Gardening

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Weathering the storm of climate change

British gardens could end up devoid of luscious lawns, with popular plants proving more difficult to grow and plant pests and diseases spreading, according to a new report from the RHS and leading academics into the impact of climate change on gardening.

90 years of open gardens

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Many gardeners and the wider public will be visiting an open garden this year, one which is opened to the public on one or more specific days of the year to raise money for nursing and caring charities.

Love your lawn

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Do we, don't we? Just when you think it's time to get the mower out in the fine spring weather, the heavens open and everything has to be put back inside again.

Gifts for the gardening mum

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Whether you have a hands-on practical mum who loves new gardening tools or a more leisurely mother who prefers flowers and floral scents, there's something for every gardener on Mother's Day.

Pot luck

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Every year I have a number of casualties among my terracotta pots, which end up broken or cracked in the depths of winter.

How to colour your mood

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A spiral of colour is the theme top designer Tom Massey has taken on in his latest show garden which displays the way gardens can enhance your mood and help your wellbeing.

A moving experience

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So, are you one of the millions who can't afford - or choose not - to buy your own property? If you love your outdoor space, it may be time to consider how to move your garden.

School for green fingers

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Not sure how to prune properly? Want a beginner's guide to vegetable growing? Fancy a new career as a garden designer?

Love your gardening Valentine

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The way to a gardener's heart is a green-fingered gift and as Valentine's Day looms, there's no better time to splash out on a patio-perfect present.

Sensational snowdrops

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It's snowdrop season, when garden organisations nationwide open their gates to the public to enjoy these little white beauties in all their glory.

Planting for birds

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No doubt bird feeders and baths will be filled by many of us in the run-up to the annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest garden wildlife survey, which this year takes place from January 28-30.

Heaven scent in winter

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There may be few reasons to venture into the garden at this time of year, but scent is one of them.

Holidays and horticulture

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New Year is the time when we think about booking our holidays - and for the green-fingered, that might include a garden visit or even a garden-themed break.

The plant with staying power

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Already thinking about taking the decorations down? Have your poinsettias started to wilt and is the mistletoe looking tired?

Strange things about plants

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Did you know that poison dart frogs raise their young in tank bromeliads high up in the rainforest canopy? Or that juniper wood once fuelled illicit whisky distilleries?

Perk up your poinsettia

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They are the symbol of Christmas, their traditional red bracts bringing festive cheer to the home - and now Poinsettias come in a range of colours, including light pinks and creams, which would complement more subtle decor.

Perk up your poinsettia

decorative Christmas Poinsettia

They are the symbol of Christmas, their traditional red bracts bringing festive cheer to the home - and now Poinsettias come in a range of colours, including light pinks and creams, which would complement more subtle decor.

Deck the halls with berries and branches

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There are so many bits and pieces from the garden you can use to make festive decorations, from Christmas tree clippings as a base for traditional wreaths, to variegated holly with berries, crab apples, poppy seedheads, euonymus and cones.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

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Since creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Be waterwise this summer

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We may have had the warmest spring on record, but last winter was also the wettest, so we are a long way from a drought and hosepipe ban.