Potpourri Magazine

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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Our vlog pick - Huw Richards: Grow Food Organically

Huw is only in his early twenties, but he has been creating YouTube videos on veg growing since he was 12 and is incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  His hands-on advice on growing your own organic vegetables, from sowing seeds to...

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Technology in the garden - the chair to save the oceans

If you’re in the market for some more garden furniture and are wanting to do something about the environment, the DuraOcean could be the answer.  This ground breaking chair, designed by manufacturers of sustainable furniture Lifestyle Garden with support from...

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The joys of lavender

Drifts of lilac-coloured lavender, humming with bees against a blue sky is a wonderful summer sight.  As well as being beautiful, lavender can also be dried – hanging the sprigs upside-down in an airy place – and used in everything from...

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Our vlog pick - The Garden Ninja

The Garden Ninja, aka Lee Burkhill, is a garden designer from the north of England whose YouTube videos give clear, practical advice on design and gardening, helping people avoid common mistakes and give things a go.

You get a real...

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Monty Don - 5 things you didn't know

The much-loved gardening broadcaster and writer was born in Germany in 1955 – the youngest of five siblings - and christened Montagu Denis Wyatt Don.  He is married to Sarah and has three grown up children and one grandson, ‘George...

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Your August gardening to-do list

Everything is growing very fast now, with plenty of harvesting, deadheading and seed-collecting to be done.  Here’s how to keep the garden looking good into autumn.

  1. Keep deadheading annuals, perennials and repeat flowering roses, cutting penstemon flowers back...
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Seasonal produce - what to do with plums

Plums are a delicious tangy fruit, great eaten raw but also great for stewing or making jams, crumbles and tarts.  ‘Victoria’ is a well-known variety and ‘Blue Tit’ and ‘Opal’ are also excellent.  As with gages and damsons, they thrive in...

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