Archive | April, 2010

Buy locally grown plants

26. April 2010

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Buy locally grown plants

Yesterday I went to a local Garden Fair which aimed to encourage gardeners to buy locally grown plants whenever possible. More and more nurseries now propagate their own plants which cuts down on air miles and helps gardeners to become even greener. I met lots of interesting people and saw some wonderful plants – managed […]

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Exotic Garden videos

25. April 2010

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Exotic Garden videos

Will Giles, THE Exotic Gardener launched a series of  online videos yesterday in which he shares his expert knowledge of growing these plants in the UK. In just 24 hours he uploaded: *over-wintering canna *checking for new growth on gingers *the delights of bromeliads *how to find and deal with Lilly beetles. The videos are […]

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UK weekend weather hottest this year

23. April 2010

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UK weekend weather hottest this year

UK is going to be warmer than Rome and South Africa this weekend http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/7620445/Hottest-weather-of-year-so-far-to-arrive-this-weekend.html. Sussex looks particularly stunning at the moment  – the flowers are loving the sunshine.The magnolias are in full flower and everywhere the tulips raise their beautiful heads high in the sky,

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April Delight at Athelas

22. April 2010

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April Delight at Athelas

Decided to pay a visit to one of my favourite local nurseries. Some girls go mad over dress shops, even shoes but, for me, there is nothing like a nursery for sheer enjoyment on a lovely sunny day. Athelas Plants, located in the beautiful East Sussex countryside offers a range of tropical, architectural and exotic […]

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How green are our garden centres?

20. April 2010

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How green are our garden centres?

Spring is when planting mania arrives in the UK. This year it has co-incided with some fabulous weather which means most nurseries and garden centres are busy with people searching for new plants and ideas for their gardens. I am pleased to see more nurseries helping gardeners to adapt to climate change. The english garden […]

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Allotment Adventures

19. April 2010

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Allotment Adventures

I have been digging over my allotment, inspired by Alys Fowler’s second Edible Garden programme. Have also invested in her excellent book of the same name which is a great read with helpful info and stylish photos. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edible-Garden-How-Have-Your/dp/1846079748 Alice’s experiences with tomato blight were the main theme this week. She does seem to have been […]

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Sky lights up and oceans warm

18. April 2010

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Sky lights up and oceans warm

It has been a wonderful sunny and warm weekend on the South Coast – 17c today and bright blue sky. The sunsets over the past few nights have been fantsatic which is a result of the dust thrown into the atmosphere from the Icelandic volcano. Red in the sky is apparently always a sign of […]

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Dust cloud over London

16. April 2010

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Dust cloud over London

Took a stroll in Regents Park yesterday evening around 6pm just as the sun was starting to set – really beautiful light. Trying to catch sight of any of the dust cloud of volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption that is drifting across Europe at the moment. Britain and much of Northern Europe became […]

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Photosynthesis inspires green energy made from water

13. April 2010

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Photosynthesis inspires green energy made from water

The sun shone brightly today and lured me to Russell Square to enjoy the blossom on the trees. It is great to see the plants developing every day, soaking up the light and transfering this into energy to produce flowers. Whilst sitting in the sun, I read in the newspaper about a remarkable discovery. Scientists […]

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BBCTV gardening gets real

11. April 2010

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BBCTV gardening gets real

The enigmatic Alan Titchmarsh is probably my favourite TV gardening personality. He always combines a wealth of knowledge with a great deal of flair and humour – wish he was still doing the Friday night homage to gardening on BBC Gardeners World. Watching yet another garden being built from scratch at Greenacre is very sleep […]

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