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  • 22 May 2014

    Finding the best ethical florists

    Flowers are probably our most common default present - in the UK we spend £2.2 billion on cut flowers every year. A nice bunch for your mother-in-law to say happy birthday. A get-well gift for an ailing auntie. A token of love for your partner. Even a treat for yourself to brighten up the house after a long week at work. Flowers lift our spirits and speak words of condolence, comfort, celebration and love. And yet, our addiction to cut flowers is a bit of an ethical nightmare. […] more

  • 7 May 2014

    What to do in the garden in May

    May is often one of the most exciting months in the garden. Seeds sowed in early spring are really flourishing and often the combination of sunny days and rain showers causes an absolute abundance of greenery. Areas that looked barren are suddenly vibrant with life and seedlings shoot up - as do weeds. We once went away on holiday for two weeks in May and came back to a completely different garden: lush, gloriously green and completely overgrown! It’s a month for keeping an eye on the weeds too as they compete with seedlings for nutrients and moisture. […] more

  • 5 May 2014

    Make the most of asparagus

    May is officially asparagus season in Britain. Crunchy and fresh, asparagus is one of our most delicious vegetables, well worth the wait until spring. It’s also a vegetable that dehydrates quite quickly – hence those stringy, bitter asparagus tips in the supermarkets all year round, flown in from South America and Spain. British asparagus is surprisingly juicy and the flavour unique. From the lily family, alongside onions and leeks, asparagus has a bud-like head and a long stalk, both of which are edible. […] more

  • 2 May 2014

    10 places to see beautiful bluebells in the UK

    There’s something so wonderful about a bluebell wood, as if you have stepped into a magical kingdom. All is calm and peaceful, the only sound is the trill of birds and the air is infused with the sweet scent of the flowers. The colour is a radiant blue that seems to shimmer and hover under the trees, leaving a feeling of deep tranquillity. Every year I send a picture of my favourite bluebell woods to my British friend now living in Australia – I feel that if there were one thing I would miss more than anything if I emigrated it would be British woodland and bluebells. […] more

  • 17 Apr 2014

    10 ways to take action on Earth Day

    Launched on 22nd April 1970, Earth Day is an annual global call to arms to save our planet. With a focus on education, the day aims to raise awareness of the problems facing our world and what we can do about them. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, it was a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement. Before that, there was a distinct lack of interest and engagement with the reality of pollution and how it was harming our planet, as massive industry enjoyed the spoils of success. […] more

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