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Houseplant of the month: Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is especially popular because of its beautifully coloured leaves. Whilst these are often seen as its flowers, these are actually bracts that are formed in a star shape. At this time of the year, you might be used to seeing the Poinsettia in red mostly. However, this year pastel colours such as pink, apricot, lemon and salmon are trending.

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Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk
Plant-based Christmas Recipes

Try some delicious plant-based Christmas recipes this festive season instead of the traditional turkey and surprise your guests with some healthy plant-based, festive food. The options for plant-based food are endless now with so many ingredients and recipes to choose from. From using vegetables with tofu, seitan or jackfruit you can create some interesting and incredibly tasty plant-based dishes. We have picked some great recipes for you to try.

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Guide to choosing the right Christmas Tree

Our guide to choosing the right Christmas Tree will help you to decide on the perfect Christmas tree to give your home the festive feel for December. From real Christmas trees with that traditional smell of pine needles to something pre dressed and easy to install, there are so many options. All you have to do is pick the perfect one for you and your family.

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Celebrate National Tree Week

National Tree Week has begun, from 23rd November to 1st December we celebrate the UK’s largest yearly tree celebration. It is timed to mark winter tree planting season which is November to March every year and the perfect time to plant trees. National Tree Week has been running since 1975 by The Tree Council and is a great way to spread the word about the importance of trees and do something really special for trees. There are many ways to celebrate the importance of trees from running events to talking a walk in woodland and educating children and communities. Have a read of our ideas to celebrate this important week. 

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Microgreens for fresh nutrition over the winter months

The festivities can take over any kind of healthy diet plus there is less growth in the kitchen garden but there is a very special something that can be grown on a windowsill or in the greenhouse during the winter months. Plus you’ll be harvesting within one to three weeks. Microgreens are easy to grow and packed full of nutrition, in fact, more than the fully matured vegetable. Microgreens are the seedlings of many well-loved vegetables and herbs, simply grown to a few inches before harvesting. Perfect as garnishes, mixed in soups, salads and sandwiches to add a packed punch of nutrition to a dish.

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Home trends: wallpaper & plants

Houseplants are a big trend at the moment, one we really hope will stay for a very long time. They add to a home in so many ways from cleaning the air of toxins to softening your interiors. Greenery relaxes the mind and having plenty of it in your home can also help you to feel in touch with nature. With all of this in mind, there is no wonder plant and flower themed decoration is also big right now, from flowery lampshades to rugs and other accessories but why not make a statement with flowery or plant-themed wallpaper. Here is how to combine patterned wallpaper with your houseplants. 

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Top 5 porch decor ideas for the festive season

As the festive season begins, it is time to start decorating your home. The first place to start is the entrance so we have put together our top 5 decorations for your porch to make a seasonal entrance to your home. 

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Garden Plants of the moment: Red Plants

If you want to liven up your garden this winter, you can’t beat a bit of red. Red and green look sensational together, and whether it’s leaves, stems, berries or buds, plants are the perfect way to add a vibrant splash of red to the garden. Here are a few of our favourite red plants.

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5 x fabulous winter-scented plants

Nothing lifts the spirits on a cold day like a garden filled with fragrance. Even in the depths of winter, a few hardy plants carry on flowering, perfuming the air and reminding us that spring isn’t far away. We’ve picked our top five plants for winter scent.

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Houseplant of the month: Calathea 

The Calathea is a beautiful plant that can be characterised by its phenomenal leaf markings as well as shapes, which are oval, round or even spear-shaped. Not only do the leaves purify the air, they also have a day and night rhythm and therefore join in your daily routine. When it's getting dark, the leaves close and, if you listen carefully, you can hear the rustling of this. As soon as it gets light, the leaves unfold again. As such, the Calathea is also referred to as ‘the living plant’.

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Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk