Blue Daisy Garden Diary – April/May 2020

Garden Design Quick Tip: Repetition Through Form by Nicki Jackson

Repetition is one of those key elements of garden design that helps achieve that goal of unity in a garden. While unity is the harmonisation of the whole, repetition is part of unity and there are many ways of using repetition in a garden design. […]

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Mercia Landscapes Article – February/March 20

Mercia Landscapes Celebrates 40 Years in Business!

Tony Keogh, owner of Mercia Landscapes has been providing landscaping and garden services in Coventry and Warwickshire for 40 years. Tony’s nephew, Kevin, is also employed by the family run business which has a reputation for high standards of work and attention to detail, to make your outdoor space a lovely place to spend time and entertain. […]

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Gardening: Plant Hunters Article – February/March 20

Perfect Primulas by Martin Blow

The name primula comes from the Latin for “first” and the native Primrose (Primula vulgaris) is a herald of spring in many woodlands. There are many types of primrose, some common and easy and others rare and requiring special conditions. This month I’m going to focus on some I’ve found easy enough for most gardens provided you meet the general requirement for a moist soil and some shade from the hot sun. […]

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Interiors Column – February/March 20

Back To Black by Katherine Sorrell

Sophisticated, intense and eye-catching – use black in your interior to create drama, interest and on-trend style.

Although it goes against convention, when employed with thoughtfulness and flair the use of black in an interior can be surprising and successful. […]

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Blue Daisy Garden Diary – February/March 20

20 For The 20s by Nicki Jackson

It’s that time of year and chances are you’re starting to think about your garden. If you’re not sure where to take it we thought that with the start of a new decade it would be fun to have a go at predicting some of the garden trends and practices we’d expect to be seeing over the next decade. It might help inform some of the decisions you make in your own garden. So, in no particular order here are our 20 for the 20s. […]

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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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