Most Common Rose Diseases
Oct19

Most Common Rose Diseases

When growing any plant, there are various things that can go wrong. Roses are no exception. In fact, these exquisite plant species are often the most susceptible to both rose diseases and pests. Knowing the signs and how to treat these ailments is a must if you wish to encourage healthy growth. Preventing rose diseases To encourage healthy roses, it’s always a good idea to pick disease-resistant varieties. Despite costing a...

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All you Need to Know about Pruning Roses
Jul25

All you Need to Know about Pruning Roses

Roses are an asset to our homes and gardens; however people tent to steer clear of them under the misconception that they are difficult to maintain. This is far from the case and pruning roses doesn’t have to be a difficult or intimidating task. In fact, there are a number of tips to make pruning more effective… Why Prune Roses? Colder temperatures have the tendency to produce unattractive, mottled blossoms, with yellowing...

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7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden
May28

7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden

Just as we would save water in the home, it is important to conserve it in the garden too. Why? Firstly, to save money (especially if like 40% of the population, you are on a water meter) and secondly, because when in high demand, an astounding 70% of our water supply can be used to quench our gardens’ thirst alone. Here we have listed seven ways to minimise the use of water in our gardens. 1. Water at the right time A large number of...

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7 Essential Rules for Planting Tulips
Apr27

7 Essential Rules for Planting Tulips

Tulips are a great addition to the garden, as they add colour, vibrancy and structure to any outdoor space – especially as they’re available in an array of different hues, including pinks, purples, reds, crimson, yellow, orange and white. Regardless of whether they’re planted in pots, containers or in the ground, they’re a green-fingered connoisseurs’ perfect companion! However, as with all flowers and shrubs,...

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10 Ways to use Succulents to Decorate your Home
Mar29

10 Ways to use Succulents to Decorate your Home

Succulents, with their lush green shades and unique textures, are an ideal option when it comes to home décor. Here we list a number of surprising ways to experiment with these distinctive plants. 1. A centrepiece with a twist When creating a centrepiece for a table or mantle, most think to use flowers. However, a box brimming with succulents will not only last longer, it will add an instant injection of colour to the home. An...

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How to Make your Own Flower Food and Plant Fertilizers
Feb15

How to Make your Own Flower Food and Plant Fertilizers

Every green-fingered connoisseur knows that healthy soil equals healthy plants. Ensuring your soil is enriched is therefore a must! However, fertilizer can be extremely expensive and store-bought products can contain a number of chemicals, some of which are harmful to the environment. This is one of the reasons many believe home gardens to be an extremely expensive hobby. Fortunately, if you learn how to make your own fertilizer, this...

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Mother of Thousands Plant
Nov11

Mother of Thousands Plant

The Mother of Thousands plant (also known as Kalanchoe daigremontiana) is a striking foliage houseplant native to the tropics of Madagascar. When positioned indoors, the flowers rarely bloom; however it’s the baby plantlets that continually appear on the tips of the large leaves that are the most attention-grabbing part of this plant. Caring for a Mother of Thousands In order for this plant to bloom, it needs good drainage. It is...

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Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden
Jul05

Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden

Whether you wish to brighten up your entire outdoor space, or quite simply your day – you can guarantee a summer garden bursting at the seams with fragrant, floral displays will do just that. From plants that require a great deal of attention to flowers that require minimum maintenance, there are a number of styles, shades and types of flowers to choose from – which you opt for will usually depend on both your lifestyle and the space...

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All You Need to Know about Ranunculus
Jun09

All You Need to Know about Ranunculus

The Ranunculus flower comes from a family of 600 species. Family members include Spearworts, Buttercups and Water Crowfoots to name but a few. The petals are quite often highly glossy, especially on the yellow variants of this plant. Many Ranunculus species provide food to various plants and animals, whilst others are popular ornamental flowers – especially the brighter and bolder versions. Water Crowfoots This particular species of...

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Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination
May28

Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination

Even our gardens need a little help from Mother Nature every now and again, so read on to learn more about the best plants for pollination… Aster x frikartii In early summer to autumn, butterflies often sunbathe as they feed on these perennial daisy-like blooms. Laden with pollen and nectar, they are tremendously popular with a wide range of different insects. Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) Boasting a series of slender cones, each...

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