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Miranda Hart To Host New Gardening Show

If you’ve got something of a green thumb and are always looking out for new ways to indulge in your hobby, then you’ve simply got to catch the new gardening series being fronted by none other than comedian Miranda Hart. The star, known for her turns in Miranda and Call the Midwife, will be hitting our TV screens for new show Down the Garden Path, which also stars her mother Dee Dyke Hart, the Sun reports. Shown on More4, the series will see Dee – who’s a real gardening expert, apparently – help people grow their own gardens to perfection, as well as paying celebrity homes a visit to give them advice on how they can get the best out of their gardens as well. Commenting on the news, Miranda said: “I may not know a thing...

How To Create A Luxury Spa Garden At Home

Who doesn’t want a bit of luxury at home? If you’ve got a relatively big garden, it might be a nice idea to consider creating your own little spa, which actually isn’t as hard as you might have thought… or as expensive! Take a look at your outdoor space and see if you’ve got anywhere that could serve as a suntrap. You’ll want to create a little shelter so you’ve got some privacy, which can be done using walls or fencing. If you opt for fencing or trellises, you could easily bring in creeping plants and climbers to make a living wall that’s beautiful to look at while providing you with all the privacy you need. Once you’ve worked out where you want your garden spa to be, you’ll probably want to have a built-in hot tub,...

Beware Of Hedgehogs When Using Your Garden Strimmer!

Now that spring has sprung, of course you all want to head out into your gardens to have a spruce up – but if you do, just make sure you check for hedgehogs before you get out the garden strimmers. According to a Daily Telegraph report, hedgehogs around the UK are at great risk of injury because of garden tools as people take advantage of the warmer spring weather to do a bit of gardening. In fact, St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham in Buckinghamshire has just treated three little hedgehogs that were injured by a strimmer, with two of them sustaining head injuries and a third discovered with a big cut. A spokesman from the hospital told the news source? Now the weather is getting better we are seeing an increase in animals being accidentally...

Britain In Bloom Competition To Be Televised!

Attention all you green-thumbed gardening enthusiasts – one of the longest-running horticultural competitions is about to be televised for the very first time from next year, so make sure you tie a knot in a piece of string so you can remember to watch it when it gets going on BBC Two. Britain in Bloom, which has been going since 1964 when horticultural journalist Roy Hay came across some amazing floral displays while travelling through France and was inspired to bring the idea across the pond to the UK, will soon be hitting our TV screens… which is very exciting news indeed! Jim Buttress, Britain in Bloom judge, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: “We had to do something to recognise the guys who get together to clean up some filthy needle-strewn alleyway...

How Gardening Can Improve Your Mood Through Colour

When it comes to deciding how you want your garden to look, it might be worth thinking about your favourite colours and which ones enhance your mood before you go shopping for trees and flowers. Top garden designer Tom Massey – who will be showing his Perennial Sanctuary Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July, inspired by Japanese designs and zen gardens – believes that you don’t have to devise a show garden of your own in order to create a positive atmosphere outside, the Guernsey Press reports. He advised coming up with a particular colour palette to help inspire your moods. Orange, he explained, denotes fascination, enthusiasm, creativity and happiness, while yellow is more associated with intellect, joy and a sense of warmth. Purple, meanwhile, is linked to wisdom and dignity, while...