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    How to choose and use garden decorations

    Garden decorations such as sculpture and ornaments add interest to the garden all year, complementing the planting in summer and acting as a focal point in winter when plants have died back. Here are our top tips on using garden decorations to add your own personal touch to your garden.

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    How to care for houseplants

    Houseplants add beauty to our homes, and they’re good for us too, helping to reduce stress and boost our moods. To help you keep your houseplants looking their best, we’ve put together some tips on basic houseplant care.

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    Garden plant of the moment: Viburnum

    Whether you’re looking for evergreen structure, winter colour or beautiful flowers, there’s a viburnum to suit your needs. This large group of plants includes evergreen and deciduous shrubs, some with scented winter flowers and others blooming in summer. They’re easy to grow and care for and great for wildlife. Here are three of our favourite viburnums.

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    Which seeds to sow this year

    Choosing which seeds to sow this year can be a tricky decision to make! With so many available in all kinds of colours and varieties, browsing the seed packets on the shelves on in a catalogue can be daunting and exciting all at the same time. Before you become overrun with seeds, here is how we recommend you choose what you want to grow so you know which seeds you need to get your hands on. 

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    Choosing the best toys for your pets

    When choosing the best toys for your pets, it will all come down to quality and make sure you are picking something appropriate for your pets' needs. It could be playtime with something soft and fluffy or a toy that can take big teeth and last a long time. Perhaps your pet needs something to gnaw on, or it might be something as simple as a ball to chase. These ideas and information will help you find the best toys for your beloved pets. 

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    Things to do on Valentine’s Day

    Stuck for ideas on what to do on Valentine’s Day? We’ve put our heads together and come up with our favourite fun and romantic activities to mark this special day. Besides buying your partner the most beautiful red roses, there's much more to do on this special day of love.

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    Get the most out of your Rhipsalis

    Think of its natural origins to get the most out of your Rhipsalis. The fascinating Rhipsalis is an epiphytic cactus native to Central and Southern America. With over 35 species you can find it in many different shapes, textures and flowering colours. It is also known as the Mistletoe Cactus and needs very little care, just a few tips to keep it growing happy. 

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    5 special Valentine’s Day gifts to make

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell the loved ones in our lives how special they are to us, and there’s no better way to do that than with a unique, handmade gift. We’ve put together our favourite tips on how to show your love for someone special this Valentine’s Day.

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    Upcycling home trends with used furniture

    These upcycling home trends with used furniture are a great way to spruce up furniture that you no longer want to use but don’t want to put into waste. Upcycling can mean you create something new for your home or even something to sell on for someone else. It helps minimise landfill and can be an environmentally friendly way to update your home and garden furnishings. 

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    Squirrels in your garden

    Seeing squirrels in your garden can be terrific fun, and they are quite common in many areas, especially where there are plenty of trees. They will happily munch new shoots, berries, fungi and many other things you might not want them to eat, so there are some protective measures you can take if you want to keep them off your plants and away from the bird feeders. Grey squirrels are common but red squirrels are now endangered. Here is how to welcome squirrels into your garden, without them damaging your plants.

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    15 gardening tips for February

    In February, you can really sense that spring is just around the corner, with snowdrops and daffodils starting to appear and buds swelling on the trees. Please make the most of dry days with our top 15 gardening jobs for February.

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    Popular houseplant: the money tree

    We know money doesn’t really grow on trees, but you can still have your own money tree in your home, enriching you with the beauty of nature. The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is native to swamps and riverbanks in Central and South America, where it can grow to a height of 18m (60ft). Grown as an indoor plant, it doesn’t reach these lofty heights, though it can eventually reach 1.8m (6ft). We offer beautiful houseplants to cheer up your interior in our garden centre. The money tree is one of our favourites at the moment. Find out all ins-and-outs about this remarkable houseplant.

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