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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Prema Leathers is opening up her

Passion fruits, chillis and strawberry guava plants were just some of the exotic crops on display at an Ipswich resident’s open garden this weekend.

Hampton Court Flower Show opened it's doors to the press on Monday 4th July. Beautiful sunshine poured down on the incredible gardens.
L-R Cassandra Hodges,Alex Parker,John Triggs.

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a glorious tribute to the garden, featuring a number of Suffolk and north Essex designers, growers and suppliers, as Lynne Mortimer and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown discovered today.

Old Dower House - master bedroom

The Old Dower House is an interesting historic home, Grade II listed, in the heart of the village of Coddenham.

'I look after the garden but in tandem with all the bugs and beasties that are in it,' says Hazel Buchanan

‘My daughters call us The Hobbits...’ Hazel Buchanan’s one of the folk opening their gates to the public for Boxford’s big day


House prices have risen by more than 400% in some parts of Suffolk over the last 20 years, new figures show.

Pictured at the garden, left to right, Jonathan Hodgson (Pro Corda assistant director), Elizabeth McEneany, Andrew Quartermain (CEO and artistic director), Shiry Rashkovsky, Sarah Falk (Chair of Trustees), Susie Herman.  Picture by Shuvaseesh Das

Growers and garden designers from across the region were among yesterday’s medal winners at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Jermyn Cottage, Rushbrooke

If you’re looking for a little project - no major renovations required, perhaps the chance to operate a business from home - then this former almshouse could be just the ticket.


People who love historical homes, gorgeous gardens, or those who just want to have a look round someone else’s country pile, will get the opportunity to visit some of Suffolk’s most wonderful private properties this year, thanks to the Invitation To View initiative

Fika Range £5 - £16
Oliver Bonas

Adding plants to your home interior can help lift not only the décor, but also your mood, writes Amy Gallivan

31 Warrington Road, Ipswich

Snap-up this very nicely appointed family home, close to Christchurch Park and Ipswich School, on the market for £625,000.

The recent glimmer of sunshine with its hint of warmth has sent us into the garden where things are beginning to show signs of new life.

Voulnteers working in Abbot's Hall walled garden in the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket: 
Maria Child, Ben Fletcher, skills and participation manager Paul Palmer, Heather Seymour and Jo Biggs

When Heather Seymour moved from the Essex home she had lived in for years, she left behind not just a deeply-loved familiar place, or even somewhere with decades of happy memories. She also left behind the large garden that she had laboured over and loved for countless seasons. It was an enormous wrench to say goodbye and cross the county border into Suffolk, especially as 
her new home, less remote and 
close to her son and daughter-in-law in Needham Market, had only a 
small plot.

Designs for The Pro Corda Garden: A Suffolk Retreat at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

A calming corner of our county will be nestled among the gardens vying for gold at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Writtle College groundsman student Tom Grafen from Glemsford at the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, where he is an apprenice.

It is something many young football fans could only dream about, but walking out on to the hallowed turf at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium has become a daily occurrence for one Suffolk teenager.

Watering Pond in Aldeburgh

Here we bring you the 10 most expensive homes sold in Suffolk in January - including this house in Aldeburgh which sold for more than £1m.

Bob and Jane Reason's first house on Stowmarket Road, Needham Market, when they bought it in 1987

An entire generation of 20-somethings is facing a daunting struggle to get on the property market, and their parents are not holding out much hope either.

Hill Farm Barn, Rushmere St Andrew

This striking Suffolk barn conversion is in a tucked-away rural setting, on the edge of Rushmere St Andrew, yet convenient for the county town of Ipswich and for east Suffolk.

A summer day in the seaside village of Walberswick

New figures show second homes account for 40% of all houses in some coastal communities.

Willow End, Melton  (Fine & Country)

There’s a gorgeous finish to Willow End - no surprise as the current owner is an interior designer.

The way computing used to be in the 1960s: big rooms housing large machines

Colchester-born Colin on when Stansted was tiny, Marconi, and his love of gardening

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