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5 x great ideas for Father's Day

Father’s day is a day of special celebration. All Fathers around the UK are told to put their feet up and enjoy being treated. From breakfast in bed to a lazy day on the sofa or perhaps a delicious lunch out with family. We have some great gift ideas so you can let your Father know he is a special person and loved lots.

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How to keep your pets free from fleas, ticks and worms?

We are a nation of pet lovers and spend a lot of time and money ensuring they are well cared for, healthy and showered with love. But whilst the garden is flowering beautifully in the summertime, it is the time of year when fleas, ticks and other pet pests are at their highest numbers.

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What to do in the garden in June?

June is a gorgeous month to be out in the garden. With the days at their longest, flowers are blooming everywhere you look, and it’s time to enjoy the first delicious taste of your own home-grown fruit and vegetables. To help you make the most of your garden, here’s our list of the top gardening jobs for June.

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Houseplant of the month: Sunflower

This houseplant of the month can’t be missed due to its lively yellow flowers, static look and gorgeous green leaves. It’s no wonder the Incas used these flowers to symbolise the Sun God. If you want it to be summer inside the house too, the Sunflower is your best companion.

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How to use colour in your garden?

Colour plays a hugely important part of making a garden. The right combination of colours can create a sense of tranquillity, or add excitement and vibrancy to a dull space. Using colour in your garden is easy to do once you know the principles, and it opens up a whole new way of putting plants together.

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Home trend: Indoor Urban Jungle

The indoor urban jungle trend is huge right now, with social media packed full of photographs of apartments and houses adorned with plants. The rise of urban living mixed with our need to be close to nature has no doubt given rise to the indoor urban jungle. There are many ways to create your own style depending on where you live, how much light your house or apartment gets and what plants you love. An indoor urban jungle can be just a corner of the room, a whole room or the entire house. We’ve got a selection of ideas for you to give you some inspiration.

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Enjoy National Children's Gardening Week

From tomorrow, 25th May, to 2nd June National Children’s Gardening Week is a week full of encouraging children to enjoy gardening and plants. It is incredibly important to teach children the importance of gardening, growing your own food and being outside in the fresh air. Gardening can help children learn new skills, understand where food comes from and the importance of wildlife. Also, it can raise self-esteem and confidence and even help with anxiety and social skills. So what can you enjoy in the garden with your children during National Children’s Gardening Week?

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Ladybirds - Nature's garden pest control patrol

The first sighting of ladybirds in spring is a sign for gardeners everywhere to rejoice. These cute little beetles with their cheerful red and black spotted coats are actually voracious predators, and they like nothing better than hoovering up pests such as aphids and scale insects. With each ladybird capable of eating around 5000 aphids in its lifetime, it’s definitely worth getting to know them better.

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6 x plants for shady spaces

Most gardens have shady spaces that can seem hard to fill with lovely, attractive plants but some of the most beautiful garden plants can grow perfectly well in a shady space and even thrive for many years. Make sure you know what your soil conditions are so you can pick the right plants to grow in shade and you can create a colourful spot in the garden even without sunlight. These top 6 plants for a shady space are well worth trying to grow in your garden if you have a shady space.

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Indulge in the Chelsea Flower Show for inspiration

The Chelsea Flower Show (21 - 25 May) is the pinnacle of flower shows in the UK and even around the world. People flock to the Great Hospital site in Chelsea to marvel at the exquisite show gardens, floral marquee and gardening accessories. The start of the week even begins with a show full of celebrities, royalty and media channels producing TV and photographs of this prestigious event. But it’s not all about that, it’s all about the stunning gardens and plants.

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How to identify pests and diseases?

There is nothing more frustrating than finding pests and diseases on your lovely plants after tending to them with love and attention. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimise the risk of plant pests and diseases, mainly ensuring they receive the care that they need. But even after all of your efforts, they can still sneak up on your plants and be a real pain. Plants that are thriving, indoors or outside will not show any signs of yellowing or brown leaves or dry, curly edges. Whilst many of these could also be a sign of not optimum conditions, which in itself can lead to pests and diseases but this is a sign your plants are in distress. Keep a check on watering levels, light levels and make sure you have the right plant for the right place which will help to minimise any problems. So, if you are concerned about pests and diseases on your plants, this guide will help you to identify them.

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Guide to attending and being inspired at a garden show

The garden show season gets going every year in April and apart from the few over the Winter months, it is the time to get some amazing inspiration from the shows for your own garden. However, there are so many shows around the country, which one should you attend and if you only have a day to visit, how do you fit it all in? Our tips should give you a good guide to the shows and ideas for planning your day.

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