Favourite Gardens in Europe

France: Giverny Gardens

The Giverny gardens are probably the most famous in France. Monet created some of his famous ‘Water Lily’ and ‘Japanese Bridge’ paintings here. As well as the gardens you can also visit Monet’s lovely and very colourful house. Monet started his famous water garden by digging a small pond and expanding upon it; he then remodelled the landscapes and gardens about it to better inspire his work, or as he put it, “I’m good for nothing except painting and gardening”.  

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Interesting Flowers and their Secrets

There is a Chinese proverb: The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends. Flowers over the centuries have been a source of inspiration and enchantment. Like all living organisms they have their secrets, not only for survival but also with their connections to other living organisms, including humans.

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Happy Halloween in the Garden

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church.

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The Basics of Planning a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetables is endlessly rewarding. Imagine harvesting fresh and healthy peppers, sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes and spinach to name but just a few. The famous physician and mind-body expert Deepak Chopra talks about eating ‘the seven colours of the rainbow’; planning and growing your own choice of vegetables would mean instant access to some of these colours. Red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow bell pepper, green spinach, purple beetroot, together with a few fruits, and you’re almost there!

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The Wondrous World of Dahlias

If you’ve never grown dahlias before and want to give it a try, watch out, it’s addictive. But what a brilliant addiction!

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Autumn Is Just Around the Corner

‘Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.’ - George Eliot
Isn’t this the most magical description of autumn? Traditionally it is a period of change leading up to the darkness of winter so this may explain why so many poets and writers have reflections during this season.

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