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Many of us will be familiar with Helleborus Niger, the Christmas Rose.  It’s English name however is a bit of a myth as it is rarely in flower before late winter in our gardens. Helleborus Niger Christmas Carol however can be in flower from Christmas through to mid spring. This evergreen, hardy perennial will provide[…]

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This beautiful, exotic plant is sometimes also known as Justicia rizzinii or Justicia floribunda. Despite it’s common name it is not a Fuchsia at all but does originally hail from Brazil.  It bears it’s scarlet and yellow tropical, pendulous blooms non stop throughout the winter and spring months when most other plants are at their[…]

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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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