Archive | June, 2010

RHS issues dry summer soil warning

30. June 2010

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RHS issues dry summer soil warning

The Royal Horticultural Society is warning gardeners that soil dryness levels during June have already fallen to a low often not encountered until late July/August. The recent low rainfall has led to soils having a moisture deficit of four inches, meaning that four inches of rain would be needed to restore the soil to full […]

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Wimbeldon grass court debate

28. June 2010

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Wimbeldon grass court debate

Wimbeldon is now the only major tournament in the world played on grass courts.The financial and environmental cost of keeping the courts looking immaculate is extremely high  – around 3,000 gallons of water are used during Wimbledon fortnight to keep them in peak condition. http://aeltc2010.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/infosheets/grasscourts_general.html Wonder what will happen to Wimbeldon’s over-watered lawns in the […]

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The Palm Centre, Richmond, Surrey

28. June 2010

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The Palm Centre, Richmond, Surrey

Hotter summers are great news for growing Palms in the UK Check out this excellent nursery near London The Palm Centre Located not far from Kew Gardens is The Palm Centre which claims to be one of the leading exotic plant nurseries in the UK. This impressive nursery not only stocks a range of palms […]

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Grow Bananas in the UK

26. June 2010

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Grow Bananas in the UK

If you want to create a tropical feel in your garden this summer to take advantage of these high temperatures then think about buying a banana plant. They are fantastic for creating impact and with so many hardy varities now available in the UK you can combine brightly coloured foliage with beautiful flowers: http://www.hardybananas.co.uk/store/Garden-and-Plants/banana http://www.easytropicals.com/pcp/Bananas.html […]

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London Gardeners at work

22. June 2010

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London Gardeners at work

Bringing green spaces to London’s offices Lunch at the desk has never been healthier as more and more offices in the capital embrace the grow your own revolution.Creating work spaces that are healthy, relaxing and green, yet also conducive to increasing productivity are becoming paramount to many employers. Research has shown that plants reduce carbon […]

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Gardeners recycle old tools

21. June 2010

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Gardeners recycle old tools

From today until 27 June, gardeners are being asked to give their unwanted or unused electricals a new lease of life during Recycle Week. Items such as lawn mowers, strimmers and power tools can be recycled at centres across the country. Those in working order can be donated to the British Heart Foundation’s network of […]

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

18. June 2010

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

If you are interested in growing tropical or exotic plants in your garden this summer then the man who knows everything about this subject is the guru of exotica  – Mr Will Giles. Will is a flamboyant character who combines excellent  plantsmanship with unique creativity on his stimulating blog and colourful web-site. This year he […]

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Are we in for a hot summer?

17. June 2010

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Are we in for a hot summer?

No-one knows for sure what the weather will be like this summer but the second half of June is predicted to be very warm and settled which is welcome news.http://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoforecasts/30%20day%20UK%20weather%20forecast.aspx It is beautiful weather today and the plants are soaking up the wonderful sunshine and brilliant blue skies. Whatever this summer might throw at us, […]

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Chelsea Barracks gets green make-over

14. June 2010

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Chelsea Barracks in London is to evolve into a sustainable “market garden” complete with beehives, orchards, vegetable plots and a nuttery, under plans outlined by landscape architect Kim Wilkie. Mr Wilkie’s ideas, which also include a hedgerow to provide a city home for birds, insects and small animals, reflect many of the concepts that Prince […]

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Green your London Life

13. June 2010

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Green your London Life

Green roofs, veg plots, community gardens and re-cycling wasted food are the buzz words on the streets as London strives to create a reputation as one of the world’s leading eco-cities in time for the 2012 Olympics. If you live in London and want to tap into some of this excellent green energy, here are […]

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