Plants

Seed catalogues for 2017

Columnist Jojo Tulloh recommends her favourite seed suppliers.

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Seed catalogues 2017

Columnist Jojo Tulloh recommends her favourite seed suppliers.

The urge to change your life for the better is strongest in January. For once, gardeners have it easy. Seeds offer a cheap path to reinvention. For a few pounds you can have a whole new gardening self, reflected in a vegetable plot that is wildly different from last years. What kind of gardener will you be in 2017? I’ve put together a list of a few of my trusted suppliers to tempt your fancy.

 

 

 

How to grow self-respect

On a plot near Bristol, social enterprise the Severn Project offers staff a new start in life through growing salad. 

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The Severn Project

On a plot near Bristol, social enterprise the Severn Project offers staff a new start in life through growing salad. 

Creating displays with succulents

Perfect for the patio in summer, ideal for the conservatory, or just a sunny windowsill - at any time of year - succulents are also among the best plants for creating easy and stylish displays.

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Creating displays with succulents

Perfect for the patio in summer, ideal for the conservatory, or just a sunny windowsill - at any time of year - succulents are also among the best plants for creating easy and stylish displays.

Sculptural, symmetrical, abstract, exquisite, absurd: how might one describe the wonderful plants known as succulents. Found throughout the world where water is scarce, these are plants to cherish.

Succulents lend themselves to creative, long-lasting arrangements that require low-maintenance. Well-chosen containers that enhance the colour and appearance of the plants are essential to show them at their best. Here we show you three displays that use a variety of succulents for you to try at home.

 

Plant combinations for cut-flower displays

Gardener James Horner puts on his florist's hat to suggest four combinations of cut flowers for late summer displays.

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Cut-flower plant combinations

Gardener James Horner puts on his florist's hat to suggest four combinations of cut flowers for late summer displays.

James Horner is a flower gardener, occasional planting designer and floral stylist. For the Gardens Illustrated Plant Issue, James puts on his florist's hat to suggest selections of cut flowers for late summer displays. Here are two from the issue. 

 

Port wine

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is a garden designer and Director of Garden Design at KLC school of design. Here she talks about her love of gardening and her forthcoming talk at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 'What makes a great garden?' 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is a garden designer and Director of Garden Design at KLC school of design. Here she talks about her love of gardening and her forthcoming talk at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 'What makes a great garden?' 

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show silver medal winner. For 16 years, in her role as Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design, she has been instrumental in establishing the highly acclaimed garden design courses. She will be running a garden design course at Great Dixter in Sussex in 2017. 

Piet Oudolf's plant list

In the garden of Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands, designer Piet Oudolf has added a glorious selection of bright annuals to his trademark perennial plantings. Find his inspirational planting list here

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Voorlinden c. Walter Herfst

In the garden of Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands, designer Piet Oudolf has added a glorious selection of bright annuals to his trademark perennial plantings. Find his inspirational planting list here

Piet Oudolf's latest project is a garden surrounding a new gallery of contemporary art near Amsterdam. The 2,000 square metre garden at Museum Voorlinden needed to encompass the gallery's contemporary building and connect it to the surrounding countryside.  

The Gardens Illustrated Festival: 5 minutes with Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs with which she has worked for the last three decades. Jekka will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her approach to gardening.

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs with which she has worked for the last three decades. Jekka will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her approach to gardening.

Jekka and Mac McVicar first started planting organic herbs in 1984, on a small patch at their home in Bristol. A passion that outgrew their garden resulted in the move to Alveston in 1987, at which time the farm was growing 26 different herbs; this has now increased to over 650, each one expertly hand raised and benefiting from years of experience in growing high-quality, organic herbs.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton is an author, gardener and keen forager. He will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in March 2017 and here you can find out more about his upcoming talk, 'A Wild Life in Gin'. 

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Gardens Illustrated Festival Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton is an author, gardener and keen forager. He will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in March 2017 and here you can find out more about his upcoming talk, 'A Wild Life in Gin'. 

Andy Hamilton is the bestselling author of Booze for Free and is known for his wild food knowledge and love of home brewing. As well as writing books, Andy has appeared on television and radio and contributes to magazines, including Gardens Illustrated.

How to force bulbs for bright container displays during the winter months

Forcing bulbs allows you to introduce a much-needed burst of colour to your home at a time when very little is happening in the garden. Here, Hannah Gardner explains how to force bulbs and suggests a colourful woodland plant combination. 

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How to force bulbs for winter displays

Forcing bulbs allows you to introduce a much-needed burst of colour to your home at a time when very little is happening in the garden. Here, Hannah Gardner explains how to force bulbs and suggests a colourful woodland plant combination. 

Forcing bulbs, simply requires mimicking the cold, dark conditions of winter (ideally at a temperature of between 1.5ºC and 10ºC) for around ten weeks to give the roots time to develop, before bringing them indoors where the warmth (above 15ºC) and light will fool the bulbs that spring has arrived so that they sprout and bloom around four to six weeks early. The forced hyacinths that are sold commercially to flower in time for Christmas have been pre-chilled.

Make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

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How to make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

Ginger beer

Fermentation is the way to create life even in the grip of winter's maw. In Food in England, the food historian Dorothy Hartley describes how as a child she loved to watch the ginger beer 'bee' (so called because it makes a faint humming sound) bubble up and down in a jar on the kitchen windowsill. In cold weather fermentation may take several days to a week to occur.

Ingredients
1 large thumb fresh root ginger
400g sugar
250ml water
2 lemons

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