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The New RHS Plant Finder is Out PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:40
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12 April 2012

The New RHS Plant Finder is Out

The latest edition of the Royal Horticultural Society's annual publication, RHS Plant Finder 2012-2103 is now available by mail order and from all good bookstores for £15.99. This encyclopaedia of around 70,000 cultivated plants provides the most up-to-date information on where plants can be bought by gardeners looking for their favourites and also for those planning to try some different cultivars.

Among the plants listed, some 3,380 are new to the book this year, which equates to about 5 per cent of the total. Details are also provided of more than 540 suppliers with information such as websites, how best to contact and procedures for ordering by mail.

 
“Snow White” Pure white Blanco Zeus Quartz from Stone Masters PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:19

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Pure white Blanco Zeus Quartz from Stone Masters

Stone Masters, the innovative granite and quartz stone specialists, is proud to showcase its brand new images of the fresh white quartz of Silestone Blanco Zeus.

Stone Masters is the largest online stone fabricator in the UK with over 400 beautiful granite and quartz stones.  Its eclectic collection includes over 300 different quartz surfaces from 10 different quality brands that have been carefully considered to ensure they meet with Stone Masters’ highest standards.

White quartz creates a neutral backdrop to suit any kitchen; allowing home owners to inject their own colour and personality to the room. Silestone Blanco Zeus works effectively in both large and small kitchens to create a bright and airy ambience; increasing the perceived spaciousness by opening up smaller, more compact areas. 

 
Innovative new chimney cowl has the x-factor PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:32

There's a new cowl on the block that really has the X-Factor and which is getting the stove and fire industry talking - FlueCube. Developed in New Zealand and launched in the UK earlier this year, FlueCube offers homes with wood burning stoves an opportunity to light fires faster, burn less wood, provide more heat efficiently and reduce emissions.

Having seen the claims of the manufacturers and rave reviews from customers such as Ian & Caroline Russell who said, "We removed the seized up, so called spinning cowl and replaced it with FlueCube - we noticed straight away that there is less smoke, less downdraft, it burns cleaner and now copes with wet and blustery weather unlike the previous cowl", Craig Foster also decided to put it to the test.

 
Top Tips for Lawn Maintenance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:32

British summertime has officially started and that means it’s time to ensure your garden is in fantastic condition for enjoying those long, warm days.

Having a healthy looking lawn can make all the difference and lawnmowing expert John Hall from Mower Magic, the UK distributor of the Robomow range of robotic lawnmowers, offers some top tips to ensure the grass is greenest on your side of the fence.
 
Fairy Magnolia Blush PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:42

 

Fairy Magnolia Blush is a startling free flowering evergreen bush or hedge, laden with fragrant flowers at this time of year.

 

Reaching mature heights of three to four meters and widths of 1.5 – 2 meters it makes a model hedging shrub for both ornamental and screening purposes and looks stunning presented in a single tub.

With blush lilac/pink flowers from March to May and dark green foliage it is a stunning and robust addition to any garden or conservatory.

Bred in New Zealand by the reputed plant breeder, Mark Jury, the shrub’s evergreen, bushy appearance, winter weather tolerance and general resistance to disease ensures it as a garden staple.

 
Summer-licious Scents from Yankee Candle PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:16

The Scent of a Summer Rainbow

Accentuate your home this summer with the season’s hottest rainbow colours skillfully infused with the zesty fragrance of Yankee Candle®’s new home fragrances.

Each long-lasting fragrance is made with the finest ingredients including pure, natural fragrance extracts which provides a sweet, summer-licious nostalgia to intrigue your senses. The collection of summer fragrances creates an aroma of tropical fruits, perfect for summer nights whether you’re in the tropics or your own living room. Introducing:

Loves Me, Loves Me Not™ - a fresh field daisy with pretty white petals just waiting to be plucked

Pink Dragon Fruit – a colourful and intriguing, sweet aroma of the wonderfully tropical pink dragon fruit

Sicilian Lemon – a bright and sunny citrus, perfectly ripe with a naturally sweet and refreshing scent

Wild Passion Fruit – bright and vivacious, this exotic passion fruit is blended with melon and mandarin

Fruit Frusion™ - Berries, orange and lime make this sunny fruit blend refreshingly tart and sweet

All fragrances are available in the iconic Housewarmer™ Jars with a burn time between 100-150 hours for the large jar, £19.99. Visit www.yankeecandle.co.uk to view the complete collection or telephone 0845 050 2623 for your nearest stockist.

 

 
Trend watch - The Glass of 2012… PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:10

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Trend watch - “The Glass of 2012…”

Contemporary glass furnishings

Decorative glass furnishings and accessories, such as glass framed mirrors and furniture, are set to be a popular contemporary design trend for 2012…

Cut-glass, crushed glass, faceted glass and bevelled glass mirrors; all offer an ultra-glam look in the home and successfully showcase their diverse sparkling qualities against any colour wall or patterned wallpaper.  Modern glass mirror frames retain the ultimate ability to reflect light, especially when wall-mounted.  Placed opposite a window or door, glass mirrors bounce light around the room and help to open up smaller spaces; creating a bright and airy ambience.

 
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Saturday, 07 April 2012 18:12

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Davis Builders uses specialist skills to restore historic Great Dixter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 April 2012 17:39

Kent-based renovations specialist Davis Builders has completed a key phase of work at historic 15th Century country house and garden Great Dixter.

The firm’s highly skilled carpenters and joiners have been working on a phased package of works at the estate in Northiam, designed in part by Sir Edwin Lutyens and famous for its gardens created by the late Christopher Lloyd.

Davis has now finished a major section of the works to deliver an education centre housed in former farm buildings. The centre will allow Great Dixter to share its horticultural expertise through visits by local school children and via adult education courses and seminars.

Attention to detail on the project was paramount, with large amounts of timber work including wood panelling and flooring involved to create a stunning space reminiscent of the main Grade II listed house.

Brick repointing and roofing experts from Davis have renovated the exterior of the farm buildings, which also house staff accommodation and administration offices.

 
Spring your rabbits this Easter – A Hutch is Not Enough PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 April 2012 17:39
It's easy to see why rabbits are the perfect symbol to celebrate spring, beautiful to look at and bursting with life. They are a common sight in our fields and verges; munching on grass, running, jumping and digging. And, according to a UK charity, these behaviours are what we should be looking for in our pet rabbits.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) is the largest UK charity with the aim of improving the welfare of domestic rabbits. This Easter the charity is urging owners to spring their rabbits from the confines of the hutch, into a large secure exercise area of course!.

"What you see in the wild and what you see in the garden is very different," said Richard Saunders, Vet expert advisor for the RWAF. "A lot of people keep a rabbit in a hutch, alone and with no space to exercise. This simply doesn't let them act as they would naturally. Rabbits need to run and jump, and they'd never live alone in the wild."

The charity is promoting its A Hutch is Not Enough campaign, which aims to educate rabbit owners and pet retailers on what rabbits need to lead full and contented lives. It stresses the importance of a large secure enclosure in which the rabbits can run and jump freely. "A Hutch should be a shelter as part of a bigger enclosure, never the sole accommodation," said Richard. "People get much more pleasure from their pet rabbits when they make a bit of effort to give them the life they deserve. And if you’re thinking of getting a rabbit but can’t commit to meeting their needs fully then you should think again."
 
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