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Home trend: how to keep it cool during summer in your home

When it is hot outside keep it cool during summer with these home trends. It is always lovely to get inside during the heat of the summer to cool off with a jug of fruit water and relax in a fresh colour scheme. Cooling designs are calming, refreshing and relaxing, which is the perfect mix for a lovely home so while you can keep yourself relaxed by drinking plenty of fresh water, use a pretty fan to cool your face and sit in the shade.

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Heat tips for pets

Our heat tips for pets will help you to make sure you look after your pets well during the heat of the summer, and at any other time when the temperature rises. We are a nation of pet lovers, and our furry friends are part of the family, so their welfare is a top priority. Pets can really struggle in the heat if they don’t have what is needed, and so here are some ways to make sure your beloved pets do not overheat.

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Grow Bamboo in the garden

Many gardeners grow bamboo in the garden, as it can provide screening, interest and bring a touch of overseas to the garden. Bamboo looks great in an urban jungle, and some birds really enjoy the tall bamboo and rustling leaves. But there are many things to think about before planting bamboo to make sure it doesn't take over your garden and the neighbours. Our tips below should help you make the right choice for your garden and keep it in check.

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Grow a Lily in your garden

It’s easy to grow a Lily in your garden, with so many varieties to choose from there is one for everyone! From oriental to tree lilies, martagons to trumpet and hybrids - the choice is vast and very exciting. If you would like to grow a beautiful Lily in your garden, check out the below information to get started.

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15x garden tips for June

In June, the days are at their longest. Flowers bloom, bees buzz, and it’s time for the first harvests of fruit and vegetables. Here are our top 15 June gardening tips to keep your garden looking great.

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Houseplant of the month: Calla Lily

This month, the houseplant of the month is Calla Lily. For sheer head-turning glamour, it’s hard to beat calla lilies. With their elegantly curved flowers in colours from deepest purple to blazing orange, they’re a spectacular addition to the summer garden or conservatory. Here’s how to grow and care for a calla lily.

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Garden tips: How to get more out of your herbs

Few things are more satisfying in life than being able to pick your own fresh herbs when you need them. We’ve picked five of our favourite herbs and come up with some top tips to get the best out of herbs from the garden

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Top 10 garden accessories for the summer

As summer approaches it is time to make sure the garden is looking great so you can relax, entertain and enjoy your surroundings. Your garden can be an extension of your home, a place to escape and immerse yourself in nature. Even if you have a balcony or a patio, these garden accessories will help you make the most of your space.

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Home inspiration from online gardening shows

You can still get home inspiration from online gardening shows, even though you can't attend them in person at the moment throughout the pandemic across the world. There are many virtual gardening celebrations, online shows, stores, and social media packed full of garden and home inspiration to keep you full of information and inspiration. Here are a few ways you can still enjoy sprucing up your home from online gardening shows.

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How to take softwood cuttings

Taking softwood cuttings is easy to do, and it’s a great way to make new plants at minimal costs. Softwood cuttings are sections cut from the new young growth of plants and grown into new plants. They should be taken from mid-spring to early summer and potted up by mid-summer at the latest, to give the new plants time to develop roots before winter.

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Make birdhouses

It is excellent to make your own birdhouse, and there are many different ways to do this from recycling old household items to buying some wood or a birdhouse kit and making it yourself DIY style. As long as it is safe, secure, and there is enough room, you are likely to see some of your typical garden birds nesting in no time. If you really want to see what goes on inside the birdhouse as nesting gets underway, there are even wildlife cameras that you can put into the box and watch the egg-laying and hatching action from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ideas for you to make yours.

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Garden plant of the moment: Hydrangea

A foretaste of summer, potted mophead hydrangeas are a popular houseplant gift choice in spring, making a beautiful alternative to cut flowers with their glossy dark green leaves and striking rounded flower heads. Although they’re best grown outdoors, mophead hydrangeas (the botanical name is Hydrangea macrophylla, and they’re also sometimes called hortensias) can be grown as houseplants for a time in spring, then moved outdoors when the weather warms up. If you’ve been given a potted hydrangea, here’s how to take care of it. 

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