Archive | April, 2011

Great RHS Veg Challenge

30. April 2011

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Great RHS Veg Challenge

All over the UK gardeners are busy planting seeds, veg plants and getting excited about the prospect of looking after and harvesting their plants over the next few months. It has been a great start to the growing season this year with record sunshine and warmth – lets just pray for some rain in the […]

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Royal Wedding Trees and Garden Parties

30. April 2011

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Royal Wedding Trees and Garden Parties

The beautiful trees that Kate and William chose to make Westminster Abbey look greener and connected to nature will be on display until 6th May before they are taken to Highgrove to be planted. http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/26/Floral-Displays-in-the-Abbey-and-Buckingham-Palace After the nationalistic excess of the past few days it is great to get back into the garden and catch […]

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Royal Wedding “greens” Westminster Abbey

27. April 2011

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Royal Wedding “greens” Westminster Abbey

The inside of Westminster Abbey will be looking as green as the outside on Friday as Kate Middleton has requested that the Abbey be dressed with six English field maples and two hornbeams, which are up to 20ft tall. It appears that Kate is “very green” in her outlook and insisted that all the flowers […]

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Drought suggests UK hosepipe ban

25. April 2011

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Drought suggests UK hosepipe ban

It has not rained on the South Coast for weeks – well not rain that makes a difference. My garden is now exceptionally dry which make digging and planting a real challenge -anyone else having the same  experience? England and Wales had their driest March in more than 60 years, with some parts of Cambridgeshire […]

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

25. April 2011

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

The recent hot weather has inspired me to invest in a melon plant from my local nursery . With no greenhouse but a very sunny south facing wall and a very thick glass cloche I am being perhaps a touch optmisitic but felt like a challenge. Anyone had success with growing melons over the past […]

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Royal Wedding Parks

25. April 2011

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Royal Wedding Parks

The Royal Parks are being made ready for the Royal Wedding Day on 29th April. London certainly knows how to put on a spectacular display in its beautiful parks and flower beds as you can see in this photo of  the Buckingham Palace flower beds today. Interesting to hear about the tradition behind the planting […]

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UK drought challenges lawns

24. April 2011

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UK drought challenges lawns

Brown lawns are one of the pet hates for many English gardeners. Most lawns are tough and will survive long periods of drought, returning to their lush green colour as soon as we have some rain. The UK obsession with having a healthy lawn is something that will have to be reviewed as climate change […]

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Mediterranean plants in UK

22. April 2011

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Mediterranean plants in UK

Kew Gardens planted The Mediterranean Garden in 2007 to educate and encourage gardeners to think about the wide range of drought loving plants that will survive our hotter summers. The plants are well established despite the record summer rainfall of 2007/2008 and are simply loving the mercury busting temperatures so far in 20011http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/garden-attractions-A-Z/king-williams-temple.htm The native […]

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Shooting the Breeze

21. April 2011

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Shooting the Breeze is the new Friday slot for the brilliant Guardian blog by Jane Perrone, the Guardian’s Gardening Editor . Jane blogs about organic gardening, growing fruit and veg, and composting on her personal blog, Horticultural Share your gardening plans for the weekend, ask for help with your horticultural problems and dilemmas, and offer […]

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London enjoys Mediterranean Easter

21. April 2011

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London enjoys Mediterranean Easter

London is set to scorch over Easter with temperatures being higher than some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. 25C is expected and the Met Office has promised four days of sunshine.It will be hotter than many places in the Med such as the South of France,Southern Spain andCorfu whilst Barcelona is expected to be […]

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