Gardens

The poppies on Allan’s roof terrace are inspired by those he sowed for Kala.This year’s new obsession is zinnias, an old-school garden flower, bright and beautiful.

The summer vegetable that’s perfect for tardy gardeners Yellow-skinned courgettes, such as Burpee’s Golden Zucchini, are said to have more flavour.Photograph: Alamy I have always failed to be first at anything and make an art of being behind, so why change that behaviour with courgettes?

From embracing buttercups to candy-coloured planting, these are the highlights of this year’s show Andy Sturgeon’s M&G garden: a masterclass in the green sanctuary.Photograph: Mimi Connolly 1 Go green Green was the dominant theme at Chelsea, literally and metaphorically.

We’ve rounded up the 10 best indoor plants that will thrive within four walls and asked the experts how you can keep them around forever.Their lush green leaves with distinctive holes make a stunning statement in any room and they can grow to fit any space.

Home Craft Pick up a can of spray paint and a woven basket – it’s time to embrace the dipped effect!This attractive ombre look is so easy to achieve – all you need is a can of spray paint and a woven basket.

Home Garden Our new podcast that dishes the dirt on all things gardening - by Better Homes and Gardens In this episode, we’re going to have a chat about which native plants to choose for flower colour through winter.And we’ll also set you straight on compost making – it’s not hard to do and you make your own plant food for free!

Home Garden Faulty parts will be replaced free of charge.- by Chris Hook Honda has recalled one of its lawnmowers over fears leaking fuel could cause the mower to explode into flames.

Have you grown too much parsley?All these fun facts and top tips and much, much more are contained in Magic Little Meals, by Lolo Houbein and Tori Arbon.

Landscaping your backyard with outdoor pavers can take it from sad and neglected to a series of spectacular spaces to relax, entertain and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.Also called flag stone, the concept of crazy pave was born out of using up otherwise wasted off cuts or broken pieces during the installation of larger cut stone and outdoor pavers.

We meet the ravers turning 3am euphoria into pulsating art Published: 29 Apr 2019 The Da Vincis of the dancefloor – meet the artists capturing clubland Show time: the 2019 shortlist for museum of the year Published: 26 Apr 2019 Show time: the 2019 shortlist for museum of the year Walter Gropius by Fiona MacCarthy review – the visionary behind Bauhaus Published: 25 Apr 2019 Walter Gropius by Fiona MacCarthy review – the visionary behind Bauhaus REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos – of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands Published: 24 Apr 2019 REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos – of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands Brief letters Great British art did not start with a flea Published: 23 Apr 2019 Published: 23 Apr 2019 Great British art did not start with a flea Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures Gallery Published: 23 Apr 2019 Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures Big tick energy: how a tiny flea created a revolution in British art Published: 22 Apr 2019 Big tick energy: how a tiny flea created a revolution in British art It's a #masterpiece!What if Gauguin and Monet had been on Instagram?

Combining gorgeous mottled bark with glossy evergreen foliage, the South American arrayán tree Luma apiculata gives you the best of both worlds.No wonder this resilient, fast-growing plant is the winner of an award of garden merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

The Guardian view on gardening: digging one’s way to humanity Editorial: As the Chelsea Flower Show reveals every year, it is very human to seek the solace that comes with growing things Published: 25 May 2018 The Guardian view on gardening: digging one’s way to humanity Martin Parr’s day at the Chelsea flower show – a photo essay Magnum photographer Martin Parr captures his unique view of gardening fans at the annual extravaganza Published: 25 May 2018 Martin Parr’s day at the Chelsea flower show – a photo essay Chelsea flower show: eight great ideas to steal From gravel and big foliage to the unstoppable rise of houseplants, via stone tables, celebrity cacti, containers full of succulents … Published: 23 May 2018 Chelsea flower show: eight great ideas to steal Taking Chelsea flower show inspiration from a refugee camp in Iraq Published: 19 May 2018 Taking Chelsea flower show inspiration from a refugee camp in Iraq Spring gardening special 2018 How to fix shady gardens, create shelter or hide the bins: tips from Chelsea stars Published: 5 May 2018 How to fix shady gardens, create shelter or hide the bins: tips from Chelsea stars June 2017 Gardening blog Climate change is catching up with gardeners: just look at the Chelsea flower show What will British gardens look like in 20 years’ time?Robbie Blackhall-Miles finds some clues at the Chelsea flower show Published: 9 Jun 2017 Climate change is catching up with gardeners: just look at the Chelsea flower show May 2017 So how does your garden grow?

Then visit a new children’s garden at Kew and harden off bedding plants Blue beauty: ceanothus ‘Concha’.Photograph: Alamy Plant this Blue doesn’t come more dazzling than the Californian lilac (ceanothus).

It’s time to grill sausages and talk about hopes and plans for the plot Outdoors feast: charred asparagus and peppers from the spring barbecue.Photograph: Allan Jenkins/The Observer Spring barbecue, the tribal gathering.

If you can happily dig around in it, go ahead and recycle it for another planting ‘Dump out the compost, add new nutrients and fluff back up.For years, I would just top up pots with a good layer of new compost and continue to plant.

Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists Published: 15 May 2019 Rooftop pool?Britain's love-hate relationship with new towns Published: 15 May 2019 Sterile or stirring?

17 May 2019 IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible From his provocative Louvre pyramid to his inverted wedge for Dallas, the Chinese-American architect was too modern for his time – but his angular marvels look perfect now Published: 10:34 AM IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible 'We saw humanity': a Chinese student on the day Bob Hawke wept over Tiananmen Published: 6:57 AM 'We saw humanity': a Chinese student on the day Bob Hawke wept over Tiananmen In pictures – IM Pei's finest works Gallery Published: 3:33 AM In pictures – IM Pei's finest works 16 May 2019 Canadians detained in China accused of espionage Published: 3:51 PM Canadians detained in China accused of espionage How other countries are responding to Trump's Huawei threat Published: 1:29 PM How other countries are responding to Trump's Huawei threat Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief Published: 11:08 AM Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief Huawei hits back over Trump's national emergency on telecoms 'threat' Published: 10:57 AM Huawei hits back over Trump's national emergency on telecoms 'threat' 15 May 2019 Europa Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US German chancellor also shares views on Brexit and climate crisis in interview Published: 5:00 PM Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US Pass notes Is having sex six times in six days the secret to work-life balance?Published: 4:59 PM Is having sex six times in six days the secret to work-life balance?

But the truth shocked me David Harewood Published: 6:00 AM Published: 6:00 AM I thought I knew about my mental illness.But the truth shocked me 13 May 2019 Mental health 2019 Green therapy: how gardening is helping to fight depression Published: 10:57 AM Green therapy: how gardening is helping to fight depression UK heart disease fatalities on the rise for first time in 50 years Published: 12:01 AM UK heart disease fatalities on the rise for first time in 50 years 12 May 2019 Hundreds of foreign doctors mull leaving UK over 'crippling' fees High cost of visas and other charges is worsening NHS staffing crisis, warn medics Published: 6:35 PM Hundreds of foreign doctors mull leaving UK over 'crippling' fees Case study: 'My heart is here in the NHS.

Home Garden Add an attractive element to your garden with this DIY raised garden bed.Check timber is cut to correct length.

- by Graham Ross Recently, Graham visited florist, Sean Cook at his inner Sydney home.Now, Graham joins Sean in his studio and has a crack at creating a contemporary flower arrangement under Sean’s guidance.
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