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Instead, just think about rooms that seem with their colour schemes to be flooded with light whatever the weather, are furnished with pieces with timeless good looks and effortlessly seem to combine comfort with elegance. This is the essence of cool, calm, sleek ‘Scandi style’ and those appealing qualities explain perhaps why we don’t seem to be able to get enough of it. While Swedish giant, Ikea, has long dominated the mass market with its winning combination of top class design and rock-bottom prices, the growing popularity of the look has now brought a host of other smaller companies to the UK, offering people even more opportunity not only to interpret the look in their own homes but in a more individual way. Companies who’ve recently come to the UK include inspirational Finnish fabric-makers, Marimekko, through to Iittala, which offers a treasure trove of Finnish glassware and accessories. Scandinavia’s style is inspired partly by its seasons as interior designer, Gail Abbott explains: “In the far northern countries of Scandinavia, the clear

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summer light is one of the dominant features of the landscape. Forests, lakes and mountains are bathed in its clarity, and for half the year the sun hardly sets below the horizon. “People make the most of the outdoors while they can, for the winter means long, dark days, when light is low and shortlived. Because of this, light is a quality that is highly valued.” So the fundamental principles of the Scandinavian look are – light-reflective white painted walls, modest window treatments designed to avoid blocking the light and a basically uncluttered feel. They work together to create a smooth blend of the contemporary and the timeless, which can suit any home and isn’t expensive to achieve. But while pale walls and white surfaces give an authentic feel to a room, acres of white could be cold and unappealing in our hard Northern light, so the use of an accent colour adds individuality, interest and warmth. Gail, is the author of a new beautifully illustrated book, Living with Light, which shows how to recreate all the hometransforming elements of the style.

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also offers advice on how to expand your culinary repertoire by growing items such as lemon grass, Thai basil and kiwi fruit. “There was a time, of course, when courgettes and sweetcorn were considered exotic,” he muses. “Sweetcorn does like a good summer still, but we have more varieties now which are bred for cooler summers, such as North Star. They do better in a colder climate because they grow faster.” Sprouting seeds, which are dead easy to grow without soil, pots or even a garden, add zest to stir fries and

salads. These include fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), spicy sprouts ideal for stir-fries, aduki beans (Vigna angularis), slightly spicy-tasting beans with large seeds, and mung bean (Vigna radiata), the original Chinese beansprout, star of a million take-aways. Oriental leaves including pak choi, mizuma and Chinese mustard greens are also easy to grow and not very time-consuming. Some are used as baby salad leaves, others in stir-fries. As a general rule, they should be sown outside from May to August (pak choi from mid-June), where you want the crops to grow. Many of the newer ingredients which we want to grow ourselves, such as

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edroom partners are By Gabrielle Fagan seldom perfect in every way but when they become tired looking, scruffy and frankly past their sell-by-date, wobbly piles of magazines. This is seriously not doing anything they should be ditched.

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JACKSON’S ‘boutique’ Garden Centre, as it has recently been rebranded, was established as a nursery about 40 years ago. Set in the beautiful hills of Trelawnyd some 600ft up, it was the perfect spot for shrubs and conifers to flourish. Times move and although run by members of the original family, it has now developed into a highly individual centre with an eye for trends and fashions, which sit comfortably with traditional quality and value. The enormous selection of gifts and home accessories reflect this while the quality and selection of plants form a strong part of Jackson’s nursery heritage Its ethos extends into the tea rooms, where the majority of cakes are baked in its kitchens, hams are home-baked, free range organic eggs are locally sourced and in the summer months, salad crops are home grown ● So why not make time to visit Jackson’s Garden Centre at Trelawnyd, Dyserth. For more details, telephone 01745 570680.

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anging baskets are a sure-fire way of adding a mass of colour and texture to the outside of your home – but what if your patio is north-facing? How are you going to make a dull shady area sizzle with colour?

Many gardeners avoid placing hanging baskets in shade, but there are some plants that will do well without direct sun and still provide a splash of colour where it is needed. The most obvious bedding plants which can withstand shade are Busy Lizzies, which you can plant successfully in wire hanging baskets, planted not just on the surface of the basket but also in slits in the liner around the sides. Trailing varieties of Busy Lizzies including Spellbound are now available, to provide your shady spot with a ball of colour all summer. Alternatively, if you want an ideal specimen in the centre of your basket go for one of the New Guinea Busy Lizzies, which are larger and more leafy but produce fantastic blooms in a wealth of colours. But while most bedding requires some direct sunlight, you can create wonderful hanging baskets

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from plants which provide contrasting foliage and texture. Mix leafy plants including begonias and hostas with spiky grasses and flowing ferns for an eye-catching contrast. There are some fuchsias which will do well in the shade, including F. ‘Eva Boerg’, whose trailing stems of deep rose-coloured flowers cascade beautifully over a large pot, or the popular ‘Swingtime’, which is ideal for a hanging basket, producing large red and white flowers. Some heuchera are also perfect for adding dramatic leaf contrast to a basket. H. ‘Colour Dream’, for instance, has scalloped leaves patterned with purple and in the summer the leaves develop a red edge. It likes some cool shade and its silvery sheen adds lustre to a dull scene. One of my hanging baskets is in shade at the front of my house and I find that bacopa works well as a trailing filler, its white flowers contrasting well with the daisy-like lilac flowers of brachyscome. Whatever you choose, remember that hanging baskets can dry out easily in shade, just as they do in sun. Make sure when planting that you

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Many gardeners avoid placing hanging baskets in shade, but there are some plants that will do well without direct sun and still provide a splash of colour where it is needed. The most obvious bedding plants which can withstand shade are Busy Lizzies, which you can plant successfully in wire hanging baskets, planted not just on the surface of the basket but also in slits in the liner around the sides. Trailing varieties of Busy Lizzies including Spellbound are now available, to provide your shady spot with a ball of colour all summer. Alternatively, if you want an ideal specimen in the centre of your basket go for one of the New Guinea Busy Lizzies, which are larger and more leafy but produce fantastic blooms in a wealth of colours. But while most bedding requires some direct sunlight, you can create wonderful hanging baskets

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from plants which provide contrasting foliage and texture. Mix leafy plants including begonias and hostas with spiky grasses and flowing ferns for an eye-catching contrast. There are some fuchsias which will do well in the shade, including F. ‘Eva Boerg’, whose trailing stems of deep rose-coloured flowers cascade beautifully over a large pot, or the popular ‘Swingtime’, which is ideal for a hanging basket, producing large red and white flowers. Some heuchera are also perfect for adding dramatic leaf contrast to a basket. H. ‘Colour Dream’, for instance, has scalloped leaves patterned with purple and in the summer the leaves develop a red edge. It likes some cool shade and its silvery sheen adds lustre to a dull scene. One of my hanging baskets is in shade at the front of my house and I find that bacopa works well as a trailing filler, its white flowers contrasting well with the daisy-like lilac flowers of brachyscome. Whatever you choose, remember that hanging baskets can dry out easily in shade, just as they do in sun. Make sure when planting that you

COLOURFUL: A lovely hanging basket display. add water-retaining granules and slow-release fertiliser to the compost and choose a liner that’s going to retain the moisture well, such as an old woolly jumper. While moss looks natural, it doesn’t do much for retaining water. There have been times when I’ve just used polythene, with holes cut around the sides for drainage but not at the bottom. It doesn’t look pretty at first, but once the plants have taken hold, you can’t see it anyway.

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also offers advice on how to expand your culinary repertoire by growing items such as lemon grass, Thai basil and kiwi fruit. “There was a time, of course, when courgettes and sweetcorn were considered exotic,” he muses. “Sweetcorn does like a good summer still, but we have more varieties now which are bred for cooler summers, such as North Star. They do better in a colder climate because they grow faster.” Sprouting seeds, which are dead easy to grow without soil, pots or even a garden, add zest to stir fries and

salads. These include fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), spicy sprouts ideal for stir-fries, aduki beans (Vigna angularis), slightly spicy-tasting beans with large seeds, and mung bean (Vigna radiata), the original Chinese beansprout, star of a million take-aways. Oriental leaves including pak choi, mizuma and Chinese mustard greens are also easy to grow and not very time-consuming. Some are used as baby salad leaves, others in stir-fries. As a general rule, they should be sown outside from May to August (pak choi from mid-June), where you want the crops to grow. Many of the newer ingredients which we want to grow ourselves, such as

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Relationship counsellors might wince at such harsh, unforgiving treatment but we’re talking image here and you can’t be too careful. Actually, it’s nothing personal. I’m referring to the bedside table, which is one of the most useful pieces of furniture in the house but one that can be so taken for granted. Be ashamed if it’s just an unattractive, cluttered dumping ground, coated with coffee mug stains and

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GARDENING GURU: Alan Titchmarsh, whose book,The Kitchen Gardener, is published by BBC Books, priced £20. lemon grass, will need to be grown under glass, he admits. “You can’t grow lemon grass outside because it’s too tender. It’s best grown indoors at room temperature in the winter, but it can be put in the conservatory or out on the patio in summer.” The bases of the grassy stems are the only bits that are any good for cooking and are particularly good in Thai dishes. But be warned, lemon grass is quite a large, coarse, grassy, unattractive plant with sharp-edged leaves which can be hazardous if you have small children. Thai basil is another one to try at home, although it can be tricky, says Titchmarsh. “Basil likes a warm climate. I grow it in pots in the greenhouse. It’s a Mediterranean plant and you need to sprinkle a few seeds in a pot every couple of weeks and you’ve always got a succession coming along. As long as you’ve got a well-lit windowsill or a porch just to give it an umbrella from the worst of the weather, it’ll be okay.” Cape gooseberries, usually served at the side of your plate for decorative purposes in upmarket restaurants, are another less well-known fruit. The fruit can also be used for making jam and do best in a greenhouse. They are an acquired taste and Titchmarsh admits he doesn’t like them, but you’ll impress your dinner guests if you have grown your own decorative additions. “Don’t think they’re anything like the Chinese lantern flower in your border because they’re a different species. But you can grow them,” he says. “You might also fancy trying their close cousin, tomatillo, which is currently enjoying a minor surge in popularity as an ingredient of authentic Mexican salsa.” Titchmarsh does have a personal favourite veg, which is a far cry from the exotic – red onions. “I use them in so many dishes. They are that much sweeter than ordinary white onions and all you need is olive oil in a pan, chop up a red onion and think what else you are going to put in, either an egg for an omelette or a bit of rice and make it into a risotto. It’s so versatile and dead easy to grow. All you need are sets and you’re half way there.”

JACKSON’S ‘boutique’ Garden Centre, as it has recently been rebranded, was established as a nursery about 40 years ago. Set in the beautiful hills of Trelawnyd some 600ft up, it was the perfect spot for shrubs and conifers to flourish. Times move and although run by members of the original family, it has now developed into a highly individual centre with an eye for trends and fashions, which sit comfortably with traditional quality and value. The enormous selection of gifts and home accessories reflect this while the quality and selection of plants form a strong part of Jackson’s nursery heritage Its ethos extends into the tea rooms, where the majority of cakes are baked in its kitchens, hams are home-baked, free range organic eggs are locally sourced and in the summer months, salad crops are home grown ● So why not make time to visit Jackson’s Garden Centre at Trelawnyd, Dyserth. For more details, telephone 01745 570680.

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