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9 Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

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Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

A perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer

 

 

COMPACT

Earthfire ceramic pizza oven, £249,
Grenadier

grenadier.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Cottage garden style

If there was one prominent message at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it was to embrace naturualistic planting. In our June issue we feature Rustling End, a glorious cottage garden in Hertfordshire. Here we take a look at how to create cottage garden appeal and favourite plants to include.

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Rustling End

If there was one prominent message at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it was to embrace naturualistic planting. In our June issue we feature Rustling End, a glorious cottage garden in Hertfordshire. Here we take a look at how to create cottage garden appeal and favourite plants to include.

 If you live in a very pretty cottage, surrounded by woodland, then it needs to have a good name. Rustling End Cottage is pleasantly bucolic, and effortlessly conjures up images of autumn leaves, the scent of somnolent roses and the memory of flocks of chattering coal tits. This has been home to Julie and Tim Wise for the past 20 years, over which time they have created a glorious cottage garden.

 

Roses for a country garden

For the past 30 years, Anke Kuhbier and her husband have been transforming a wet meadow into a tranquil sanctuary. Here we take a look at Anke's rose garden and pick out some of her favourites. 

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Roses for a country garden

For the past 30 years, Anke Kuhbier and her husband have been transforming a wet meadow into a tranquil sanctuary. Here we take a look at Anke's rose garden and pick out some of her favourites. 

Not many people can boast to having a rose garden as a birthday present from their husband. Anke Kuhbier, however, can and her roses are a sight to behold. Her love/hate relationship with the queen of flowers has, involuntarily, made her a bit of an expert. The roses are just one part of her country garden that surrounds a 17th-century cottage in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.

Flower fever: 5 events celebrating Chelsea Flower Show

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

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Chelsea in Bloom

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

Floral refreshment

The Botanist, Sloane Square
What: A yearly pop-up cocktail bar on Sloane Square serving
exquisite concoctions inspired by the botanical world. We like
the sound of their Spiced Tamarin Smash, which includes Monkey Shoulder
blended scotch, Grand Marnier, cinnamon syrup, cinnamon
bitters, coriander seed bitters and lemon juice.

Potted pipes - planting display

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates a container planting display to mark the transition from spring to early summer

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Planting combination c. Andrew Montgomery

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates a container planting display to mark the transition from spring to early summer

Pipe dreams

9 potting benches

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

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Metal-topped potting bench. Cox & Cox

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

Make better use of small spaces and bring order to sowing, potting on and transplanting with one of these workstations. 

16 of the best cherry blossom

Ornamental Japanese cherry trees are one of the delights of spring with their clouds of blossom and make a wonderful addition to a garden. Val Bourne picks out some favourites from the collection at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. 

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Japanese cherry blossom c. Lynn Keddie

Ornamental Japanese cherry trees are one of the delights of spring with their clouds of blossom and make a wonderful addition to a garden. Val Bourne picks out some favourites from the collection at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. 

There is nothing quite as uplifting as a branch of blossom silhouetted against a spring sky. Japanese cherries, known in Japan as sakura, are among the most beautiful of blossom-bearing trees although they bear no fruit to speak of. The Japanese celebrate the arrival of the blossom every year with a blossom festival or sakura matsuri. Every year many make pilgrimages to iconic trees, planted in famous temple gardens or besides ancient castles, and picnic beneath them to view their blossom – a tradition known as hanami.

12 favourite narcissus

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

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Narcissus at Berchigranges. c. Sabrina Rothe

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

“When I first saw how the wild daffodils," says Thierry Dronet of Le Jardin de Berchigranges, "particularly the species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla, transformed the meadows here in the mountains into a sea of yellow petals, I knew I wanted to have lots and lots of them in our garden,” he says.

Design Solutions: Topiary

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

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Topiary c. Jason Ingram

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

1 The extraordinary gardens at Château de Marqueyssac take the art of topiary to new heights. Situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne valley, the garden contains more than 150,000 hand-pruned Buxus sempervirens shrubs, spread over 11 acres of terrace gardens.

Design Course Offer with The English Gardening School

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

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English Gardening School Distance Learning courses

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

 

 

 

 

 

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of gardens illustrated a 50 per cent discount on one of its distance learning courses, normally priced at £495 (plus p&p).

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