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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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  The collections below have been put together by the expert eye of presenter and writer Sarah Raven, taking the guesswork out of putting together your own combinations for your winter/spring containers.  The colours have been mixed as if by an artist and all the plants have been tested previously in Sarah’s garden at Perch[…]

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  Chitting potatoes is one of the year’s easiest jobs. It simply involves encouraging your seed potatoes to send out sprouts (chits).   Seed potatoes can be purchased from January onwards, if not before.  Always buy certified virus-free tubers.  It is unwise to use tubers you have saved from a previous crop as these can[…]

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There are jobs to be done in the garden even in the depths of winter.  However, on the dullest, darkest and frostiest days, even the hardiest horticulturist finds it preferable to stay indoors with their hands wrapped around a warm cup of tea.  On these days there is much that can be achieved from the[…]

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  Poinsettias – all you need to know Poinsettias are the traditional houseplants that adorn our Christmas floral displays. They are more properly called Euphorbia Pulcherrima and are members of the Spurge family. They are indigenous to Mexico and Central America in the deciduous tropical forests. The common English name Poinsettia is derived from the[…]

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