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Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine of the best lawnmowers to get your grass looking perfect - whatever the size of your lawn
You could consider cutting the lawn a chore but if you have the right kit for the job then there's no reason for it not to be enjoyable. Here's some 2013 mower recommendations that we like the look of .
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Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the March garden. Here we highlight Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'.
Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'
A first-class clump-forming lungwort with glittering long basal leaves 25cm long and covered in a silver wash. The leaf midrib and leaf edges remain a contrasting green. Produces clusters of shallowly lobed funnel-shaped flowers held in purple brown calyxes on elongated stems, which are decorated with small silver spotted stem leaves. The flowers open rosy purple and change colour to violet and violet blue. The whole plant is covered in bristly hairs. Benefits from a haircut after flowering.
Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.
Biochar is a form of charcoal that is made specifically for use as a soil improver. Carbon Gold’s GroChar is a special recipe that helps biochar work quickly and effectively to stabilise nutrients in your soil – and improve plant health. Enter our competition for your chance to try GroChar for yourself.
It may be a little chilly out there but given a sunny day, there's still reason enough to get outside. Here's a few items to help keep you warm once you are out and about.
This wood-fired ‘Dutchtub’ by Welvetree can be used anywhere you have access to water. In a range of colours, £4,500. Accompanying ashtray and chimney, priced £135 and £595 respectively, all available from bigfire, tel 01395 275300
The kitchen garden is back, and with it the complete experience of sowing, growing and eating. Yet vegetables can be so much more than just food; they can improve ecology, encourage birds and bees, offer colour and seeds. You could even take it one step further and bring flowers from the vegetable plot inside.
All vegetables produce flowers, even though most people with a vegetable garden have never seen them. When we look at vegetables as flowering plants, there are roughly two types. Most vegetables produce flowers in order to form an edible product. Peas, beans and pumpkins are examples. So when you cut these flowers, you don’t get the food.