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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

1. October 2009

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

The South and East of England are experiencing an Indian Summer at the moment . Over the past few weeks daily temperatures have regularly reached 22-26c.The sky is a wonderful blue and the sun is providing lots of lovely late summer heat allowing many plants an unexpected flowering period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216255/Barbecues-ready-Indian-summer-looks-set-continue.html This is bad news for […]

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Climate Change garden for Isle of Wight

24. September 2009

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Interesting climate change news from the RHS web-site today: 24 September 2009 A new garden has been created by volunteers at the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight and planted with half-hardy exotics to test the limits of what it’s possible to grow as as the effects of climate change become more marked. […]

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Dazzling Dahlias

21. September 2009

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Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are doing well this Autumn. .The key to success is a really good rich soil with plenty of organic material, a regular pruning, possibly staking as the plants grow ever taller and the occasional feed.http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plantprofile_dahlia.shtml What I love about these plants is that they flower at a time when the garden needs a real […]

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

20. September 2009

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

According to the Met Office, summer in the UK officially ends at the end of August.  However, every year we seem to get these wonderful sunny September and October days that make the line between the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn rather blurred. Temperatures in the South East have been in 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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Gardening in a changing climate at RHS Wisley

7. September 2009

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Gardening in a changing climate at RHS Wisley

Yesterday I took part in the climate change walk around the RHS Wisley gardens in Surrey which is part of the British Science Festival taking place this week. Climate Change Gardening is a subject close to my heart so I was disappointed to see that I was the only person on the walk ! The […]

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Climate Change help from RHS

24. August 2009

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The Royal Horticultural Society as the UK’s leading gardening charity has embraced the issues facing gardeners as a result of climate change. It provides excellent climate change information pages on its web-site with advice about the issues our gardens are facing – both now and in the long term future. http://www.rhs.org.uk/climate/index.asp On 6th September RHS […]

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Other people’s gardens

23. August 2009

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Other people’s gardens

The sun continues to shine and temperatures are still high creating some wonderful sights in people’s gardens. Checking out what the neighbours are growing is of my favourite things – its a great place to find out what is doing well in your local area and for planting inspiration.Maybe this is just an English thing […]

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Hottest Day of 2009?

19. August 2009

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Hottest Day of 2009?

Predictions are that temperatures here on the South Coast will reach a staggering 32c today.This will make it the hottest day of the year so far – and possibly a taste of things to come? Now is the perfect time to make sure your garden can cope with these higher temperatures  by planting a selection […]

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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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