Why do you garden? Let us know and win a pair of secateurs worth £80

We’ve been asking gardeners this question for some time now.   The answers embody universal truths, as well as being as personal and individual as the gardeners themselves.  They make great reading.  So often you say, “Oh yes, that’s...

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Memories of Gardening with my Mother

In our March newsletter Potpourri 2, we ran a competition asking people to send us a short piece entitled "Memories of Gardening with my Mother".  The prizes are a pair of Genus Gardening Trousers for the two best essays.

We received a huge...

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Your spring gardening to-do list

Spring has sprung at last and there’s plenty to do in the garden. Here are our top 10 jobs for you to do now.

  1. Prune your penstemon now - provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant,...
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Mother's Day flowers

There are many traditional Mother's Day flowers depending on where in the world you look. The British tradition of “Mothering Sunday” started in the sixteenth century and provided an opportunity for families who had moved away to return...

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Your early spring gardening to-do list

It’s March and it's getting busy out there in the garden. As you can see, Joff has been pruning the roses in the Genus garden.  Here are our top 10 jobs for you to do now.
  1. By the...
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Your mid-winter gardening to-do list

It’s mid winter, but there are plenty of jobs to get on with in the garden. Here’s our top 10:

  1. Cut down tatty stems of perennials such as sedum and clip ornamental grasses right back if you haven’t yet...
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Gardening and climate change

The recent discussions on climate change in Poland, the Beast from the East followed by a summer drought, as well as the long line of record breaking years including the hottest globally in 2018, have all emphasised again...

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Homemade Christmas from the garden

One of the very best things about Christmas is the gift giving, and how much nicer if those gifts come from the heart as homemade treats? The garden is a great source of material for unique homemade gifts. That’s what...

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Brightly coloured flowers affect mood

The concept of colours influencing our moods has been around for a long time. If you are interested in learning about popular interpretations of different colours with a view to designing your garden, you may find these examples...

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Gardening by moonlight

Gardeners will know that gardening is not just a physical activity, it encompasses a philosophy of life, an approach to growing and a favoured set of techniques that vary from gardener to gardener. Having visited a number of National Garden...
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Brexit: Lots for gardeners to think about

The country has spoken and it’s out of the EU we will come. There will now be a period of some uncertainty as we come to terms with the new reality and begin the process of untangling ourselves from a host...
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Late summer flowers

Although many gardeners might think that summer abundance is coming to an end and the only option is for their garden to look ‘green’ at this time of year, with the warmer climate we have these days, the summer in recent years...
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Inspirational gardeners: Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West has many claims to fame. She was an accomplished writer and poet, circulated amongst the Bloomsbury Group attributed with modernising British social attitudes during the inter war years, and she was Virginia Woolf’s lover. She married Harold Nicolson...
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Do gardens affect house prices?

We’re back after the excitement of Chelsea. The importance and popularity of gardens in Britain was of course really made obvious at the show. The range of items for gardens and gardeners keeps growing and indicates just how important gardening...

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Why gardening makes us happy

Time and again, surveys and academic studies prove what we’ve long suspected: gardening really does make us happy.

A recent poll of 1,500 UK adults revealed that 80% of people who garden are satisfied with their lives, compared with 67% of...
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Easter gardening: Good Friday spuds, new clothes and Easter bonnets

Now that the long Easter weekend is nearly here, there should be plenty of time to get out into the garden as well as enjoying eggs, buns and rabbits with family and friends. Gardeners are very likely to be getting...
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Super spuds! The joy of choosing potato varieties

The days are getting longer and, despite the most dreadful weather over the last few days, there is a sniff of Spring in the Genus garden, so we have started thinking about our growing again!

February and March are traditional months...
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Gardeners lose weight without dieting!

It’s the month when resolutions are made and so very many people think about dieting to lose the extra pounds gained over the festive season. A recent survey showed that about 6 in 10 people were planning to shed weight...

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Garden in a cold climate: Christmas is coming

Well, it’s here. December has arrived. The weather for the past three days has been gorgeous, cold, crisp, and frosty. The garden looks like Christmas is on the way, so seasonally white and sparkly. We took a break from fulfilling...

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Christmas gifts for gardeners past and present

It’s that time of year again and the search for Christmas gifts at full throttle. Gardeners past enjoyed a now familiar set of innovative products bought as special gifts. During the early 1830’s the first self powered cylinder lawnmower was...
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Digging up the Dahlia's

With the extended autumn and above average warmth, it has been a little time coming, but we are now putting the Genus garden to bed...
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