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New plants and products for 2017

New plants and products for 2017

Louise Midgley looks at newly introduced products and plants beautiful enough to grace our gardens. Rosa Dame Judi Dench from David Austin Roses This enchanting Hybrid Musk variety named after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, is one of only...
Making a mobility scooter a fashion accessory

Making a mobility scooter a fashion accessory

Etiquette expert Liz Brewer is never one to miss a party – even when she has broken her leg reports JANE SLADE Liz Brewer, who starred as the fearsome teacher in the TV series Ladette to Lady, decided to make The Chelsea Flower Show, her first outing after fracturing...
Learning to be an actress at 68

Learning to be an actress at 68

Older actresses complain there aren’t enough good parts for them but this has not deterred Lady Henrietta Rous who is pursuing an acting career at aged 68, reports JANE SLADE Lady Henrietta, whose family own the Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon (where the Water...
Decluttering without tears

Decluttering without tears

Can’t face the prospect of getting rid of your clutter? Don’t fear – our 10-point guide will provide all the help you need! Stick to the William Morris rule. If an object isn’t beautiful or useful, dont live with it? Books. If you didn’t enjoy a...
Making music in Retirement

Making music in Retirement

Retirement communities are discovering the joys of singing in later life. JANE SLADE seeks out the best retirement properties catering to musical residents “Singing bonds people together, exercises a range of muscles and makes you feel happy,” declares TV...