Looking for a new mower this spring? Hannah Stephenson swot up on the many types available and which is best for you
Looking for a new mower this spring? Hannah Stephenson swot up on the many types available and which is best for you
Soon it will be all doing in the garden, with little time to think about it dispassionately. Grab this chance to review some of the ideas you had last season, remember some mistakes not to make again, consider where the gaps are and what you might do about them.
The internet is teeming with interiors-focused start-up design companies. Claire Spreadbury discovers a world wide web of chic boutiquers.
As the Easter holidays beckon, get the kids involved in gardening tasks and the great outdoors, says Hannah Stephenson
Since the Tube station has been shut for a while, I walked down to Holland Park from Notting Hill this week, which gave me a great opportunity to peer into the front gardens of the houses down Holland Park Avenue. It's a noisy old thoroughfare and I wasn't surprised that the people who owned the houses (or their minions) had tried so many different ways of pretending that the road wasn't there.
March marks National Bed Month - a great excuse to breathe new life into the bedroom, says Sam Wylie-Harris.
Layering is a great way of propagating many hard-to-root shrubs. Hannah Stephenson shows you how to tackle problem plants.
There are two great moments to prune shrubs and one of them is now. Pruning is an art and it is one that is worth learning.
First Minister Arlene Foster and SDLP MLA Claire Hanna talk about their special relationships with their mothers and reveal how their views were shaped growing up with these strong women in their lives. By Una Brankin and Karen Ireland.
Olympian Rebecca Adlington's crash on C4's The Jump was traumatic. The swimmer tells Gabrielle Fagan how she's overcoming the pain and how having a baby transformed her.
The Rhubarb Triangle. It sounds unlikely - a riff by Paul Merton perhaps. A fanciful mirage. But it exists, a patch of land roughly defined by Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, where heavy clay ground and chill winds blowing down from the Pennines provide ideal growing conditions for this vegetable that thinks it is a fruit.
Make Mother's Day personal this year by giving your favourite gardener a personalised present. Hannah Stephenson leafs through some of the best gardening gifts to make your mum feel like she's one in a million.
Primroses are in bloom all over the garden and in the lanes around, or at least in those bits of the lanes that still have banks. There were some serious slumps and collapses during the torrential rains of January. There are few houses here and none of them have flooded, but it's fortunate that nobody in our valley needed help in a hurry. What with landslides, fallen trees, and the stream deciding it was the Amazon,...
As decor trends head off in new directions, Gabrielle Fagan plots four routes for fresh, new looks in 2016
The Geological Society has just come to the end of a year celebrating mud and they make it sound unusually romantic. "Mud represents both an end and a beginning," they suggest. "The end of the cycle of erosion and transport and the beginning of the generation, through burial and transformation, of new materials of great value to society."
Planning a holiday this year? There's plenty of green trips featuring garden visits, plant markets and more. Hannah Stephenson looks at some great horticultural escapes.
Beautiful lighting is like jewellery for the home and its magical properties can make a setting. Gabrielle Fagan switches on to this year's brightest styles.
It was to be a 3,000-acre monument to the childhood Michael Jackson dreamed of but never had. "I'm just putting behind the gates everything I never got to do as a kid," he once said of his theme-park residence Neverland.
Hailee Steinfeld was just 13 when she landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2011 Oscars for True Grit. Her response to the news? "Being cast in such an incredible film was an award in itself," the modest star insisted.
An exotically-clad weather forecaster from the Met office is on the TV telling me to cover up if I'm planning to leave the house. The sharp cold of winter has now arrived and in places a sprinkling of frost can be found.
As you sit by the fire enjoying your glass of mulled wine and mince pie, now is a good time to start planning your garden for next year - and there are plenty of ideas out there.
Big, small, real or fake, there are lots of ways to create a festive focal point worthy of a gold star. Gabrielle Fagan shares three popular looks for this winter
What can you do with a balcony garden? People claim to grow edibles, lugging bags of compost back from Homebase on a bicycle and up three flights of stairs, but surely that's an exaggeration? Not according to allotment expert Lia Leendertz, who last year tracked down people who grow veg in ridiculously cramped conditions, yet who produce edible crops.
As the festive season begins, there's no better time to have a wander in your garden to see what greenery you might be able to use to make your own decorations.
Guests can be a duty or a pleasure, but whichever category they fall into, they need a stylish, comfortable room for overnight stays. Naturally, if you like them, you'll want to treat them to such a spoiling space that it encourages them to stay longer - and if you don't, if they like their room at least they'll want to retreat to it .
Anton du Beke has the look of a man who is just starting to believe he may be dancing his way to success. He's beaming as he talks about the growing public realisation (and his own) that after 11 years of trying to reach the final of Strictly, he has a partner in glamorous former...
This lady was not for turning. January, 2005, in the Big Brother house: Caprice's progress was blocked dramatically by Bez, the slightly potty one from Happy Mondays. The one-time Miss Teen California - despite being lathered in unflattering gunk and wearing a bikini - stood her...
Phillip Schofield chuckles as he recalls the welcome he gave his This Morning co-presenter Holly Willoughby when she returned from maternity leave earlier this year. "I took her out for a tequila lunch and now she doesn't like the taste of tequila," says the wine...
The London i-Tree eco project, a survey of the city's trees and their value to the ecosystem (the full findings of which are to be published soon) has thrown up some interesting early results. It found that there are as many trees in London as there are people: 1.5 million in inner London, 6.8 million in outer London. This makes London one of the most arboreal cities in the world, but the surprise is that the...
It's not often I feel virtuous. It is, anyway, an irritating trait. However, while washing the glass of the greenhouse windows, I felt surprised that I could be doing the kind of task that your eye usually skims over when viewing your jobs for the week.
It may take courage to create an ultra-glam look with extravagant textures in rich hues and jewel tones, but moody room sets, like Boutique Hotel at John Lewis, come into their own this time of year, and grand designs can be a pleasure to come home to.
Christmas is just around the corner, so Hannah Stephenson gets a head start by choosing presents for your green-fingered family and friends.
I've been planting spring. Which makes me sound like a megalomaniac. Of course, spring will happen whether I've been scuffling about with my trowel or not. But there is a particular sense of pleasure in setting bulbs in the ground now and imagining the show to come next year. If the badgers don't dig them up. If the squirrels don't scatter them while looking for the nuts they've buried. For heaven's sake! Why don't...
Award-winning nature photographer Heather Angel provides an intriguing insight into how flowers communicate with their pollinators in her 60th book, Pollination Power.
It's time to step up to the plate as dining rooms become home hotspots, says Gabrielle Fagan. Eat your heart out with these winning looks...
Hedgehog populations are in trouble. They've declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than a million left in the UK, according to the RHS.
The tree men have been in, cutting out the dead half of a willow. We generally leave this kind of work till the winter, but the willow worried me. Like most fast-growing trees, it is brittle.
With the leaves turning and the countryside ablaze with fiery reds, burnt oranges and straw yellows, there couldn't be a better time to spice up your space and introduce some warm accents and comfy chairs to 'fall' into.
Early in September, the swallows were already gathering in our valley, sitting on the telephone wires like crotchets on a stave. There must have been about 50 of them, twittering in that high-pitched way that no other bird matches. We've had a pair nesting in the woodshed again and they raised two broods this summer, two young birds from the first hatch, three from the second.
As farms, orchards and public gardens gear up for festivals and other events to celebrate Apple Day in October, Hannah Stephenson uncovers the secrets of success when trying grow this ever-popular native fruit tree.
Storage and order may not be sexy - but it is essential - unless you want to see your space eaten up by clutter, says Gabrielle Fagan
Pictures don't do Linda McAuley justice - the ones online at least, which fail to highlight her fine bone structure and slightly exotic dark eyes. On a drizzly afternoon in Belfast's Clayton Hotel, I hardly recognise the Radio Ulster presenter in the flesh.
At 2:32pm on September 5 last year, a message written on lined A4 pages, torn from a notebook and photographed lying on a brick floor was posted to Twitter and Facebook: "Like most relationships we had our good times and our bad, I will always be grateful for what we...
Ah, Northern English women. Their grit is in exact proportion to their love of glamour. The north of England is packed full of ladies who could probably see off a foreign invasion, armed with nothing but hair extensions and high heels.
As a tattooed rapper with a criminal past, Professor Green knows people will make assumptions about him. He tells Gabrielle Fagan why he hopes his autobiography will set the record straight.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house during the filming of the final scenes of Downton Abbey. "Blubbing like lunatics, most of them," says the charismatic Jim Carter, who plays the butler, Mr Carson. "I'll miss it too - at home on a Sunday night, my wife (actress Imelda...
It is hard to imagine a more fitting charity in memory of young strapping rugby player Fintan Hillyard than the one being launched next week by his young widow and his parents.
Most women make 'to do' lists and TV presenter Fiona Phillips is no exception. But there's nothing routine about the task she confesses to putting off completing.
Nisha Tandon OBE came to Belfast in 1977 from a well-to-do family in New Delhi, India, as the bride of an arranged marriage. The history and drama graduate faced difficulties in integrating in Northern Irish society in the beginning, but gradually found her feet through...
Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin from his mid-teens, Sir Michael Terence "Terry" Wogan is now considered a National Treasure. A star on TV and radio since his debut on the BBC's Light Programme in the summer of 1967, in the world of broadcasting, he has pretty much done it all.
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