Potpourri Magazine

Cut flower corner - what to pick in late October

There’s something very beautiful about the warm, faded colours of autumn, moving us slowly into the colder months.  

There are fewer flowers in the garden, but you might still find the last of the cosmos and dahlias...

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Body, soul and gardening - companion planting

Companion planting is a natural and healthy way of protecting plants from pests and diseases.  Growing particular species together, such as aromatic plants next to a row of vulnerable vegetables, can help ward off pests such as carrot root...

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Garden trends - greenhouse for living

Having a greenhouse in the garden for growing tomatoes, sowing seeds and extending your growing season is ever-popular.  But as well as this, people are increasingly using greenhouses for other ‘lifestyle’ activities such as dining and relaxing.   

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The Celebrity Gardener - the Duchess of Cornwall

It’s well known that Prince Charles is passionate about gardens, the countryside and the environment.  But less so that his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, shares his passion for gardening. 

The couple who live at Highgrove in Gloucestershire,...

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Q&A with Christopher Skinner of Sheffield Park

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I just love my job, I've been doing it for 10 years, and I hope to be doing it for many more.  I love plants - particularly trees, wildlife and...

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Talking Dirty with The Get Gardening Podcast

A gardening podcast for plant lovers, this is a lively video podcast presented by Thordis and Alan Gray (of East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens) where they catch up with their friends, from head gardeners to other experts who share...

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Technology in the garden - Husk

We’re become increasingly conscious of minimising plastic, and sustainable companies such as Husk are making great strides in helping this happen.  A family-run business who have been on a mission for the last  20 years to make gardening a...

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Piet Oudolf Field, Bruton, Somerset

This small but perfect garden, designed by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, is a beautiful tapestry of colour even at this time of year.  The gardens were created from the farmland, while the farm buildings are now a gallery...

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Body, soul and gardening - the sound of silence

The world is often a noisy place, especially in urban settings.  Research indicates that noise pollution can cause harmful levels of stress, both physically and mentally, and that taking time to be silent in the garden is the perfect...

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Garden trends - gravel gardens

Low maintenance and drought-tolerant, gravel gardens are becoming increasingly popular. They’re perfectly suited to our hot dry summers and have a relaxed airy feel, with plants growing up through gravel with space to breath.

For inspiration, Derek Jarman’s...

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Cut flower corner - what to pick now

The late summer garden can still be full of colour.  There are roses on their second flush, hydrangeas blushing pink and the last of the echinacea, phlox and penstemon taking on a soft faded beauty.  Team this with white...

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The unexpected gardener - Lorraine Kelly

The popular ITV broadcaster enjoys gardening and has talked about finding it a great form of escapism - particularly during stressful times like lockdown.  ‘It’s lovely to just get outside for a while.  I tend to pop in my...

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Technology in the garden - smart rain gauge

It’s easy to overestimate how much water a garden has really had after it’s rained.  The soil might look wet, but it could be surface moisture.  A rain gauge can help you be more precise when watering and prevent...

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Podcast - The Garden Log

Gardener and podcaster Ben Dark, has until recently been working as a Head Gardener at a private English country estate but has now moved his family to Copenhagen where he will continue his gardening journey and log. 

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In the Cotwolds

Frustrated by the limitations of container gardening on our balcony, we wanted a garden, so some years ago we relocated from London to the Cotswolds. We got our big garden, but we also got a theatre full of wildlife.

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Cut flower corner - what to pick in August

The garden is full of high summer flowers to bring into the house – it’s such a lovely thing to do and helps you really appreciate the detail of your flowers up close.  I’ve been cutting my Japanese anemones, which...

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Body, soul and gardening - low allergen gardens

Summer in the garden can be unpleasant for hay fever and asthma sufferers, but this needn’t be the case with the right plant choices.  Here’s what to consider.

As a rule, plants pollinated by insects, rather than wind, cause fewer...

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Gardening hero - Nigel Dunnett

Nigel is Professor of Planting and Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield.  He’s a horticulturist and designer and has pioneered innovative ecological approaches to planting gardens and public spaces that integrate ecology and horticulture to achieve beautiful and sustainable...

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Q&A with the McBrides of the Sussex Prairie Garden

Paul and Pauline McBride designed and created this garden from scratch.  We first asked them:

What was the thinking behind the design?

The overall design is a spiral intersected by the curvaceous hornbeam hedge feature which rolls down the centre...

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Garden trends - living roofs

From wild flowers to sedum growing above extensions and sheds, people are increasingly realising the benefits a green roof can bring.  Not only are they attractive, they also help keep buildings warm in winter and cool in summer, and attract...

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Podcast - This week in the garden with Peter Seabrook

Gardening writer, broadcaster and lecturer, Peter shares his wealth of experience on this horticultural podcast.

He talks to horticultural experts from all aspects of the gardening world, from designers Ann-Marie Powell and Bunny Guinness to many of the less high-profile...

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