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Wednesday, 13 February 2019  |  Alison
Roses Are Red…….

For many centuries the red rose has been a symbolic gesture of love.

A forerunner of the short four liner poem we quote so readily today in Valentine messages was published in 1784 in Gammer Gurton’s Garland as ........

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Thursday, 7 February 2019  |  Alison
February in the garden

February truly shows the first signs of spring with green shoots of long-awaited bulbs bursting through the cold, hard earth and gathering pace every day. Snowdrops, aconites and miniature iris are in flower bringing joy to patio pots which can be viewed from a cosy spot inside and hellebores are positively glowing underneath deciduous trees and shrubs in the garden borders.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019  |  Alison
East meets West

Japan … a land far, far away. Serene, controlled, precise, rich in colour and organised are all words that I think of when it comes to thoughts of gardens in Japan as well as bonsai, pillar-box red humped bridges spanning reflective pools, colourful Koi-carp, pagodas, raked gravel and azaleas.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019  |  Alison
RHS Plant Hardiness Ratings - Get Into the Zone

Plant hardiness ratings were first introduced in North America, with the publication of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map in 1960. This was designed to help gardeners determine which plants would ‘over winter’ in their particular area of the vast country of the USA, where there are many different climates, from the almost arctic conditions of Alaska in the north, down to tropical climes of Florida in the southern states.

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