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British Monsoon season

13. June 2013

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After just a week of dry and sunny weather, the UK has slipped into another cycle of windy, wet and unpredictable weather for the summer. With Mid Summers Day just a few days away gardeners are becoming increasingly concerned that  long balmy days of sunshine and light are just not going to happen in 2013 […]

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Climate Change Gardening – what interests you?

13. June 2013

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Climate Change Gardening – what interests you?

Tell us more about your interest in how to garden in a changing climate Visit the Climate Gardens  survey to explain how you garden and what services you might use on the internet as our climate becomes more unpredictable and the seasons confused. There are just 10 simple questions and it shouldn’t take more than […]

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Chelsea uses Groundwork for Reuse Scheme

28. May 2013

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A week ago the Chelsea Flower Show was in full bloom defying the challenging cold and wet weather. It appears that the 100th anniversary show was, as always, a great success despite controversy over the awards http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/chelseaflowershow/10076060/Chelsea-Flower-Show-2013-was-Best-in-Show-unfairly-awarded.html All the time, effort and huge financial investment that makes this unique global event possible are just one side […]

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Bluebells bloom later in 2013

26. May 2013

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Bluebells in Sussex appear to be flowering up to 4 weeks later this year as opposed to 4 weeks early as in 2012. Fred Rumsey, a botanist from the Natural History Museum, London, UK explains: “Our initial impression is that flowering is between four and five weeks behind what it was last year.” He told […]

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Dreaming of an Exotic Summer

26. May 2013

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UK weather warming up at last with blue skies that have certainly lifted gardening spirits. Wonderful sunny days make me dream of  architectural plants and  exotic horticultural delights. Every night I float to  a beautiful exotic garden, the weather is glorious and the plants even more so. A handsome man wearing a colorful shirt guides […]

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Cold spring affects Chelsea and garden centres

20. May 2013

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A cold, late spring has put summer colours in the garden on hold and also means that many plants for the Chelsea Flower Show are two to four week late This later growing season means that plants that would normally have gone over are still in full bloom, and will make an appearance at the […]

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Chelsea green fingers get greener

19. May 2013

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Each year, the Chelsea Flower Show attracts more than 157,000 visitors over six days and is watched by 19 million viewers via the excellent  coverage of the worlds biggest Flower Show which began today on  BBC  TV. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007lyhs Visitors and TV viewers are attracted by the prospect of wonderful designs, colourful blooms and innovation in horticulture. Set […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Preview

6. May 2013

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  The Chelsea Flower Show preparing for its 100th Press Day.       On Monday 20th May 2013, the most famous Horticultural Show in the world opens in London for its 100th year to deliver garden delights that inspire and delight, as well as create debate and discussion, The Chelsea Flower Show is  THE […]

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Climate changes and chimera

3. May 2013

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Weird weather and fluctuating temperatures can have interesting affects on plants which is shown here by this stunning camellia currently flowering in a UK garden as the spring weather finally warms. This appears almost unreal but  is the  result of  a natural genetic mutation – known as a chimera – that can change the appearance […]

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EU to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides

29. April 2013

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A vote in the EU has paved the way for the European Commission to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths in scientific studies.There is great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations. Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted […]

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