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How to make Elderflower Champagne

The elderflowers are in full bloom at the moment. Many years ago Jonathan Wallace came to visit me and we make some elderflower champagne, it was wonderful. We drank some a month later and the rest was kept for around 6 months. All bottles were drunk within the day it …

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Sowing Soapwort – Grow Your Own Soap

Using the roots, Soapwort, will produce a lather in the bowl, so it is possible to grow your own soap! Keep it in check thought as it can quickly spread like a weed. Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family. This plant has many common names, …

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Planting Spring Bulbs

daffodil

As the evening light fades earlier and earlier, nothing warms the heart more than thinking of spring and the first splash of colour. Now is the time to be planting spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and crocus. Even if you’ve only got a patio or a …

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Hyacinths for Christmas Colour

If you can’t wait for the first spring bulbs to bloom next year and want to have flowers at home during Christmas, Hyacinths are perfect for adding a splash of colour to the dark early evenings with the added scented bonus. This is achieved by using ‘pre-chilled’ bulbs, these are …

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