Archive | July, 2009

London Capital Growth – recycle and grow your own

10. July 2009

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London Capital Growth  – recycle and grow your own

Capital Growth is all about using everyday items to grow a few veggies or planting in unusual places like these wonderful runner beans above, doing fine on a wall supported by old supermarket trays for drainage. Its a new organisation set up by journalist turned smallholder Rosie Boycott and Mayor Boris Johnson to open 2012 […]

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RHS Hampton Court Show highlights Global Gardening

7. July 2009

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Today is the first day of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and gardeners all over the country will be heading to the Palace grounds for 6 days of  horticultural fever. Good news that temperatures are now a comfortable 20c. Still plenty of sunshine around and most importantly we are having lots of lovely rain […]

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Met Office Climate Change info at RHS Hampton Court

5. July 2009

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Met Office Climate Change info at RHS Hampton Court

The Met Office is giving a clear guide to the facts about climate change and what can be expected in the future at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next week.Read what they are saying about it on their web-site: Our climate is changing, and for many gardeners the first evidence of this can […]

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Mind the weather!

3. July 2009

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Mind the weather!

The British weather never ceases to amaze me – 91F yesterday and today we have reversed to 19c! Its a fascinating place to be a gardener and the unpredictability of our UK climate is certainly good preparation for climate change. Weather for gardeners is THE vital subject when deciding what to do and what to […]

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Heat Watch Alert at Level 3 – 91c

2. July 2009

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Heat Watch Alert at Level 3 – 91c

Met Office predicts 91F for today By Stephen Adams Published: 8:14PM BST 01 Jul 2009 Raising the Heat Health Watch alert to ‘level three’ for London and south east England, denoting a heatwave, forecasters said “dangerous” conditions were likely to persist until Friday. The Met Office raised the alert level to one below the maximum […]

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Paramount Plants, Crews Hill, North of London

2. July 2009

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Paramount Plants, Crews Hill, North of London

Paramount Plants hhtp://www.paramountplants.co.uk is based in Crews Hill, Enfield, just 5 minutes from junction 25 of the M25. It is a very friendly, relaxed nursery with a good range of plants at much cheaper prices than some London nurseries. When I visited they had an impressive display of beautiful, large camelias full of wonderful buds/flowers […]

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RHS green energy at Hampton Court

2. July 2009

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RHS green energy at Hampton Court

Great to hear that the RHS is creating a major Garden Energy feature, the first of its kind in the UK, to illustrate the impact of climate change on the garden, from 1950 to 2050, and how to ameliorate its effects. The RHS commissioned Sarah Eberle to create the design at the 2009 Hampton Court […]

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Selecting Plants for a Global Garden

1. July 2009

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Selecting Plants for a Global Garden

The wonderful hot weather this summer is a great time for exploring  new and unusual plants  to introduce to your garden. My advice is to be adventurous  – don’t go just for the traditional herbacouse plants. THINK BIG AND BOLD WITH CLIMATE CHANGE PLANTS Many of these plants originate from much warmer countries overseas but […]

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Mediterranean Agapanthas

1. July 2009

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Mediterranean Agapanthas

Just returned from Portugal to this amazing tropical weather that has brought into flower one of my favourite low maintenance plants – the majestic agapanthas. Agapanthas grow in great big clumps of fabulous showy flowers all over Portugal. If summer temperatures continue to be this high, then the future could see SE England offering similar […]

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