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The dreaded slugs can be the bane of the gardener’s or allotment holder’s life, munching away at our prized flowers and crops while we are in our beds. The vile creatures can also carry lungworm parasite that can be extremely harmful to our dogs. Controlling them can be difficult as many of our garden chemicals[…]

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The alluring flowers of this delightful new breeding caught my eye the moment  I saw them. The flower shape is completely unique in Begonias. Ideal for patio containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, the cascading stems will cover the edges of baskets and containers providing a glamorous summer long display. For years the growers have[…]

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  As soon as I saw this plant in the catalogue I fell in love with it.  Busy Lizzie ‘Wild Romance’ is in my opinion the best double flowered Busy Lizzie on the market.  But what is different about it? We have had double flowered  Busy Lizzies available for many years.  Well this one is[…]

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Whether you are an avid seasoned gardener or a novice there is always new things to be learnt and events to be enjoyed.  Here we bring you a range of courses and events arranged by the renowned TV presenter and garden and food writer Sarah Raven.  From cut flower gardening to vegetable gardening there is[…]

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Begonias have been voted a plant favourite in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards. Visitors to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey were asked to vote for their favourite from 84 new varieties trialled over the summer, with the basket and bedding classic securing the top two spots. The pink-frilled petals and lemony[…]

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Pansies are a key ingredient of our autumn, winter and spring garden displays, whether it be in containers or borders.  Their bright, happy blooms add colour at a time when few other plants are in flower. Below are a handful of varieties that I would recommend from the online catalogues for this season.   Pansy[…]

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