Potpourri Magazine

Body, soul and gardening - relaxing sounds

Immersing yourself in the sensory elements of the garden is a great way of creating a haven from the busy world.  And while the health benefits of a garden’s visual impact has been well researched, a recent study by the...

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Body, soul and gardening - enjoy being alone

Some of us enjoy being alone more than others.  But if Covid has meant spending more time in your own company than you’d like, research by the RHS shows that getting into the garden could help relieve pangs of loneliness. ...

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Garden trends - brilliant bricks

Designers are increasingly turning to bricks and clay pavers, to add warmth, character, texture and pattern to hard landscaping.  Reclaimed-style bricks have a rustic charm that work well in a traditional garden, while clay pavers can look at home in...

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Head gardener Q&A - Neil Miller of Hever Castle, Kent

Tell us about your journey into horticulture

After being made redundant from my job as a broker, I started my own gardening business and trained in horticulture.  I saw an advert for a gardener at Hever and have been...

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Cut flower corner - early spring bounty

You’d be surprised how much there is in the garden in February to pick and bring inside.  Snowdrops, primroses, violets, aconites, or anything else you can find, make pretty posies.  You could also float hellebore heads in a bowl of...

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Gardening heroine - Anna Pavord

One of our foremost gardening writers, Anna Pavord is extremely well respected for her horticultural knowledge and articulate, engaging writing style.

Born in 1940 in Abergavenny, both Anna’s headmaster father and teacher mother were excellent gardeners.  She grew up going...

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Vlog - Tanya Anderson's Lovely Greens

Organic gardener, author, blogger and vlogger Tanya Anderson’s successful YouTube channel, Lovely Greens, has masses of weekly posts on organic vegetable gardening as well as growing herbs and plants for making natural skincare products.

Originally from America, Tanya moved from...

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Technology in the garden - cold frame know-how

Coldframes are a useful bit of kit for extending your growing season.  Basically, a box that lies flat on the ground with a transparent sloping roof, a cold frame allows maximum light whilst providing shelter and protection form the elements.

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How to keep a garden notebook

If you’re struggling to remember which bed you planted the onions in last, or the name of a particular variety of perennial that did well, perhaps this is the year you start your gardening journal. 

You could use a simple...

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Technology in the garden - Veritable Indoor Garden

Using fresh herbs in your cooking gives really lifts flavours and the smart indoor garden from Veritable allows you to have a range of fresh herbs and mini vegetables throughout the winter.

This well-designed device has an LED grow light...

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Vlog - Garden Organic

In its video guides, the UK’s biggest organic gardening charity, looks at a range of different solutions to gardening without chemicals.  Chris from Garden Organic is a fan of houseplants and has filmed an informative video on making a mini...

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Gardening heroine - Sarah Price

Who:  A talented garden designer with a light touch, Sarah’s exquisitely sensitive planting style is informed by her empathy with the natural landscape.  Her scope is wide ranging, from public planting design to private garden design and RHS show gardens.

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Cut flower corner - dried seedheads and foliage

Dried foliage and seedheads used to have a dusty image, but a new breed of florists is using them to create bouquets with a fresh contemporary feel.  

Using ornamental grasses such as miscanthus with its silky flower plumes, fluffy Calamagrostis...

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Garden trends - multi-stem trees

Planting more trees is invaluable for the environment and helps complete a garden by adding height, shade and an extra layer of beauty and year round interest.  Multi-stem trees in particular are increasingly in demand with designers.  Created by cutting...

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Body, soul and gardening - New Year's resolutions

There’s nothing like making plans to give you a sense of purpose and positivity.  So, put the kettle on and start a list of your good gardening intentions for the New Year.  Here are a few ideas:

Get those plants...

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Grow your own festive foliage

As well as making wreaths, Christmas is a great time to adorn your staircases, mantelpieces and tables with ivy and other evergreen foliage.  And going out on a bright winter’s day to pick homegrown greenery straight from the garden makes...

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Seasonal produce - Brussels sprouts

Not much is left in the veg patch at this time of year, but we can always rely on harvesting Brussels sprouts for Christmas.  Here are three ways to cook them that you may not have tried before.

Roasted Brussels, chorizo...

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Body, soul and gardening - the benefits of rituals

Whether it’s making a morning coffee with fresh beans, or having a G&T by the fire whilst counting your blessings, rituals are part of our lives.  Research reveals these little personal ceremonies can reduce anxiety and increase confidence.

Gardening lends...

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Garden trends - outdoor rooms

With more of us spending time at home, garden rooms are increasingly in demand as another place to work or exercise in, or simply to escape to.  But there’s lots to consider from the style of your structure to its...

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The secret gardener - Kate Humble

The wildlife TV presenter has always been passionate about nature, but seems to be becoming increasingly keen on gardening.  One of her latest passions is growing dahlias.  “When I hit 50 I suddenly thought, ‘I really want dahlias in my...

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Technology in the garden - outdoor Christmas lights

Decorating your garden with twinkly lights creates a welcoming and fun festive atmosphere – something we need this year more than ever.  Here are a few things to bear in mind before creating your Christmas display.

For mains supply lights...

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