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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

The north of England’s premier flower show opens its doors this week as the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show gets under way – a real celebration of the sheer variety and fun of growing, whether you enjoy flowers, fruit, veg or a combination of them all.

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Agapanthus tips & tricks

These wonderful, spectacular beauties, also known as African lilies, erupt in mid to late summer in a positive fireworks display of blue flowers.

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Plants in your luggage?

A survey has revealed that nearly one in ten people – about 2.5 million holidaymakers – who are planning to travel abroad in the next 12 months would consider bringing a plant back with them.

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Plant of the Week: Sage

Purple-leaved varieties make a sophisticated backdrop for brighter flowers – good partners include tulips, alliums or chives.

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Oxford Street Flower Show

The Wild West End Garden, designed by Kate Gould, won a gold medal at the show and features plants chosen for their ability to purify the air.

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Spring-flowering perennial chores

Early perennials like primulas (including candelabra, denticulata and polyanthus), pulmonaria, brunnera and dicentra are real treasures in the garden, providing a splash of colour soon after winter at the very start of the season, just when you need it most. These stalwart little garden performers arrive in the garden centre here in Thirsk from early autumn, so make a note in your diary to pop in and stock up to fill your borders with colour next spring.

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What to do in your garden in July?

High summer is a wonderful time to enjoy your garden. The kids are off school, you’re in a holiday mood and the sunny days linger long into the evening. Make the most of it and get outside every moment you can with our garden jobs for this month. 

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Plant of the Week: Thyme

It’s said to be one of the herbs in baby Jesus’s manger; young girls would make a potion with it to help them dream of the man they would marry, and thyme patches are also the best place for seeing fairies.

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Tip top lawns

They’ll reward you by providing the perfect setting for your plants as well as seeing you through all the picnics, barbecues and football matches of summer.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in south-west London, the show is the largest in the world, packed with top-class horticulture, fabulous show gardens and a host of inspirational features.

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The anti-slug experiment

“With slugs and snails regularly topping the list of gardener complaints we want to know if home remedies have a role to play or are nothing more than a plantsman’s placebo.”

 

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Liquid feed nutrition

Liquid feeds are perfect for an instant pick-me-up if your plants are looking a little jaded, and you can get them in all sorts of formulations depending on what you want to achieve! 

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