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Dahlias flower on and on

19. October 2009

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Dahlias flower on and on

The nights may be getting colder and the days shorter – its dark at 18.30 now – but there are still some wonderful dahlias braving the changing seasons . I spotted these beauties bathing in the Autumn light in London a few days ago. Sunlight is vital to dahlia growth and flower production. They need […]

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Blooming Roses

17. October 2009

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Blooming Roses

Whilst I was in London, I took a stroll round the streets of Hampstead to find out which plants are doing well in the lovely late Autumn weather. There are some stunning houses and gardens in this wealthy area of North London. I was swept away by the beauty of the roses that are still […]

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Climate Change inspires London trees

14. October 2009

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Climate Change inspires London trees

London’s parks are looking particularly spectacular at the moment. The wonderful late Autumn sunshine is providing a stunning display of colours across the capital. I took these photos in one of my favourite open spaces in the capital – Hampstead Heath which boasts  320 hectares (790 acres) of parkland covered with many thousands of trees.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampstead_Heath […]

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The future of fruit

11. October 2009

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The future of fruit

Its been a bumper Autumn harvest for apples and blackberries in the garden. All over the country there have been reports of huge crops of lovely ripe fruit . This is the result of  lots of lovely sunshine and rain at the right times over the summer. The cold winter also had its part to […]

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Confusing weather?

7. October 2009

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Confusing weather?

What is going on ? It may be cloudy and wet, but it was 18c last night on the South Coast and its muggy again today . Just as I was getting ready for the cosiness of autumn, it seems that our unpredictable climate has other ideas. And its not just humans who are confused […]

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Palms thrive in UK drought

3. October 2009

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Palms thrive in UK drought

Palms are now a very common sight in many English gardens and seem to be doing very well in the Autumn heat wave in the South. These are impactful plants that  create a Mediterranean or Tropical feel. There is a wide choice of hardy and not-so hardy varities available from specialist nurseries in the UK […]

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Trees suffer in early Autumn drought

2. October 2009

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The lack of rainfall in South East England and East Anglia is producing an Autumn drought which is threatening many of our native tree specimens. The Met Offiice said that in the South East as a whole there was just 35mm of rain in August, compared to an average of 50mm. In September was only […]

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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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