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Must-have: a showcase shelf above the settee

A great home trend must have is to have a shelf to use the space above your settee to create a focal point, full of interesting items. Whilst the settee is a place to relax and put your feet up, the space on the wall behind it can be used as a focal point to use the space in the room and decorate it with a current home trend. It’s an especially good idea if you are short on space. Have a read of these tips and ideas to add this great home trend to your living room above the settee .

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It's Squirrel Appreciation Day!

It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day so we have put together some facts and tips all about squirrels to help you appreciate them in your garden and local parks. This time of year can be tough for squirrels, just like other garden wildlife as food can be very scarce and the frozen ground means they may not be able to reach their previously buried food. Have a read of these facts and tips to help your local squirrels and enjoy going outside to feed them.

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How to maintain your garden tools and equipment?

Maintaining garden tools and equipment is essential to their longevity as they can be expensive to purchase in the first place. So it really does makes a lot of sense to look after them. To make sure they last you for many years to come in the garden they’ll need a good clean, sharpen and oil plus some maintenance as and when needed. Read these tips below to help you keep your garden tool in tip-top condition.

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What we can learn from Anne Wareham

Anne Wareham isn’t a ‘conventional’ gardener. In fact, she writes and reports anything other than what you would expect to hear from someone with a beautiful garden in the Welsh borders. Anne can be quick to provoke discussion and challenges thoughts and ideas about gardens and gardening. Self-named as the ‘Bad Tempered Gardener’, here are some points we can learn from Anne, who looks beyond the norm.

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3 DIY ideas to replace your Christmas decoration

After the festivities are over and it’s time to take down the sparkly decorations and Christmas tree, the house can feel a little bit bare. As soon as the Christmas tree has been removed, there is extra space and when the lights come down, it can feel less glitzy. It’s perfect to do some DIY at this time of the year as the evenings are darker and we need to fill in the gap between Christmas and Spring. We’ve put some ideas together to give you some fun DIY goals for the new year!

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Dramatic dogwoods: winter’s best friend

When the days are short and the trees are bare, one plant still glows with colour in the garden – the shrubby dogwood. Dogwoods are part of the Cornus family, a group of deciduous trees and shrubs. While flowering dogwoods are at their best in summer, shrubby dogwoods hide in the background all year, then explode onto centre stage in winter, shedding their leaves to reveal the brilliantly coloured stems beneath.

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What to do in the garden in January?

Are you wondering what to do in the garden during January? It can be a cold month with the worst of the Winter weather so when hibernating is top of the list, make sure you do it with plenty of seed catalogues, garden books and a hot chocolate.

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Something different: Xeriscaping

This style of gardening helps to reduce or entirely remove the need for irrigation! 

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How to improve your soil this time of year?

Wondering how to improve your soil at this time of year? No matter what type of soil you garden with, there are always ways to improve it.

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What we can learn from Christine Walkden

We can learn so much from Christine Walkden, horticulturist and broadcaster with her relaxed, down to earth attitude to gardening. With over 40 years experience, numerous awards, TV and radio work, Christine provides guidance and tips on all things horticultural.

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From Scandinavia with love

Scandinavian themed interiors are based on simplicity, minimalism and functionality from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The style is known for its simple beauty and relaxed, calming environment including clean lines and gentle elegance.

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How to decide on the right Christmas tree?

Let us help you to decide on the right Christmas Tree to make your festivities sparkle this year. From real trees to faux and something totally different, there are many options. So choosing the right one and having the perfect tree can make or break your Christmas decoration style! 

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