Philadelphus 'Virginal' Mock orange - deciduous, upright shrub that's fully hardy, but very vigorous, so needs to be given plenty of room to grow. To keep plants in shape, cut back shoots to a strong buds every year after flowering. On older plants, also remove roughly a quarter of the oldest branches each year to encourage new growth. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter. Full sun, part shade, height 300cm, spread 250cm

Philadelphus 'Virginal' Mock orange - deciduous, upright shrub that's fully hardy, but very vigorous, so needs to be given plenty of room to grow. To keep plants in shape, cut back shoots to a strong buds every year after flowering. On older plants, also remove roughly a quarter of the oldest branches each year to encourage new growth. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter. Full sun, part shade, height 300cm, spread 250cm

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A cozy Hobbit-sized house for the children to run through and roll over. Photo: Clare Hancock

A cozy Hobbit-sized house for the children to run through and roll over. Photo: Clare Hancock

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Each of Rob Heard's wooden Bough House sculptures takes several months to complete. Every intricate spiral staircase, walkway and ladder leads somewhere...inviting the imagination on a miniature exploration through an array of turrets and towers. The sculptures can be over six feet tall and each one is completely unique, taking inspiration from the wood and the surrounding Somerset countryside.

Each of Rob Heard's wooden Bough House sculptures takes several months to complete. Every intricate spiral staircase, walkway and ladder leads somewhere...inviting the imagination on a miniature exploration through an array of turrets and towers. The sculptures can be over six feet tall and each one is completely unique, taking inspiration from the wood and the surrounding Somerset countryside.

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Keep this in mind if you start seeing lots of spiders around your place.   Natural spider killer or preventer... take one cup of vingar, one cup of pepper, a teaspoon of oil and liquid soap. Put it into a spray bottle and spray along the outside of your outside door and along windows; refresh after it rains.

Keep this in mind if you start seeing lots of spiders around your place. Natural spider killer or preventer... take one cup of vingar, one cup of pepper, a teaspoon of oil and liquid soap. Put it into a spray bottle and spray along the outside of your outside door and along windows; refresh after it rains.

For the Deck:  Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes. The strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away. Very functional patio plant, plus, the leaves make a great healthy tea, and the cut up stems are great in Thai dishes, like Tom Lum (coconut milk) soup.

For the Deck: Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes. The strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away. Very functional patio plant, plus, the leaves make a great healthy tea, and the cut up stems are great in Thai dishes, like Tom Lum (coconut milk) soup.

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