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London Capital Growth events

29. August 2010

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London Capital Growth events

Capital Growth is working towards 2012 new community food growing spaces for London by 2012. This amazing project is literally “growing” all the time .They organise regular networking events aimed at bringing together all those involved in community food growing projects across the capital. It is free to Capital Growth members and £5 for individuals or […]

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Mahonia

10. April 2008

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Mahonia

Latin name: Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ Description: Very tough architectural plants needing little maintenance. It is a vigorous evergreen upright shrub with dark green, spiky foliage on long fairly sparse, deeply fissured and very tactile, cork-like bark covered stems. One of the most wonderful things about this shrub is that it flowers when little else […]

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Monkey Puzzle

10. April 2008

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Monkey Puzzle

Latin name: Araucaria araucana Y Description: This very prehistoric looking tree hails from the volcanic slopes of the Andes in southern Chile through to Argentina. It should really only be grown in larger gardens and well away from a house, never-the-less, they are very architectural plants indeed and look good from an early age. It […]

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

13. February 2012

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

Here is a great plant that will cope with hotter summers and colder winters that the UK now experiences. Latin name: Phormium tenax Description: Very tough and dramatic architectural plants that need little maintenance, in a range of sizes to suit every garden. P. tenax is a clump forming perennial with dark green, rigid, upright, […]

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Nuts about Bamboo

15. September 2010

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If you are looking for plants that can take whatever the weather throws at them –  maybe try Bamboo. Easy to grow, low maintenance, delightfully exotic and available in a range of wonderful colours. Check out the bamboo blog of Will Giles  http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/ Buy plants at: http://www.hardybamboo.com/ http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/bamboo-c6

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

10. July 2010

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

After the driest start to the year since 1929, the North West of England has a temporary hosepipe ban imposed since 6.00 am Friday, 9 July. Only half the average amount of rain has fallen in the North West in the last six months, so even though the area was flooded last year, reservoir levels […]

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Olive Tree

10. April 2008

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Olive Tree

Latin name: Olea europa Description: Redolent of Mediterranean holidays, this is a tree that British gardeners thought would be to tender for or supposedly chilly climate, but, with climate change in mind, we should be able to collect our own olives in the decades to come. Olive trees are slow growing with narrowly oblong greyish […]

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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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Palm mania crosses the Alps

7. December 2009

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Palm mania crosses the Alps

The milder winter temperatures enjoyed in Northern Europe as a result of climate change are encouraging a palm mania which has particularly hit the UK. The country now has the biggest number of palm enthusiasts after Spain, Italy and France.Toby Shobbrook from the Palm Centre in Richmond, Surrey, which sells about 15 species of palms […]

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Palm Trees for 2012 Olympics

17. March 2010

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Whether they are planted in a garden or a public place, palm trees can be a truly impressive spectacle. This fact has been underlined by councillors in Southend, who have revealed that they hope planting palm trees on the town’s seafront will help to attract tourists exploring England during the London 2012 Olympics.Millions are being […]

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