Potpourri Magazine

Garden Masterclasses

Whether you’re an amateur or professional, there’s always so much to learn in the world of horticulture and garden design.  This is something garden designer Annie Guilfoyle is passionate about, which is why she, together with horticulturalist Noel Kingsbury, has...

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Technology in the garden - bulb planting tools

Bulbs are a must for early spring colour, and if you haven’t yet planted yours, there’s still time.  It can be a labour-intensive job, but having the right tools saves time.  Here are a few options.

There are many different...

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Book review - Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Kiftsgate Court Gardens; Three Generations of Women Gardeners by Vanessa Berridge is published by Merrell  

Situated high up on a north Cotswold hillside, right next to the more famous Hidcote, Kiftsgate Court is a more intimate garden altogether.  This...

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Seasonal produce - parsnips and parsnip soup

Parsnips are fabulous winter root vegetables that can be harvested up until January, once the foliage dies back.  But their flavour is improved if you wait until after the first frost, which converts the starch into sugars giving them a...

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Garden trends - low maintenance gardens

Low maintenance gardens are ever popular in our busy world.  A design that includes good structure with plants and materials that don’t need much upkeep will avoid the garden looking unkempt over the winter.

When choosing patio materials, stone that...

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Body, soul and gardening - plants to brighten the gloomier months

The days are getting shorter and temperatures dropping, but don’t let it get you down - embrace winter’s beauty with cheerful berries, bark and blooms.

Berries and hips: As well as shining out on a winter’s day, berries and hips...

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Technology in the garden - bird feeders

Winter and early spring is the best time to feed birds, especially during cold snaps, when their natural food supplies are low.  Like us, different species eat different things, so choosing bird feeders for different food types, from seeds and...

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Podcast - Growing Wild

Charlotte Petts presents a thought-provoking show about nature in both the countryside and urban spaces.  She talks to a wide range of gardeners, designers and environmentalists covering everything from healthy soil and the importance of hedges, to foraging, allotments and community...

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Jessica Evans- Head Gardener at Knightshayes

We interviewed Jessica Evans, head gardener at Knightshayes Court, a National Trust garden in Tiverton.

What do you love about the garden at Knightshayes?

I was drawn by the plant collection- one of the largest in the National Trust.  There’s...

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The secret gardener - Julie Walters

Julie Walters is one of our best-loved actresses, but she is just as happy pottering about in the garden as treading the boards these days.  She even celebrated being made a Dame by weeding her garden!

‘I like being at...

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Gardening tip - saving seed

Autumn is a good time save seed.  Leave a few flowerheads on your favourite plants after they've finished blooming to allow the seeds to ripen – aster seeds are attached to a head of fluffy down, which makes them easy...
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Seasonal produce - pumpkins and pumpkin pie

With Halloween and Thanksgiving upon us, now is a great time to get creative with pumpkins.  These huge striking orange fruit look almost surreal growing on the earth connected by their stems, which begin to crack as the pumpkins ripen. ...

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Garden trends - cosying up in the middle of winter

As the temperatures drop, instead of packing up the garden for the winter months, why not embrace the Scandi ‘hygge’ way of life?  This advocates wrapping up and enjoying the crisp outdoors, whatever the weather.  Socialising outside can be fun...

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Body,soul and gardening - gardens that bond us

One of the great joys of plants is being able to give and share them.  A garden filled with flowers that remind you of your favourite people appeals on an emotional level as well as simply looking good.

Plants grown...

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Body, soul and gardening - beating air pollution

As well as being beautiful and relaxing, gardens can also shield us against air pollution from fossil fuels and petrol that damage our health.  According to the World Health Organisation, 90% of the world’s population breathe polluted air, which can cause...

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Seasonal produce - sloe gin

The hedgerows are brimming with sloes, so remember to take a pot with you next time you go on a nice autumn walk and gather enough to make some sloe gin for a fruity warming winter drink.  Traditionally this should...

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Garden trends - ornamental grasses

The fashion for naturalistic planting continues, and key to this soft, unstructured look is using ornamental grasses.  When planted amongst perennials and loosely pruned shrubs, they give the garden wonderful texture and movement.  They’re also great at linking plants, acting...

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The secret gardener - Emilia Fox

The actress, famed for her role in the BBC drama Silent Witness, loves to unwind in her garden.  ‘I’m a big gardener, I love gardening’ she says, recently telling Woman & Home magazine that at some stage in her life...

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Gardening tip - Winter violas

Winter violas are wonderful hardy little gems that will flower on through the coldest months.  Try sowing some seeds now to flower in a few months’ time.  Sow seeds thinly and evenly in seed compost and cover as they’ll need darkness to germinate,...

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All about apples

Homegrown apples are a world apart from supermarket-bought ones.  An apple tree, with its gorgeous spring blossom and autumn fruit makes an attractive and wildlife friendly addition to any garden, however small.  Even their bare gnarly branches in winter have...

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Technology in the garden - easy top fruit pickers

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us.  But if your apple and pear trees have grown so tall you can’t reach the fruit at the top of the tree, and ladders aren’t an option, a fruit picker...

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