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Mediterranean plants in UK

22. April 2011

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Mediterranean plants in UK

Kew Gardens planted The Mediterranean Garden in 2007 to educate and encourage gardeners to think about the wide range of drought loving plants that will survive our hotter summers. The plants are well established despite the record summer rainfall of 2007/2008 and are simply loving the mercury busting temperatures so far in 20011http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/garden-attractions-A-Z/king-williams-temple.htm The native […]

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Brighten your day with a nursery visit

3. January 2011

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Brighten your day with a nursery visit

At this time of year when all is grey and drab in the UK, many specialist plant nurseries offer excellent sales to tempt you back into the garden. One of my favourite place to buy architectural plants in London has just started its annual sale .Its really wiorth a look at some of the excellent […]

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Snow in UK gardens

25. November 2010

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I have just returned from a glorious 3 week trip enjoying 28c in Australia and New Zealand to find the UK about to experience its first freeze of winter 2010. I think gardeners were hoping for a reprieve from the damaging affects of frost and cold after last winters artic conditions. Suppose that is the […]

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Great Dixter offers autumnal plant ideas

30. September 2010

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Great Dixter offers autumnal plant ideas

This is one of my favourite autumnal plants – Fatsia Japonica or the Caster Oil Plant.Check out this attractive and reliable evergreen shrub that offers something for the garden all year round –http://www.myclimatechangegarden.com/blog/false-castor-oil-plant-japanese-aralia If you are looking for inspirational planting ideas there is an excellent event this weekend at Great Dixter. A chance to see this stunning garden  which […]

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Exotic English garden in September

24. September 2010

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Exotic English garden in September

If you are looking for inspiration to grow exotic plants in the UK you need to read thiswonderful blog: http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/the-garden/ridiculously-exotic-at-urban-jungle-in-september/

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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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Agapanthas bloom all summer

5. September 2010

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Agapanthas bloom all summer

Agapanthas have to be one of the most wonderful plants for ongoing colour in the summer garden. They can flower from May to late September, require little water and attention, bloom in a range of delectable blues and white and survive well in both pots or planted in borders.http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=60 Originating from South Africa, Agapanthas are […]

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Seasonal food guide

2. September 2010

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Enjoy the freshest, most seasonal fruit and vegetables. Click an ingredient or month to find out what’s in season, plus quick serving ideas, storage tips and recipes. http://www.startuk.org/eat/seasonal-selector.aspx#url=/eat/seasonal-selector/plants/basil.aspx   .

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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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Grow your own and bake bread to make a difference

11. August 2010

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Grow your own and bake bread to make a difference

Wheat prices are rising as a result of severe drought in Russia this summer which could have an ongoing effect on the world’s food chain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10859883 Beat the unpredictable global weather this summer by growing your own food and baking your own bread.http://www.allotment.org.uk/allotment_foods/bread-making/index.php

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