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Exotic plants lovin the heat

24. May 2010

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Exotic plants lovin the heat

The very hot weather over the past few days is great for exotic plants growing in UK gardens.Temperatures are expected to reach an impressive 30c in London today – equivalent to 86F. http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/HOME/ I have a wonderful flowering exotic plant in my garden at the moment that looks completely bizarre – like something out of […]

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International Year of Biodiversity

17. May 2010

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The United Nations have chosen 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is inviting the world to take action in order to safeguard the variety of life on Earth and the natural living systems that provide us with food,fuel, health,wealth, and other vital services.There are events taking place all over the world which […]

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How to water gardens wisely

16. May 2010

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How to water gardens wisely

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE SUMMER WATERING TIPS * Water plants thoroughly once a week, to encourage them to send out deep roots. Plants with shallow roots will wilt and die after only a few days of drought, whereas plants with a strong, deep root system will be happy for weeks. *Buy a water butt (or […]

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Exotic Garden videos

25. April 2010

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Exotic Garden videos

Will Giles, THE Exotic Gardener launched a series of  online videos yesterday in which he shares his expert knowledge of growing these plants in the UK. In just 24 hours he uploaded: *over-wintering canna *checking for new growth on gingers *the delights of bromeliads *how to find and deal with Lilly beetles. The videos are […]

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UK set for sunshine weekend

10. April 2010

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UK set for sunshine weekend

The UK is hotting up – warmer weather and election fever have gripped the country. Plants are loving the heat.Here is a shot of the new leaf on my bannana plant taken in the glorious sunshine that greeted me when I woke up on the south coast for the weekend after working  in London. I […]

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Bananas grow in National Trust garden of the future

26. March 2010

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Bananas grow in National Trust garden of the future

The apple orchards have been replaced with orange groves, the turf covered over with gravel and the summer borders replanted with cacti. This was one of the headlines this week announcing climate change predictions for our future gardens by the National Trust. The UK’s most important gardens are to be examined by the National Trust […]

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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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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 3

24. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 3

The third suggestion for low maintenance, high impact winter plants is Euphorbia melliflora – more commonly known as Honey Spurge.This plant provides instant gratification with attractive leaves similar to Oleander . It grows to about 8 feet in 10 years but needs protection in a rural winter environment if temperatures dip very low.http://www.architecturalplants.com/plant.html?code=EMNR This is […]

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 2

22. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 2

Architectural Plants combine year round interest, attractive foliage and many like Phillyrea Latifolia are low maintenance and very hardy. Angus tells me that this plant is exceptionally popular at his nursery .It has the feel of an olive tree but he suggests it is more beautiful as the leaves are intense making it ideal for […]

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 1

21. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 1

As promised here are a few excellent plant ideas for architectural interest in your winter garden. All of the following will retain their leaves throughout the year and have been suggested by Angus White who has a deep passion for this type of plant .His nursery in Horsham, West Sussex stocks hundreds of Architectural Plants […]

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