Gardening

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Everything's coming up roses

Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free conditions for growing.

Blooming, beautiful and British

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I've always found that buying flowers is so much less rewarding than growing them myself. When I see a beautiful bouquet, I often consider whether I could replicate its contents in my own garden.

Cost-cutting exercise

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Living in a frost pocket, as I do, it's inevitable that each year I lose plants which are on the tender side, leaving gaps in my beds and borders which need to be filled.

Plants which stand the test of time

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As a man who has lovingly cared for, cosseted and cajoled a plethora of plants into looking their best for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you might think that gardening guru Andy McIndoe might be a little dismissive of some of our old garden stalwarts.

Made in Chelsea

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The buzz has, until recently, been about the royal baby, but when Chelsea kicks off all eyes will be on Prince Harry, whose charity Sentebale is returning to Chelsea with a garden.

First garden impressions count

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So, you want to sell your house? Then there's two things you should know: summer is the best time to do it, and the deciding factor may be your garden.

A touch of frost

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It's so tempting, I know. All those annuals you've sown indoors from seed are now big enough to plant out, the tomato seedlings are doing well and you just want to clear those windowsills, the greenhouse or the conservatory to make a head start on summer.

Love your lawn

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As the weather warms up, the grass will be growing - so you need to get rid of lumps, bumps and bald patches to ensure you have a carpet of green velvet in the months ahead.

How to outwit squirrels

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Some of my prize spring bulbs simply haven't appeared this year, including tulips and crocuses, which I planted in the autumn. The culprits? Grey squirrels.

Fairytales and flowers

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As families enter the wonderful world of Disneyland Paris with its quirky characters, pink castle, fairytale lands and breath-taking parades, few will notice the quality of the plants, the precision cutting of the lawns or the carefully clipped topiary.

Easter gardens to inspire

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When school's out for Easter, it's time for the family to venture outdoors - and there are some great gardens to visit over the holidays, with the added bonus of raising money for charity while you do it.

The Wong way to make crops tastier

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It's all very well joining the 'grow your own' brigade - but what if your tomatoes don't taste sweet, your beans are stringy and your chillis lack punch?

Gardening gifts for mum

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As spring arrives, so do new gardening tools, sundries, gadgets and seeds, which are timely additions to the wealth of possible presents to give your gardening mum on Mother's Day.

Focus on your garden

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Ever thought about how to capture frost-covered holly, close-ups of pretty petals or swathes of woodland bulbs in fading light?

When the chips are down

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Potato aficionados will now have their windowsills awash with trays, on which seed potatoes are being 'chitted', encouraging the sprouts to appear before planting begins in earnest.

Medieval gardening: does it work?

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I've heard of some strange gardening practices over the years, but some of the tips offered in a medieval gardening book which is said to have inspired Henry VIII's lost Great Garden at Whitehall Palace take the biscuit.

A rose isn't just for Valentine's Day...

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I'm not wanting to put a dampener on romance, but I really begrudge my husband paying a fortune for roses on Valentine's Day when the same money could have gone on a living rose that I can plant in my garden and enjoy for years to come.

Beardshaw sows ideas for new trends

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The weather is going to be the telling factor in garden design trends this year, thanks to several years of excessively wet weather and flooding.