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How to create a micro-climate in your garden

17. September 2016

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Growing bananas in the UK certainly takes on new heights when you see what a micro climate can produce. These 20 year old gigantic banana plants  remain outside in The Exotic Garden in Norwich during UK winters although, when the temperatures really drop, they are protected with fleece and straw. What exactly is a micro climate? A […]

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Bananas bed down for winter

27. October 2011

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  The weather is changing into wetter, windier weather here in the South East and its time to think about protecting various tender plants from the frosts and shorter winter days. It seems sad to wrap up my banana plant just as it was getting into a wonderful shape and enjoying the late Autumn sunshine. […]

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London goes bananas

4. September 2011

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London goes bananas

  London has enjoyed humid temperatures into the high 20c for the past few days and I have noticed how many nurseries  seem to be selling banana plants as a late Autumn addition to the garden. These are great for creating architectural shapes at a time when most herbaceous borders are struggling at the end of […]

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Climate changes UK fruit farms

15. August 2010

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Dr Chris Atkinson, head of science at East Malling Research Centre in Kent, which has been collecting climate data since 1913, said the climate was a big determinate when growing fruit because temperature and rainfall had a big impact on crops. The climate data shows that the seasons have been getting longer and the winters […]

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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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UK set for sunshine weekend

10. April 2010

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UK set for sunshine weekend

The UK is hotting up – warmer weather and election fever have gripped the country. Plants are loving the heat.Here is a shot of the new leaf on my bannana plant taken in the glorious sunshine that greeted me when I woke up on the south coast for the weekend after working  in London. I […]

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Bananas grow in National Trust garden of the future

26. March 2010

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Bananas grow in National Trust garden of the future

The apple orchards have been replaced with orange groves, the turf covered over with gravel and the summer borders replanted with cacti. This was one of the headlines this week announcing climate change predictions for our future gardens by the National Trust. The UK’s most important gardens are to be examined by the National Trust […]

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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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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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Moonlight Bananas

12. August 2009

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Moonlight Bananas

I was walking along  a local street tonight when I cames across across this amazing site: A banana plant bearing some impressive looking large bracts ( leaf-like structure) that are shed as the fruit develops http://www.kew.org/ksheets/banana According to the RHS, bananas rarely produce fruit outdoors in the UK as they need constant warm and humid […]

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