Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – December 19/January 20

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener…by Martin Blow

I’m not a fan of lawns, although I do appreciate the dedication and effort it takes to create a green sward to be proud of. I much prefer ornamental grasses planted in my border for the year-round show they put on.

There are lots of different grasses to choose from. Most are easy to grow and well behaved but it is worth doing some research as there are some rampant invaders in the world of grasses! […]

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Interiors Column – December 19/January 20

Traditional Christmas Style by Katherine Sorrell

Our top tips for festive decorating to create a warm and welcoming look.

A wreath on the front door

A front-door wreath provides a wonderful festive welcome. There is an enormous variety of ready-made wreaths to choose from, or make your own, using leaves, flowers and seed heads from the garden. […]

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Blue Daisy Garden Diary – December 19/January 20

Green – Making The Most Of Nature’s Neutral by Nicki Jackson

Green – we see it everywhere. Not only is it the predominant colour of nature but also, because of its position on the visible colour spectrum of light, it is the colour most readily seen by the human eye (ranging from yellow-green during the day (555 nanometers) and blue-green (505 nanometers) at night time). This ease of visibility makes for relaxing and restful viewing and being at the mid-point of the colour spectrum it also makes green a harmonising, balancing colour; true green being neither warm nor cool. When it comes to gardens and landscapes green joins the other ubiquitous neutral colours of black, white, grey/silver and shades of brown. […]

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Technology Review – October/November 19

Things That Go Bump In The Night

How to protect your tech from disaster

Ghosts aren’t the only thing we need to worry about over Halloween: there’s also the ever-present risk of dropping or damaging your device. Whether it’s lumps, bumps or ending up underwater, all kinds of horrors can affect our phones, tablets and laptops. […]

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Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – October/November 19

The Late Show by Martin Blow

Autumn in the perennial garden is a time when colour slowly ebbs away into browns and russets of fading leaves. But there are still some easy to grow perennials that are continuing to flower and are ideal for injecting some zing into October, November and possibly beyond. […]

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Interiors Column – October/November 19

Fab Floors by Katherine Sorrell

From traditional wooden boards to soft carpet, funky rubber to classic stone, flooring is fundamental to a room’s look and feel. […]

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Home Products Column – October/November 19

Add Colour And Interest With A Rug by Katherine Sorrell

A great starting point for a decorative scheme, rugs come in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes, textures and colours, patterns and prices. […]

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Blue Daisy Garden Diary – October/November 19

Digging The Dirt by Nicki Jackson

Within our lifetime there is a very real possibility that in parts of the UK the backbone of our green and pleasant land – the soil itself – will have had its fertility eradicated. The UK is not alone, it’s a worldwide problem, and it’s a human caused one. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation predicts that if we continue to degrade the planet’s soil at the rate we are now the world may well run out of topsoil in around 60 years. […]

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Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – August/September 19

Some Like It Hot by Martin Blow

We all remember the old fashioned Red Hot Poker plants with their tall, impressive heads of flower, red at the top and yellow at the bottom and great mounds of leaves, flowering away in a neglected spot in the garden. They are certainly eye-catching and they have come a long way from these gaudy giants with lots of colours and sizes now available for every type of garden. […]

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Interiors Column – August/September 19

Make Your Home Office Work Harder For You by Katherine Sorrell

Make working from home less of a chore by designing a room that’s functional and attractive. […]

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