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KOKEDAMA – A QUICK GUIDE

Kokedama in English, literally means  "moss ball" and is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of both bonsai and kusamono planting styles.   Kokodama encapsulates the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, which can be explained as an appreciation of nature’s imperfections and the transience of natural beauty. Characteristics of Wabi-sabi include simplicity, warmth, earthy, irregular, rough, natural, acceptance and observation. Like Bonsai Kokedama [...]

TOP 5 ALTERNATIVES TO CUT FLOWERS FOR VALENTINES DAY

Fresh cut flowers are a beautiful, classic valentines gift. But their short life expectancy means they soon wilt and fade, so why not consider one of our top picks for a gift that will continue to grow and bloom long into your relationship.   Anthuriums With its heart-shaped leaf like spathe, the Anthurium makes a perfect valentines gift. You can enjoy bold coloured blooms for eight weeks, with the potential for year round re-blooming. Native to the tropical regions of the Americas, from [...]

PICKING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmas rolls around only once a year and we understand the importance of picking the perfect tree. But with so many varieties, sizes and shapes on offer – where do you start, and what should you look for? Our tree expert Rachel Patey at Capital Gardens, has put together a handy guide to help navigate both newcomers and seasoned experts through the joy of Christmas tree shopping: Picking the tree variety… One for families… Our Fir varieties (Nordman, Fraser and Noble) may [...]