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RHS highlights garden renaissance

5. August 2010

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Increasing numbers of people are joining their local garden and allotment clubs, says the Royal Horticultural Society in the lead up to its annual Dig Together Day on 4th and 5th September.http://www.rhs.org.uk/digtogetherday The gardening ‘renaissance’ was revealed by a recent survey of 100 of the Society’s affiliated gardening clubs – 73% of clubs saw their […]

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How green is Brighton?

4. August 2010

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How green is Brighton?

Brighton is building a green reputation. It has elected Caroline Lucas as the UK’s first ever green MP. http://www.carolinelucas.com/cl/blog.html It even offers green activities to tempt holiday-makers. http://www.visitbrighton.com/site/your-brighton/green What a shame that Brighton sea-front does not live up to its green credentials. Compared to its  neighbour Eastbourne, just along the South Coast, the promenade in […]

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National Garden Scheme arrives at Exotic Garden

29. July 2010

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This Sunday 1st August Will Giles is opening his garden for the National Garden scheme for the 21st year. Check out more at: http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/

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Good Morning Glory

26. July 2010

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Good Morning Glory

Every day this summer  I  am greeted by these beautiful Morning Glory flowers in my garden. They only last 24 hours but are worth every minute before more beautiful blooms follow the next day. I planted the seeds back in March and the plants have done especially well this year because of the constant sunshine. […]

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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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RHS issues dry summer soil warning

30. June 2010

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RHS issues dry summer soil warning

The Royal Horticultural Society is warning gardeners that soil dryness levels during June have already fallen to a low often not encountered until late July/August. The recent low rainfall has led to soils having a moisture deficit of four inches, meaning that four inches of rain would be needed to restore the soil to full […]

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Grow Bananas in the UK

26. June 2010

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Grow Bananas in the UK

If you want to create a tropical feel in your garden this summer to take advantage of these high temperatures then think about buying a banana plant. They are fantastic for creating impact and with so many hardy varities now available in the UK you can combine brightly coloured foliage with beautiful flowers: http://www.hardybananas.co.uk/store/Garden-and-Plants/banana http://www.easytropicals.com/pcp/Bananas.html […]

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Gardeners recycle old tools

21. June 2010

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Gardeners recycle old tools

From today until 27 June, gardeners are being asked to give their unwanted or unused electricals a new lease of life during Recycle Week. Items such as lawn mowers, strimmers and power tools can be recycled at centres across the country. Those in working order can be donated to the British Heart Foundation’s network of […]

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

18. June 2010

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

If you are interested in growing tropical or exotic plants in your garden this summer then the man who knows everything about this subject is the guru of exotica  – Mr Will Giles. Will is a flamboyant character who combines excellent  plantsmanship with unique creativity on his stimulating blog and colourful web-site. This year he […]

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London goes bananas

3. June 2010

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London goes bananas

It was a beautifully sunny and warm day in central London yesterday with temperatures around 23c. The trees and plants were looking wonderful in the bright light. I was working in offices near Bloomsbury most of the day but managed to get a walk round Gordon Square at lunch and then Russell Square after work […]

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