Which colours will dominate this year’s Chelsea gardens and plant displays? We’ve been scanning the plant lists as they’re released by the designers, and as things currently stand, the dominant colour is…TweetRead more →
The water vole, best known to so many of us as Ratty of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, is under threat here in Britain and needs our help, says the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), which is calling for volunteers to join its newly-launched National Water Vole Monitoring Programme.TweetRead more →
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The gardens of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, are alive once more with the beginnings of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Flatbed lorries laden with tentage and trees, timber, aggregates and tools are the first to arrive, together with the neon-coated, hard-hat and metal toecap-booted men and women who are ready for duty, turning the first sods of earth and starting to build the show gardens and displays that are bound to delight and amaze us for five incredible days in three weeks’ time.
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Design has London Design Week, fashion has London Fashion Week and, now, craft has London Craft Week (LCW). With the aim of bringing centuries-old skills into the limelight to demonstrate their continuing relevance, this new event is a celebration of craftsmanship, introducing innovative talent alongside old, while challenging, inspiring and educating visitors about craft and the processes behind it demonstrated by the makers themselves.TweetRead more →
Herbs are easy to grow, whatever the size of your garden. They are also a vital ingredient in any haven for bees, our ecological heroes. Make your garden bee-friendly with these 10 of the best aromatic, ornamental and flavoursome herbs and reap the dividends for yourself by using the tasty stems, leaves and flowers in your culinary concoctions.
You can also do your bit to help protect our bee population by taking part in the Great British Bee Count 2015 (1st-31st May). Last year, more than 830,000 bees were counted, and this year, it’s hoped that even more will be seen as more and more gardeners have risen to the challenge and planted the nectar- and pollen-rich flowers so vital to the bee’s survival.TweetRead more →
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It is hard to think of a more evocative phrase in the domestic lexicon than the words ‘pure linen’. The very mention of this natural, flax-based fabric conjures up a catalogue of tantalising images. Draped across tables, crisp, fragrant and durable linen embodies our contemporary yearning for a more natural, organic type of luxury that is the antidote to a modern technologically-driven world.
The Homes & Gardens decorating team have just arrived back in the UK after a week spent on location in Venice – often described as the most beautiful city in the world. We can’t wait to see what stunning images our stylists Emma Thomas and Ali Brown have been working on, and if these gorgeous instagram photos that the team have taken are anything to go by, then we reckon we’re in for a treat!TweetRead more →