list and a certain style or theme you’ll usually find words like harmony, unity, proportion, scale, rhythm and balance lurking there too. They might not be words that immediately come to mind when you’re thinking about planning your own garden but chances are high that all of the gardens you love have these main garden design principles very firmly at their core. […]

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Alan Titchmarsh Column – October/November 21

Green Fingers…The Alan Titchmarsh Column

He’s a brilliant presenter, accomplished gardener, talented novelist and all-round horticultural inspiration; and this month, as autumn works its way into our outdoor spaces, Alan Titchmarsh explains why variety is the spice of life, even in the garden! […]

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Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – August/September 21

Crocosmia – Stars of the Late Summer Garden by Martin Blow

Crocosmia are better known as “Montbretia” in Britain and have often had a bad name as invasive plants. However, there are lots of choice varieties that are less spreading and worthier of their other common name, “Falling Stars”, after their cascade of brilliant, fiery, starry flowers. […]

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Interiors Column – August/September 21

Planning An Outdoor Kitchen by Katherine Sorrell

Why not up your garden cooking game and upgrade from a simple barbecue to a full-on al fresco cooking station?

Before you start

You shouldn’t need planning permission for an outdoor kitchen, but if you live in a listed building or a conservation area, it is worth checking with your local authority. Consider whether neighbours may be affected – by smoke, for example, or additional lighting – and discuss your plans with them to avoid any problems. […]

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Home Products – August/September 21

Bring The Indoors Out by Katherine Sorrell

Turn your garden into a fully functioning outdoor living room… […]

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NGS Summer Openings – August/September 21

Private View: Glorious NGS Gardens Open By Arrangement

Within the growing family of Warwickshire NGS garden owners, you will find a group which takes particular pleasure in welcoming visitors into their exceptional gardens by special arrangement on a pre-arranged date. […]

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Blue Daisy Garden Diary – August/September 21

Top Tips And Choices For Low Retaining Walls by Nicki Jackson

A sloping site tends to be the main reason we encounter for requiring retaining walls, but the need for them does crop up quite often so we thought it might be worth looking at them briefly just in case you’re thinking of having one built! […]

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