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Old masters at the Ashmolean - in pictures

from David Domoney

Top 10 plants for a modern cottage garden

Cottage gardens are having a revival. Annuals and perennials are jostling for attention in riotous borders up and down the country. Plants are spilling over winding paths. But there’s something different about this new wave of cottage gardens. Traditionally, the land around cottages was used as a small farm, designed to grow fruit and veg for

from SheKnows

Best outdoor plants for fall: Russian Sage

Perovskia 'Blue Spire', Russian sage. With its aromatic leaves and upright spikes of violet-blue flowers, Russian sage makes a wonderful companion to all kinds of late-summer ornamental grasses and perennials. In August and September, tiny, violet-blue, tubular flowers appear on silver-grey spikes above the main framework of the plant, among deeply-cut and lobed, grey-green leaves


EU must be kidding! Brussels goes to war on British gardens with crackpot new rule

STUPID EUROPEAN UNION again! Jean-Claude Juncker Brussels. EU big wigs have put the future of the traditional, flowery British garden in jeopardy as the European Commission tries to introduce new rules to restrict the sale of plastic coated balls that are mixed with compost to feed the roots of plants. (Actually this is proof that one of them there has a brain a little larger than a pea. These balls apparently, somehow, sometime, somewhere, can end up in the sea and the fishes can swallow…

The basics of a non-traditional method of gardening that is organic, earth friendly and easy. Originally published in the April/May 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH


The Frost Greenhouse (quote from their blog, "Composting Composting is a metaphor for the natural cycle which is gardening. We supply traditional boarded fronts with side channels coloured to match your greenhouse which fit between the brick walls of each compost bay which, built alongside your greenhouse, will generate heat to keep the building warm, naturally."

from Whats Ur Home Story

Inspiring Spaces - Kitchen Storage Ideas

hidden kitchen trash can storage - Wonder if I could git one of these between the stove and cabinet!!