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Guided tour to stunning gardens in the west of England

Guided tour to stunning gardens in the west of England

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Anyone planning to visit some of the finest gardens in England who has a week to spare should focus on Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. The west of England is home to several arts and crafts style gardens, the type that epitomise all things that people expect from an English garden; plants, borders and cream teas. Hampton Court, Herefordshire Hampton Court is a modern garden created in the grounds of a traditional country estate. It has a contemporary Arts and Crafts feel, lovingly detailed, with tunnels and hidden gardens, mazes and caves to explore. Discover the acres of stunning formal gardens and a kitchen/edible ornamental garden that is a feature worth a visit in its own right. The estate has a manor house that looks out upon a parkland setting in the curve...
How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

Home & Garden
Controlling aphids in the garden, without the use of pesticides or powders and chemical sprays that kill the insect but leave unhealthy chemical residue behind, has gardeners jumping on the "green" bandwagon. What are Aphids Aphids are small pear-shaped insects that come in a variety of colors, with green and black being the most common. Aphids attach themselves to the area of the plant where new growth appears. They reproduce quickly and are voracious feeders. Aphids suck liquid from the plant, dehydrating it and eventually destroying it. Their waste is a sticky shiny residue called honey dew. Ants in the garden are attracted to the honey dew and will actually take aphids as pets. Once they have the aphids securely settled in their ant colony, the ants cut new growth from nea...
How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

Home & Garden
Whether grown in a rose garden or as part of a larger perennial bed, the survival of rose bushes during a harsh winter is a major concern for rose gardeners in northern climates. Protecting rose bushes starts with planting tough roses then developing a rose care plan. Types of Roses Rose species are propagated from wild roses. Shrub roses are hybrid plants bred from rose species. Old roses are from varieties created around the mid nineteenth century. Modern roses include hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers. Roses with a history of harsh winter survival include: -Carefree series shrub roses - hardy repeat bloomers with good pest resistance. -The Explorer series shrub and climbing roses - bred in Canada for winter hardiness. -Rosa ‘William Baffin’ - best hardy climbing rose....
Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

Featured, Home & Garden
These three shrubs are often associated with pioneer gardens and cottage gardens - largely in part because of the edible blooms that added something of value to the kitchen. Roses for Tea, Salads and Gourmet Dishes Fragrant roses have always been enjoyed in cottage gardens and while many gardeners may have heard of "rose-hip jelly", they may not be aware that rose petals are also edible. Most cooks agree that the darker red and pink roses taste best and have a stronger flavor in cooking. Whenever cooking with rose petals, gardeners should be sure to cut the white ends of the petals off because that part is bitter. The most common way to use rose petals in the kitchen is to brew them in a tea. A cup of fresh rose petals can be boiled in a small pot of water to create a tea flav...
Guide to Healthier Gardening

Guide to Healthier Gardening

Home & Garden
In 2001, the EPA removed the broad-spectrum pesticide, Dursban,(which contained Chlorpyrifos, which is related to nerve gas,) from the residential and professional market. In 2004, they phased out Diaznon from the residential market because they found it was more toxic to infants, children and women, than previously understood. Wean your Garden off the Sauce (Pesticides)! When you spray your garden with a broad-spectrum pesticide, you're also killing off sensitive beneficial insects like bees and lady beetles. Once you eliminate the beneficial bugs, surviving pests take hold and freely multiply. Also, historically most pests build up a resistance to the pesticides that used to kill them, so new pesticides have to be created, further contaminating the soil, water and air. Integ...
5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

Home & Garden
Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home, allowing you to enjoy the summer in beautiful new surroundings. In this article, we’ll take a look at five simple ways to update your décor. Re-paint the walls in neutral colours It’s amazing how a lick of paint can completely transform a room! If you have bold colours present on the walls of your living spaces, they may look dated or otherwise dominate the room. Consider redecorating to bring everything back into balance. Neutral colours are always a safe bet, but they’re having a moment right now. Opt for off-white, taupe, and grey hues for a natural ambience. Light, neutral colours also help to brighten a room and provide the illusion of light in small spaces. Update soft furnishings One of the least expensive ways ...