It always amazes me that after just a few months respite from gardening I suddenly find myself dreaming of next seasons adventures. Moving the shrub that got too big for the front garden over to the back garden where it will have a bit more breathing room. Or making a list of new vegetables to…

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  "Deck the halls with boughs of holly" is all well and good but between that, baking a gazillion snowman-shaped cookies and making merry at various parties there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of time left for finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. Well for the green thumbs on your list…

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I can barely put a bunch of flowers in a vase let alone make a boutonniere or bouquet so to say I was nervous about doing the flowers for our daughters wedding was an understatement! Thankfully friends came through and showered us with love, flowers and foliage – you can read about all the wonderful…

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Yes you read that correctly – these are new introductions to watch out for next year. As a garden writer I have the opportunity to test plants in my own garden and containers before they are released to the retail nurseries. I suspect passing quality control at the grower's greenhouses may actually be easier than…

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There is a saying, usually ascribed as an African proverb which says "It takes a village to raise a child". Well I'd like to take some poetic license with that and say "It takes a village to prepare for your child's wedding". Anyone who has ever been involved in planning for a wedding knows there…

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