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    Happy National Poinsettia Day!

    Happy National Poinsettia Day! Gardeners around the world celebrate our favourite Christmas flower each year on 12 December, paying tribute to this exotic beauty that for many encapsulates the essence of Christmas.

    National Poinsettia Day

    December 12 is the Dia de la Virgen in the plant’s native Mexico, where poinsettias have been used to celebrate Christmas since the 17th century and are known as La Flor de la Nochebuena, or Flower of the Holy Night...

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    Grow microgreens

    Grow microgreens on a bright windowsill indoors and you can keep your green fingers busy right through the winter as well as providing yourself with some really scrumptious freshly picked and home- grown salad greens even when the garden outside is frozen.

    Microgreens

    Microgreens are veg eaten at seedling stage, when they’re extremely tender and the flavour is fiercely concentrated into a little taste explosion, It’s the very latest in cutting-edge c...

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    What to do in the garden in December

    On a brisk, clear December day there’s nothing nicer than working up a warm glow outside in the garden. Here are the jobs you can get on with this month:

    General tasks:

    Clear out old seed packets to make sure you aren’t sowing seed that’s past its best next spring. Treat yourself to new replacements from the seed racks in the garden centre.

    Avoid walking on the lawn on frosty mornings as you can end up damagin...

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    A new pop-up ‘White Garden’ at Kensington Palace is to pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales

    A new pop-up ‘White Garden’ at Kensington Palace is to pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. Inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, spring planting will include tulips and scented narcissi emerging through a carpet of forget-me- nots. In summer, containers of English white roses will bloom around a reflective pool, set off by gently swaying ornamental grasses.

    White Garden At Kensington Palace

    The garden is being planted in the 100-year- old...

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    DECEMBER – HTA PLANT OF THE MOMENT FESTIVE FAVOURITES – HTA THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

    It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to your garden than with two traditional Christmas favourites – Holly and Ivy. Countless cards carry their image, often with leaves touched by frost or covered with a crisp layer of snow, and your garden displays will have even greater appeal.

    These are perfect garden plants, and they’ll provide material for indoor arrangements and table decorations too. What better...

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    Ambassadors for gardening are setting out to enthuse a new generation

    Ambassadors for gardening are setting out to enthuse a new generation with the joys of getting your hands dirty, with the aim of encouraging more young people to take up horticulture as a profession.

    A New Generation of Gardening

    Award-winning garden designer and Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost and young horticulturist Jamie Butterworth are on tour around the country, helping judge the Royal Horticultural Society’s national ‘Green Plan It’ scho...

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    The National Allotment Society (NAS) says it is ‘very disappointed’

    The National Allotment Society (NAS) says it is ‘very disappointed’ about a High Court ruling to allow closure of an allotment site in Watford, near London, to make way for a health complex and housing.

    National Allotment Society

    Farm Terrace Allotments had become a landmark case in the fight to protect allotment sites from the pressure to build more housing, attracting support from concerned gardeners around the country. However, a judge ruled that...

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    The RHS is calling for keen amateur garden photographers

    The RHS is calling for keen amateur garden photographers to enter their best snaps in the RHS Photographic Competition, open until the end of February.

    Calling All Garden Photographers

    Among nine categories you can enter are one specifically for youngsters under the age of 18, and the Greening Grey Britain category to support the charity’s campaign to transform neglected spaces into flower-filled havens. There’s also a category for wildlife in the ga...

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    This year’s autumn colour display has been pronounced ‘beyond spectacular’

    This year’s autumn colour display has been pronounced ‘beyond spectacular’ by one of the country’s leading autumn gardens, the Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

    Autumn Colour

    ‘The arboretum always colours well, but this year I’ve noticed certain individual trees that are looking beyond spectacular with intensely bright colour,’ said director of operations Stuart Priest.

    At Stourhead in Wiltshire, famous for its autumn displays, acers, tul...

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    Store your surplus maincrop carrots

    Store your surplus maincrop carrots to keep them in good condition for eating later in winter.

    Store Carrots for Eating Later in Winter

    Seasoned veg growers sow two types of carrot: sweet, tender early carrots which mature in double- quick time to pull fresh and eat straight away, and slower-maturing maincrop varieties to harvest all at once in late autumn for winter stores.

    Main crop carrots include some of the most delicious varieties there...

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    Planting trees can cut urban air pollution by up to 24%

    Planting trees can cut urban air pollution by up to 24% according to a new study by US think tank The Nature Conservancy.

    Planting Trees

    Researchers measured microscopic particles of pollution near trees and compared them to particulate counts in areas where there were no trees growing. They found levels were between 7% and 24% lower near trees. The study also found that trees caused a ‘cooling’ effect, reducing air temperatures nearby by up to 2°C.<...

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    Results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are in

    Results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are in – and the majority of butterflies are continuing to struggle with populations of most species falling, and some at their lowest numbers since the count began.

    Big Butterfly Count

    More than 36,000 people took part in the count this year, spotting about 390,000 butterflies over the three-week recording period in midsummer.

    The Gatekeeper, Comma and Small Copper butterflies experienced their wor...

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