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Colouring it up

Who can resist Pansies?Start thinking about colour for your winter and spring garden. The rains will have boosted some of the autumn seedlings but many of the summer ones will have started the trip to their end.

Our all time favourites are starting to surface. Of course itís Pansies for sun and Primulas for shade and who can resist fragrant sweet peas for the vase?

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Fairies and Pixy dust

Small scale gardening - Miniature Gardens At some point or another when we were younger we all loved seeing and playing with a miniature version of the world we live in. Girls played with doll houses and boys played with train sets and dinky cars. Today the world has changed but the joy of expression on a small scale is seen in villages built out of Lego and fairies joining dinosaurs in the playground. The latest trend in gardening is for young and old and is a great weekend project to get young minds away from screens putting fingers in the earth. Miniature gardening is taking the world by storm one tiny step at a time.

It doesn't matter if you're not an expert gardener miniatures always turn out to be cute.†Of course girls like to make them fairy gardens but that is not all, there is so much more to do. Finding ones creative spirit is what itís all about. Itís in building a land of your imagination or dreams and in tending it that the therapy for young and old is found.

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Getting the garden back on track

Feed the garden to boost the greenThe beginning of the year is always a time for cleaning up and bringing in changes, from the office to the home and finally the garden. In getting the routine back after the holidays one doesnít always have a lot of time to get stuck in but if you have a few minutes here some quick tasks that make all the difference to your garden.

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Water Wise Gardening

Surviving weeks without water, AgapanthusWith water restrictions a reality one has to think about your garden a bit differently than normally but that does not mean you canít garden and create your haven in which to escape the heat at the end of the day. Become a Water Wise gardener with Eckards.

Have you noticed how some plants in your garden seem to be flourishing even with less water and no rain? Those are the champions of the drought garden. When it comes to water wise plants we have a few favourites such as Agapanthus, they will easily go without water for a few weeks and the bounce back after a good soaking. Bougainvilleas are looking better than ever, Day Lilies are better this year and even some roses are even better than they were in spring.

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