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More of my take on this year's trends at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea - more colour, more corten steel, more flowers...a very pretty show this year, I think. #RHSChelsea See what you think: https://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/the-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-2018-what-it-means-for-your-garden/

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Flowers and colour are back in gardening! I went to the pre-press day at #RHSChelsea yesterday - here's what I think this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea means for your garden:https://youtu.be/GNl1s6aMz1I

What about a seashell garden path? - it's eco-friendly, pretty cheap and easy to do yourself - see ours and decide:https://youtu.be/kKZgb7DHWnc

Gardening Blogs UK Top 10 | Vuelio

delighted to be in Vuelio's top 10 garden blogs, and thought you might like to catch up with some of the others too:http://www.vuelio.com/uk/social-media-index/top-10-uk-gardening-blogs/

Take a tour of the Middlesized Garden in early May:https://youtu.be/I4hUEb5EmuE

How to choose gardening gloves plus some brand recommendations:https://youtu.be/BFQVUTGVvf8

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Enjoying the garden but would like a bit more privacy - there are some good ideas in this video:https://youtu.be/XSsdY4wgreM

The Ascot Garden show - a quick tour

A look at the first Ascot Garden Show #AscotGardenShow - see video and then do go:https://youtu.be/t_iKvP6y8qA

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It's the early April garden tour in the Middlesized Garden.See https://youtu.be/VMvkFxLjoJc

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How to deal with winter-damaged shrubs - advice from Doddington Place Gardens' head gardener, Lucy Adams: http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/deal-winter-damage-shrubs/

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Have you ever thought about washing your silver birches? No? Time to get the Fairy liquid out in time to have gleaming white bark for Chelsea week. See advice from Doddington Place head gardener here:https://youtu.be/Z4uJtpQK3ZA

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs

Are you wondering what to do with those burnt-looking plants in your garden? Watch and wait (and watch this!)

Doddington Place Gardens - Faversham Life

I'm very chuffed to see my photos in the same post as some wonderful photos from Clive Nichols Garden Photography - it's an excellent post from Faversham Life on Doddington Place Gardens - which is very much worth a visit.

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You don't need to be an expert gardener to grow unusual plants. Find out how to start here:https://youtu.be/OTmD-kq3ifc
(Below are Canna 'Torch Song', Nandina domestica 'Richmond' and Abutilon megapotamicum.

Arborist, tree surgeon or Chain Saw Man? Why you need to know the difference:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/tree-surgeon-arborist-chain-saw-man-why-you-need-know/

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Is your tree dying and other useful tips from Matt Jackson at Land & Heritage:https://youtu.be/icmxv41jhPo

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Nice to be in this ranking, and congratulations to London Cottage Garden, also here although she has only been blogging since Aug 2017!

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Eco-gardening and wildlife-friendly gardening itps from the Abbey Physic Community Garden in March's Middlesized Garden of the Month:https://youtu.be/LH3EMoozooM

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Recently pruned the silver birch - so what to do with the clippings? Don't throw them away - make plant supports out of them. Incredibly easy and I am not at all handy! See:https://youtu.be/8-QrucJZcIE

Rare Plant Fair

For anyone within reach of the West Country - wish I could go!

At the beginning of every month, I make a video of the garden - what works & what doesn't plus what to learn for next time. Coming back from three weeks away to this early March garden was definitely a surprise:https://youtu.be/raNOtzRd8dU

Why you can grow unusual plants...

If you think that growing unusual plants is only for horticultural experts, read this:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/how-to-make-your-garden-different-with-unusual-plants/

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Gardens abroad may not have the same plants (although surprisingly often they do!), but they can have great garden ideas to take home. I visited The Diggers Club Garden of St Erth, which is on a very domestic scale, and found some excellent ideas here:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/8-beautifully-simple-garden-ideas-really-work/

how to move a tree fern (extract)

You might not think you want to move a tree fern, but after watching this, you may decide that it would be the ideal activity for family and friends - definitely better than Scrabble, anyway. See the short clip below and the full 'how to' here:https://youtu.be/vXUfG7cVo6A

how to move a tree fern (extract)

You might not think you want to move a tree fern, but after watching this, you may decide that it would be the ideal activity for family and friends - definitely better than Scrabble, anyway. See the short clip below and the full 'how to' here:https://youtu.be/vXUfG7cVo6A

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Inspiring pot and planter ideas for house plants:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/inspiring-indoor-garden-pot-planter-ideas/

6 inspiring garden blogs | Blog at Thompson & Morgan

Very nice to be included on this post from Thompson & Morgan UK on inspiring garden blogs - and there are some lovely ones to discover.

A slightly unusual gardening tip for winter (I think, anyway):https://youtu.be/_93uAhOaYQs

The Tea Break Gardener

Lovely new blog launched yesterday with some excellent snowdrop ideas.

Gardening videos can be really helpful, especially in the #growyourown world. Read about some good gardening video channels here: http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/youtube-gardening-discover-a-new-world-of-garden-gurus/

How to grow snowdrops in your own garden. Advice from Copton Ash Gardens:https://youtu.be/RB94y_JqZeo

The snowdrop season is in full swing. But snowdrops can be difficult to photograph. For details of snowdrop days with the NGS, Country Life magazine and the National Trust, plus tips on photographing snowdrops, see: http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/how-to-photograph-snowdrops/

Pinch, punch - the first of the month (in the garden). February begins in the Middlesized Garden (video): see:https://youtu.be/5HlB1DvDIaQ

Would you like to take your garden 'up a notch'? Or have you just moved in and don't know what you've got or what to do with it? Then it may be time to call in an expert for a 'garden appraisal'. Here's how: http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/time-garden-appraisal/

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'Re-wilding' is a big new trend in gardening - three different angles on it here:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/re-wilding-matter/

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On Thursday I went to an exhibition called 'Dead Beautiful' featuring dead and dying flowers and plants and a 'floral installation.' It was created by Rakes Progress, one of the new breed of magazines. Here are some photos of the exhibition (13 Floral St, Covent Garden, last days this weekend) and a video review of Rakes Progress, with some amazing pics making chrysanthemums look hip! See.https://youtu.be/YiPQgaR3fIY

Every Wednesday there's an expert gardening tip or review on the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel. The latest is how to help your irises flourish in a mixed border: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThemiddlesizedgardenCoUk

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Did you know you can make beautiful dyes for silk and wool from your garden plants and vegetable peelings? This beautiful pink blanket was dyed by Yasmin Hossain in her own kitchen out of avocado skins and stones. Find out how here:https://youtu.be/EmBjckh-Oe8

Middlesized Garden of the Month - the hens!

There's a new series starting on the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel called Middlesized Garden of the Month. The first one is Kylie O'Brien's English country garden, and these are her hens. To see the garden itself and pick up English country garden style, see:https://youtu.be/04hQMPfhLfw

How to find a gardener who's perfect for your garden - The Middle-Sized Garden

How to find the perfect gardener for your garden! (or, if you've got a gardener already, there are some useful tips for making sure that you are all happy with the way it's going) See:http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/how-to-find-a-gardener-whos-perfect-for-your-garden/

If growing more veg is a New Year's resolution, then see this video with tips from Pippa Greenwood, when she visited the Middlesized Garden:https://youtu.be/7JTWeLN1OYc

Lottie vs The Gardening Glove

While filming this month's 'First of the Month in the Garden' for the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel, Lottie bravely took on a vicious gardening glove and after a tussle, she won! If you'd like actually to see the garden, there's a link in the comments below.

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Have you started to plan next year's borders yet? There are some wonderfully inspiring combinations in this video from Cloudehill, Australia (where the climate can get as cold as the UK, so it's not all tropical!). See:https://youtu.be/-xpGC4CrRNw

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I've been doing a video challenge called 'Vlogmas' where you upload a new video every day to YouTube. What did I achieve and should you try it? See:https://youtu.be/vcNEMvkFn9s

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The winter solstice plant is mistletoe - a very elegant, understated plant for decorating, sehttps://youtu.be/22yATDdAAMUe

Autumn view Garden