Poinsettias are perfect for Christmas colour

..and not just for Christmas of course because poinsettias come in many other hues from cream to green to pink. But we tend to buy them as a yuletide tradition and rightly so because they are inject much needed colour at this time of year


Plants for Presents

From crates of plants and wild flower seeds to shampoo bars, eco throws and glass jars of matches, our guide is the gift that keeps on giving great ideas for tight budgets

Alice Hall - Holiday Time oil painting

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' annual exhibition - pieces available to buy in-person and online

Cyclamens are hardy for winter flowering

Lots of us tend to think flowers grow in the garden only from spring to early autumn. But we're forgetting our winter friend the cyclamen, which grows in myriad colours and comes in different sizes too. 

The Old Laboratory building at Wisley opens in March

If gardens are your thing, then head to Wisley in Surrey where among the many attractions is the Old Laboratory - open to the public for the first time in over a century

The renowned actor is the star of a forthcoming environmental short film shot entirely in wetlands in London

no single use plastic water bottles were sold at the golf tournament

The Volvo China Open Golf Tournament in Shenzhen used refill water stations throughout the venue for players and visitors, saving some 40,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfill or in the sea

ceramic striped baubles made in Cornwall

You've got the if you want to update the bauble collection you might like to know that British heritage pottery Cornishware has launched its first collection of ceramic mini baubles painted in its trademark stripes

cob houses date back thousands of years

Need a garden office or a place for your teenagers to hang out? Build your own using the ancient cob's apparently not that hard to do!