Archive | April, 2009

Sun then rain offers silver lining

27. April 2009

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Sun then rain offers silver lining

Yesterday, I visited a glorious garden near Lewes in East Sussex where the blossom on the trees looked simply stunning in the sunshine – it was truly magical as you can see from my photo above.This was the culmination of 10 days of truly spectacular weather with temperatures reaching 19c and literally no rain. Today, […]

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Lawn care tips

27. April 2009

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Lawn care tips

The traditional lawn that is synonymous with lazy summer days in England is under attack. The main problem for lawns is that, due to our changing weather patterns, there is no longer the same predictable cycle that has helped lawns in the UK to establish over many centuries. In a recent survey by WRAP, 44% […]

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Whats with the climate?

27. April 2009

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Whats with the climate?

If British gardeners think they have problems with climate change – read about how a country with over a billion population is dealing with this major issue? India has major climatical issues that are highlighted by this excellent site: http://www.whatswiththeclimate.org/ It is childen like these in Calcutta that will inherit the legacy of climate change […]

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Met Office predictions for our lawns

27. April 2009

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Met Office predictions for our lawns

Park the mower: climate change will kill off lawns The Met Office has issued this stark warning to the UK’s gardeners. Guy Barter, who oversees the RHS’s advisory service, suggested that lawns will become untenable in parts of southern England. The amount of water required to maintain the traditional green english lawn is unlikely to […]

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The Village Update

21. April 2009

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The Village Update

If you read this blog a few weeks back you would have seen that I am keen to secure a small plot  in a wonderful  group of allotments very near to my house in Eastbourne called The Village – right in the middle of the Meads if anyone knows the area. I keep popping  to […]

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Obama’s REAL dilema – veggie garden at the White House?

21. April 2009

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Obama’s REAL dilema – veggie garden at the White House?

As if saving the world was not enough for President Obama, it appears that even in his own home the pressure is on to take major decisions – about what to grow in his garden. This interesting article by Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post  explains the dilema Mr Obama is currently facing. So, you […]

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Americans are no April Fools as they dig for victory

21. April 2009

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Americans are no April Fools as they dig for victory

President Obama is in London today to share his vision for how (and if!) we can dig our way out of an enormous economic hole. Back home his fellow countrymen are also digging – in their gardens! It seems Americans are taking note of their inspirational leader’s self sufficiency at the White House and transforming […]

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

21. April 2009

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Greener shoots in economic crisis

  London may be suffering from an economic melt-down but it is also a fertile seed bed for green ideas. The current Mayor, Boris Johnson,  does not necessarily spring to mind when you think about gardening, but it seems that he has realised the value of vegetable gardens: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/nov/04/boris-london The Mayor is also supporting the excellent Capital […]

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Climate Change in Australia highlights need for plant preservation

21. April 2009

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Climate Change in Australia highlights need for plant preservation

Whilst the UK has experienced one of the coldest winters for many years, Australia has been enduring severe droughts, challenging the survival of many of its gardens and plant species. The exceptional heatwave particularly affected South East Australia during late Jan and early February 2009. Extreme conditions occured in North and East Tasmania, most of […]

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Maybe bananas can bear fruit in UK?

18. April 2009

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Read this amazing story published in the Independent last year : A plant enthusiast has shaken the horticultural world after successfully growing dozens of bananas in a British domstic property for what is believed to be the first time, Mike Hilliard, 64 bought three musa japonica plants two years ago to provide shade at his […]

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