Archive | October, 2009

Autumn returns with a Halloween storm

31. October 2009

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Autumn returns with a Halloween storm

The amazing sunny weather here on the South Coast over the past week has come to an abrupt end with the arrival of a severe weather front from the Atlantic. Its been raining most of the morning which is good for the garden as it was very dry. My bold orange canna defied the wet […]

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Temperatures “rocking” high

27. October 2009

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Temperatures “rocking” high

 Today was even hotter than yesterday here on the South Coast – in fact 7c warmer than normal for this time of year at 20c. As well as having wonderful sunny days this week, the nights have been really warm – almost too hot and I have been sleeping with the window wide open. Average night […]

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Mild autumn days prolong growing season

26. October 2009

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Mild autumn days prolong growing season

Its been a fabulous day – beautiful sunshine and temperatures of 19c – apparently this is the result of southerly winds blowing hot air from the Mediterranean up to the UK . This is set to last till the end of the week – Thursday may even reach 21c in London and the South East. […]

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Bannana Banter again

24. October 2009

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Bannana Banter again

If you have been following the story of the banana plant growing outside the Co-Op in Eastbourne then I am afraid its not good news. Despite the mild late Autumn weather and wonderful sunny days on the South Coast, the bananas never made it to any shade of yellow as you can see from the […]

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Climate change cycles

22. October 2009

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On Radio 4 today, Melvyn Bragg explored the geological history of our country going back over 400 million years when the UK was located south of the equator near to where Australia is today and Scotland was a separate entity situated near to the equator.http://www.thelamornasociety.org.uk/Pages/Geology.htm  Some 300 million years ago, the UK was covered with a tropical […]

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Orange glow in the garden

21. October 2009

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Orange glow in the garden

The mornings may be getting darker but every day I wake up there is a brilliant orange glow that beckons me into the garden. It stands out amongst the grey clouds and dull light, creating a memory of sunny days and cloudless blue skies. Its delicate petals and elegant stem arising from green veined leaves […]

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Dahlias flower on and on

19. October 2009

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Dahlias flower on and on

The nights may be getting colder and the days shorter – its dark at 18.30 now – but there are still some wonderful dahlias braving the changing seasons . I spotted these beauties bathing in the Autumn light in London a few days ago. Sunlight is vital to dahlia growth and flower production. They need […]

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Blooming Roses

17. October 2009

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Blooming Roses

Whilst I was in London, I took a stroll round the streets of Hampstead to find out which plants are doing well in the lovely late Autumn weather. There are some stunning houses and gardens in this wealthy area of North London. I was swept away by the beauty of the roses that are still […]

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Climate Change inspires London trees

14. October 2009

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Climate Change inspires London trees

London’s parks are looking particularly spectacular at the moment. The wonderful late Autumn sunshine is providing a stunning display of colours across the capital. I took these photos in one of my favourite open spaces in the capital – Hampstead Heath which boasts  320 hectares (790 acres) of parkland covered with many thousands of trees.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampstead_Heath […]

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The future of fruit

11. October 2009

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The future of fruit

Its been a bumper Autumn harvest for apples and blackberries in the garden. All over the country there have been reports of huge crops of lovely ripe fruit . This is the result of  lots of lovely sunshine and rain at the right times over the summer. The cold winter also had its part to […]

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