Potpourri Magazine

Snails aren’t eveyone's cup of tea when it comes to a creature to be welcomed into the garden, but their role in the environment shouldn’t be underestimated.  As consumers of...
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Gardeners are great optimists and will already be starting to think about next year.  For us that means sowing biennial seeds to provide flowers for the spring and early summer. ...
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Alan Down’s life in horticulture is not only an example of hard work and dedication but also one of pure passion.  Currently President of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), Alan’s...
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What traditional cottage border isn’t complete without the addition of towering delphiniums, their flowers a magnet for bees, insects, and humans alike.  Their statuesque stems rise up in early summer...
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We’ve always been fans of birch trees at Genus HQ and on moving here over a decade ago we immediately planted several, including the beautiful white stemmed Betula utilis var....
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The black poplar, Populus nigra, has been an iconic tree in Britain's woodlands and wetland areas for centuries.  Believed to be one of the few species native to the UK...
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It might seem strange but the use of plants within the global fuel industry could become an important sector within horticulture.  Bio-fuels, an alternative to the fossil fuel that we...
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Much as I love gardening alone, there’s something particularly good for the soul about gardening with others.  It’s great to be with like-minded people who share your horticultural passion.  And...
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Twenty years ago we would never have thought that otters (Lutra lutra) could be an occasional, if not common, visitor to gardens in the UK.  Once on the decline due...
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Mike Palmer has become a familiar face to keen gardeners in recent years.  His live ‘Sunday Morning Stroll’, something he started on Instagram during lockdown, has garnered a loyal following...
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Lawn care With soil temperatures now reliably into double figures, it's a good time to carry out any renovation work on your lawn.  Rake out any moss and scatter fresh...
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There surely can be nothing more impressive than seeing trees that are champions in their genus.  Huge trees, tall trees, wide trees, or very, very old trees.  Estimated at over...
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The thorny shrub known as hawthorn is commonly spotted in hedgerows especially around May when its blossom fills the air with a pungent scent of galvanised rubber or spicy almond. ...
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Next time you walk into a room at home consider the plants that have been utilised to give you the life you enjoy.  Cotton curtains, cardboard packaging, and plant-based shampoos. ...
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How did you get into horticulture? I’ve been gardening and cutting flowers since I was four, as both my parents and grandparents were keen gardeners.  We had vegetables from our...
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Whilst wearing gardening gloves protects your hands, in the right circumstances and for those who are generally healthy, it might be beneficial to get your hands dirty occasionally.  Research into...
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Resilience is a buzz word in garden design with designers looking to environments such as the coast, where plants are exposed to the extremes of weather, for planting inspiration.  The...
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Also known as pearl bush, this is an excellent shrub for an uplifting display of early blossom.  In early April to May, this otherwise unassuming shrub is belle of the...
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Growing plants from softwood cuttings is an excellent way of bulking up your garden cheaply and duplicating favourite plants in your own or a friend’s garden -a cutting also makes...
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Dan Cooper and Julia Parker present this podcast for fellow gardeners where they share their wealth of experience of growing and their passion for plants and gardens. Dan is a...
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Collecting rainwater has become a priority for gardeners looking for sustainable ways to grow.  But while most water butts aren’t particularly attractive and tend to be hidden away behind a...
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