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Top 10 Bee-Friendly Flowers at the Villas!

Top 10 Flowers I have assembled a list of the top 10 flowers at the Villas (plus one for good measure) in alphabetical order that have been attracting the most pollinating insects, mostly bumblebees, in June: Achillea Aqualegia Creeping Buttercup Foxglove Geum Hardy Geranium Lupin Ox-Eye Daisy Rosa Rugosa Thyme (by far the most popular)…

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Five tips for gardening in tight spaces

Small space gardening It’s gardening season, and for many of us that means it’s time to get new and exciting plants in the ground to tend for the next few months. Indeed, during this time of year you’ll find a nearly endless stream of advice about which flowers and vegetables are best for your home…

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Top five flowers to grow on a budget

If you’re after value for money when you’re choosing which ornamentals to grow in your borders, here’s my own personal top five (and why) in no particular order: Linaria About this time last year, when I was stocking up my new Secret Garden on a Pound Zero shoe string budget,  I spotted a tall leggy…

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10 best drought tolerant plants (in no particular order)

Water, water everywhere …but still the drought ‘rains’ supreme! I know, I know – it’s been raining for over a month now but in the East of England we’re still officially in the middle of a drought and the hose pipe ban remains in place. At times like this it’s pointless trying to fight nature…

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5 Favorite Garden Magazines

Pruning Roses Yesterday I found myself rooting out my pile of gardening periodicals to check out how to prune roses. It didn’t take me long to find what I needed as Be proud of your Roses – grow the roses of your dreams with our expert tips and advice shouted out loud and clear from…

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