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12 great gardening reads from 2014’s books

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

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Books favourites 2014

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

 

Good gardening reads chosen from books published in 2014

Seven Flowers And How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter
‘Potter’s cultural journey leads her from foot-binding in China… to the sexual rituals of the Minoans.’ From review by Ambra Edwards.
Atlantic Books, £25 – offer price £23. ISBN 978-0857891648.

 

Two pumpkin purée recipes for seasonal flavours

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

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Pumpkin recipes c. Sarah Young

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

Use either of these recipes as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock

 

SPICED PUMPKIN PURÉE
450g pumpkin, peeled and diced into small cubes 
1tbsp (heaped) panch phoron (see below) 
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 thumb ginger, peeled and finely grated 
1tsp amchoor (sour dried mango) powder or 2tbsp lemon juice
salt and black pepper 


How to create a green wall

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

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Green walls c. Jason Ingram

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

Green or living walls are becoming increasingly popular in public landscaping especially for restaurants, hotels and shops, adding texture and life to urban spaces. In principle they are an environmentally friendly idea, but, and it is a big but, this is only if you use appropriate plants and are prepared to put the correct level of maintenance in place. Only if they’re well maintained will living walls look as good as the day they were planted.

Advice on growing climbers on a wall

If you're worried about growing a climber up the wall of your house or garden wall, read our advice on best practice to ensure you never have any problems with damage to the wall's structure.

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Advice on growing climbers on walls c. Sarah Cuttle

If you're worried about growing a climber up the wall of your house or garden wall, read our advice on best practice to ensure you never have any problems with damage to the wall's structure.

Advice on growing climbers on house walls

There is a widely held belief that self-clinging climbers, in particular ivy, can cause damage to the walls of your house and garden. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that ivy poses
a threat to sound masonry.

Collecting classic and vintage tools

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

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Vintage gardening tools c. Andrew Montgomery

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

Tools for the flower border

Antique tools often highlight the ingenuity of previous generations. This early 20th-century tool, known as the Little Gripper flower picker (1), both cuts and grips flowers, allowing you to pick flowers in the back of the border with ease.

Growing quince - PLUS recipe for baked quince

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

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Quince c. Jason Ingram

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

In the October 2011 issue of the magazine, garden writer Lia Leendertz explains why we should grow quince and how. Not only is it an attractive tree with pretty blossom but the golden fruits it bears in October are a culinary delight. Plus there's a recipe here to try.

 

Growing quince

Book review - Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Celebrating the beauty, diversity and importance of plants within our everyday world, this book that introduces us to the field of economic botany and is laden with stunning botanical ilustrations. Read our review:

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Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Celebrating the beauty, diversity and importance of plants within our everyday world, this book that introduces us to the field of economic botany and is laden with stunning botanical ilustrations. Read our review:

Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World
by Helen Bynum and William Bynum
Thames & Hudson, £24.95 
ISBN 978-0226204741

Garden studios - how to choose your perfect work space

If you need to work from home but you’ve no room in your house for an office, then opting for a studio in your garden could be the ideal solution.

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Garden studios c. Roomworks

If you need to work from home but you’ve no room in your house for an office, then opting for a studio in your garden could be the ideal solution.

Containerised
This contemporary studio is actually made out of an old shipping container; the strong and robust metal shell makes an ideal garden room. Eco-designers John Little and Dusty Gedge specialise in making these modified garden buildings. Made to order, they can also feature special ‘habitat panels’ on the outside walls.

10 things you (possibly) didn’t know about dahlias

Celebrating dahlia season - here's 10 facts you might not have known about these gorgeous late season blooms

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Unknown yellow dahlia

Celebrating dahlia season - here's 10 facts you might not have known about these gorgeous late season blooms

Who can resist dahlias in their diversity of colour, size and style - late summer just wouldn't be the same without at least one dahlia in the garden somewhere.

Here's a list of interesting facts about them

Save 10% on exclusive dahlia combinations

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

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Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

Dahlias make fantastic focal points and work well when grown as part of a combination. The vibrancy of colour and boldness of form means they need carefully chosen companions - as shown by dahlia expert Helen Lewis in the September issue (213, page 68). To help you create fantastic displays of your own Helen is offering four unique collections to buy that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grass partners.

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