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Woman's Weekly Living Series October 2021

Published by IPC Media. Published 9 times per year the Woman's Weekly Living Series has issues daedicated to health, gardening, cooking and knitting, as well as seasonal specials.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

in this issue

2 min
let’s get gardening

EDEN’S SOUTH AFRICAN GARDENS Travelling to exotic destinations may not be possible right now, but a visit to Cornwall’s Eden Project could be the next best thing. The latest additions are two gardens full of the floral wonders of South Africa. In partnership with South African conservation organisations, the project developed a South African Garden in the Mediterranean Biome. As part of this, seeds from endangered plants have been carefully selected, sown and grown here. Among the stand-out plants are three different species of conebush, part of the Proteaceae family which defines South Africa’s fynbos (fine bush) habitats. The garden is being transformed this summer with a brand new planting and walking trail, highlighting the country’s incredible biodiversity. Rosie Henstridge, Living Landscapes Technician, said: ‘We have an opportunity to inspire our visitors with some…

1 min
plant of the month

Rudbeckia There is a definite zing in the air as borders put on their last hurrah before summer’s end. Flowering into October, rudbeckias are one plant guaranteed to light up your garden until the first frosts. Commonly called black-eyed Susan, they’re either annual or perennial and very easy to grow. The half-hardy annual rudbeckia comes in a great variety of shapes and colours from simple golden daisies to more unusual shaggy, richly coloured flowerheads. These are perfect for containers and border edgings and easy to raise from seed. The perennial varieties tend to be taller and can make a large, long-lived clump. Plant in the autumn for flowers next July. Choose from ‘Herbstsonne’, the tallest at 1.8m with floppy golden flowers, R. fulgida varieties ‘Goldsturm’ and R. deamii both reaching 60cm tall and perfect…

1 min
shed of the year

The Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition attracted a high calibre of entries this year. Businesswoman Joanna van Blommestein, who launched a bra-fitting boutique, and Catholic priest, Father Len Black, who used his shed to stream Mass every day during lockdown, are among the finalists. Head judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox said: ‘The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us and, now more than ever, we’re aware of how important the humble shed can be.’ After a year of successive lockdowns, this year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition has been the fiercest yet, with a record-breaking 331 entrants vying for shed glory – more than double the entries seen in the 2020 competition. Among nine categories in the competition, the Lockdown category introduced last year…

1 min
rhs sustainable products awards

TWOOL NAKED This is a general purpose garden twine made of undyed Dartmoor wool. Soft to handle and durable, it blends naturally into the garden and reduces your carbon footprint. £6.50, 100m, twool.co.uk PLANTBOX PlantBox is a vertical living wall system. Troughs are made in Norfolk using 100% recycled materials and feature a watering reservoir. From £60 for three, the above display shows two sets of 10 troughs, £360 plus delivery. growingrevolution.com WOOL COMPOST WITH COMFREY Dalefoot, the Lake District peat-free compost maker, has added comfrey to its entire Wool Compost range. Combined with bracken, it gives extra super charge of nutrients and trace elements. From £7.99, 2-11 bags delivery £10, dalefootcomposts.co.uk…

1 min
products for the eco-friendly gardener

The RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year has been going for 10 years. This year the competition turned the focus on sustainability, promoting products with green credentials. In the last issue we shared news of the winning Ocean Plastic Pot made from discarded fishing rope and this month we show you some of the shortlisted products, two using sourced British wool. Runners up include the Sneeboer Maintenance Kit to increase the lifespan of your garden tools, a robotic lawnmower from Platts Horticulture with zero emissions, and Green Oaks Composting Loo by GreenOakFurniture.co.uk (below). The transportable frame is inspired by a Sedan chair while the hut offers the ultimate in outdoor convenience.…

1 min
new plants for autumn

FESTUCA ‘SUNRISE’ The tops of this evergreen grass become a vibrant orange at the end of the season, bringing autumn warmth to the border. Drought tolerant, plant in well-drained soil. Height 70cm. £18. Tel 01386 562 999; hayloft.co.uk ROSE ‘DUKE OF EDINBURGH’ In memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh this commemorative rose was launched to mark his centenary. £2.50 of every sale will be donated to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Living Legacy Fund. £12.99 bareroot. Tel 01462 420402; roses.co.uk PYRACANTHA ‘SUNNY STAR’ Having far fewer thorns than most pyracanthas, this variety makes a vibrant display against walls or fences in sun or semi-shade. Height: 3m. From £12.49. Tel 0844 573 1818; thompson-morgan.com…