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Gardening in the rain

12. June 2012

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Flaming June is turning into Flooding June with 40 flood alerts across the country. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/12/flash-flood-warnings-southern-england?newsfeed=true Looks like June will become the wettest on record. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9327617/Britain-on-course-for-wettest-June-on-record.html The forecast is for even heavier down pours this Friday which means another wet and wild weekend in the garden.My suggestions is to stay positive, put on your wellies and […]

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Euro crisis and drought challenge Europe 2012

6. June 2012

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The Euro Crisis is not the only thing to be concerned about if you are living in Europe during 2012. Drought is causing serious problems for many countries. Large parts of Spain and Portugal are desperate for rain, after the driest Iberian winter in more than 70 years. Spain received less than 30 percent of its […]

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Climate Change Gardening plants

2. June 2012

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Climate Change Gardening plants

Climate Change Gardening aims to inspire anyone who grows their plants in a garden, patio, window box, grow-bag or even a pot to think about how plants are challenged by climate change. The Plant Lists on the Home Page provide suggestions of over 100  plants that survive well in our changing climate and offer a […]

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Jubilee Garden Parties

31. May 2012

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Jubilee Fever has hit the UK and over the long Bank Holiday weekend thousands of  garden parties will be taking place  all over the country. Gardeners will be putting on their best displays so if you are planning a party in your garden check out this website for some more ideas on how to make […]

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Create a wild flower meadow

28. May 2012

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Create a wild flower meadow

                          98% of Britain’s flower rich grasslands such as hay meadows and chalk downland have been lost in last 60 years. Try creating your own  – whether you have acres of just a few metres as they thrive in drought and will bring […]

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Chelsea Flower Show v local gardens

25. May 2012

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The Chelsea Flower Show is enjoying an absolutely glorious week of weather to show off its horticultural delights to the world . Every evening I watch Mr Titchmarsh and his team on the BBC offer an insight into this elitist world of gardening and think how far removed this search for Chelsea perfection is from […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2012 – how green?

24. May 2012

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The carbon footprint of the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show is being challenged by its members according to this article on the Guardian Environmental Pages. “RHS member and visitor Tania Thorne said: “Having seen the level of environmental waste, I would not have guessed the RHS had even heard of climate change“. So is it an […]

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Chelsea Flower Show nature for the 1%?

23. May 2012

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The  Chelsea Flower Show usually lightens even the hardest of hearts. Not so with John Vidal writing in the Guardian today: “The Chelsea flower show is nature for the 1% A new breed of pest is swarming over London SW3, trying to grow not plants but wealth. It’s time to reclaim the natural world“. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/22/chelsea-flower-show?newsfeed=true […]

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Chelsea Flower Show adapts to weird weather

21. May 2012

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The 2012 Chelsea Extravaganza is under way despite the very challenging weather in recent weeks which meant many exhibitors changed their planting due to the lack of flowers available. Jo Thompson, garden designer for A Celebration of Caravanning show garden, said: “It’s been a funny spring, the plants have been late. We’ve had the drought […]

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Chelsea Flower Show sun shines

20. May 2012

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The sun and warmer weather have arrived just in time for the 99th Chelsea Flower Show which opens tomorrow. Forecast is for temperatures as high as 23c.http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012 Alan Titchmarsh will be offering his usual daily coverage on BBC TV.If like me you did not get tickets its a great way to view the delights of […]

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