Archive | September, 2009

Climate Change garden for Isle of Wight

24. September 2009

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Interesting climate change news from the RHS web-site today: 24 September 2009 A new garden has been created by volunteers at the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight and planted with half-hardy exotics to test the limits of what it’s possible to grow as as the effects of climate change become more marked. […]

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Dazzling Dahlias

21. September 2009

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Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are doing well this Autumn. .The key to success is a really good rich soil with plenty of organic material, a regular pruning, possibly staking as the plants grow ever taller and the occasional feed.http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plantprofile_dahlia.shtml What I love about these plants is that they flower at a time when the garden needs a real […]

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

20. September 2009

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

According to the Met Office, summer in the UK officially ends at the end of August.  However, every year we seem to get these wonderful sunny September and October days that make the line between the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn rather blurred. Temperatures in the South East have been in the […]

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Americans rant on lawn issues

19. September 2009

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The issue of maintaining America’s 25 million acres of lawn that use a staggering 3 million tons of fertilisers continues. Just found this newly launched web-site from the wonderful ladies who set up Garden Rant, a popular gardening blog in the USA who, like me are utterly convinced that GARDENING MATTERS! Check out : http://www.gardenrant.com/ […]

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

11. September 2009

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

I popped round to see what has been happening in The Village allotments in the Meads, Eastbourne and bumped into a very interesting guy called Jo. I was actually admiring his impressive sweet corn – or maize as he calls it – and he explained that he had grown them from seed sent to him […]

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Bananarama!

9. September 2009

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Bananarama!

Here are the latest photos of the bananas growing outside near to the Co-Op in the Meads,Eastbourne: As you can see there are now two sweet little bunches of bananas  – hope all this lovely hot sunshine will ripen them to yellow Such a bizarre site and certainly  the talk of Meads Village.

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Climate change challenge for French wine

8. September 2009

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Climate change challenge for French wine

French wine production is feeling the heat acording to a new report just issued by Greenpeace. A climatically-sensitive process, French viniculture is being seriously chellenged by the impacts of global warming – summer heat waves, recent hail storms in the Bordelais and the emergence of new diseases. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/french-wine-climate040909

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A Mediterranean scene?

8. September 2009

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A Mediterranean scene?

With warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies this week, Eastbourne seafront looks more like a Mediterranean resort . The palms and exotic planting seem to thrive on the coast. Maybe the traditional english deckchairs  and the Union Jack  in this photo do give the scene that ultimate english feel? Thought I would share some more […]

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Gardening in a changing climate at RHS Wisley

7. September 2009

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Gardening in a changing climate at RHS Wisley

Yesterday I took part in the climate change walk around the RHS Wisley gardens in Surrey which is part of the British Science Festival taking place this week. Climate Change Gardening is a subject close to my heart so I was disappointed to see that I was the only person on the walk ! The […]

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Lawn Diary- September

2. September 2009

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Lawn Diary- September

Warmer temperatures at this time of year will encourage grass growth so you may still need to mow your lawn but not as often. Be flexible about when you mow the  lawn as if it is very dry, the grass will need to be interfered with. Heavy rainfall often comes all at once now which […]

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