Friday, 30 November 2018  |  Alison
December in the garden

Not every gardener has time to get into the garden during December, especially when Christmas is just around the corner and there are numerous other interruptions to take our attention, not to mention all the tasty mince pies on offer. But just a short time in the garden every day can be hugely useful as well as satisfying.

Although temperatures and light levels are much lower in December, there should be plenty of fine days too and the health benefits of fresh air are so important to our well-being. Even a walk around the garden can lift the spirits, so pop on a thick jumper, a hat and a scarf and get out there.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018  |  Alison
Survival tips for houseplants at Christmas

Christmas Cactus, Poinsettias, Gardenias, Cyclamen, Azaleas and Orchids (Phalaenopsis & Cymbidiums) are some of the best known houseplants given to friends and family during the Christmas season, and they are all too often left to their own devices as the festivities take over, so I have put together some survival tips below for you to take help you take care of your houseplants.

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Monday, 19 November 2018  |  Alison
The Jagiellonian University Botanic Garden in Kraków

I visited this fascinating garden whilst on a recent trip to Kraków in Poland and really didn’t know what to expect but as soon as I went through the unassuming side entrance, I realised that I would need at least a full day there just to soak up the history of the place and gaze at all the array of plants and trees….

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Thursday, 1 November 2018  |  Alison
Kraków, Poland….. Auschwitz-Birkenau and its gardening connections

Organising a city break for two, who have differing interests, can be downright tricky, so when Kraków was mentioned recently and discovering there was a sizeable botanical garden to explore, I was keen.

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