Archive | August, 2009

Urban beekeepers

31. August 2009

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Urban beekeepers

Regent Street in London is going to produce its own honey thanks to a hive containing more than 15,000 bees high above the shopping mass.The Crown Estate which owns Regent Street has already installed its first colony and is planning dozens more if the experiment is a success. A special honey garden has been created […]

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Climate Change help from RHS

24. August 2009

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The Royal Horticultural Society as the UK’s leading gardening charity has embraced the issues facing gardeners as a result of climate change. It provides excellent climate change information pages on its web-site with advice about the issues our gardens are facing – both now and in the long term future. http://www.rhs.org.uk/climate/index.asp On 6th September RHS […]

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Banana Update from the South Coast

23. August 2009

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Banana Update from the South Coast

The very warm weather this week is brilliant news for the fruit on the banana plant growing in Eastbourne that I talked about recently.Finger-like bananas  have emerged which look really healthy so I am hoping they will ripen soon. Its an amazing site  that I see every time I walk to the the Meads.I can’t […]

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Other people’s gardens

23. August 2009

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Other people’s gardens

The sun continues to shine and temperatures are still high creating some wonderful sights in people’s gardens. Checking out what the neighbours are growing is of my favourite things – its a great place to find out what is doing well in your local area and for planting inspiration.Maybe this is just an English thing […]

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Hottest Day of 2009?

19. August 2009

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Hottest Day of 2009?

Predictions are that temperatures here on the South Coast will reach a staggering 32c today.This will make it the hottest day of the year so far – and possibly a taste of things to come? Now is the perfect time to make sure your garden can cope with these higher temperatures  by planting a selection […]

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Moonlight Bananas

12. August 2009

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Moonlight Bananas

I was walking along  a local street tonight when I cames across across this amazing site: A banana plant bearing some impressive looking large bracts ( leaf-like structure) that are shed as the fruit develops http://www.kew.org/ksheets/banana According to the RHS, bananas rarely produce fruit outdoors in the UK as they need constant warm and humid […]

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Climate Change Nurseries

10. August 2009

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Welcome to the Climate Change Nursery Guide It is important to seek out good quality plants for climate change gardening so that they have the best chance of coping with increasingly unpredictable weather conditions. To help in this process, I have created the Climate Change Nursery Guide which offers useful information about the various specialist […]

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

9. August 2009

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

This week is being celebrated on allotments all over the UK as it is National Allotments Week. Run by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Growers since 2005, this aims to promote the awareness and availablitity of allotments locally and nationally to demonstrate to local authorities the strength of support and interest for the […]

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Tropical and non-tropical Hibiscus

9. August 2009

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Tropical and non-tropical Hibiscus

Thought I would share this beautiful Hibiscus with you . Three weeks ago I bought a standard plant brimming with  buds which now sits on my desk.Every morning another beautiful flower is there to greet me when I sit down at my computer to work. The colours are particularly unusual – the bright pink centre […]

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Late Summer Hot Flower Flush

5. August 2009

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Late Summer Hot Flower Flush

This is what the Met Office is predicting for late August through to September and, if today’s temperatures of 28c are anything to go by, it looks promising. At this time of year the traditional herbaceous border looks a bit down in the dumps – flowering is over for many plants  and the endless round […]

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