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Snow scenes in the garden

18. December 2009

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Snow scenes in the garden

London and the South/East of England have woken to a Xmas postcard scene with a sprinkling of that magical white stuff. The leaves of cordyline and cycad create a wonderful tapestry for the snow.Their architectural leaves provide beautiful bold shapes in a traditional English winter garden. Look forward to sharing pictures and information about excellent […]

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Create a cool winter garden

11. December 2009

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Create a cool winter garden

After 50 days of rain with day time temperatures hovering between 9-11c, the UK now has more traditonal winter weather. Frosts and clear night skies have created some spectacular sun-rises along the sea-front and daily temperatures have dropped to 4-6c . I love this sharp sunny winter weather. It makes the season bearable but has been absent […]

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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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Orange glow in the garden

21. October 2009

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Orange glow in the garden

The mornings may be getting darker but every day I wake up there is a brilliant orange glow that beckons me into the garden. It stands out amongst the grey clouds and dull light, creating a memory of sunny days and cloudless blue skies. Its delicate petals and elegant stem arising from green veined leaves […]

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Dahlias flower on and on

19. October 2009

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Dahlias flower on and on

The nights may be getting colder and the days shorter – its dark at 18.30 now – but there are still some wonderful dahlias braving the changing seasons . I spotted these beauties bathing in the Autumn light in London a few days ago. Sunlight is vital to dahlia growth and flower production. They need […]

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Blooming Roses

17. October 2009

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Blooming Roses

Whilst I was in London, I took a stroll round the streets of Hampstead to find out which plants are doing well in the lovely late Autumn weather. There are some stunning houses and gardens in this wealthy area of North London. I was swept away by the beauty of the roses that are still […]

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The future of fruit

11. October 2009

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The future of fruit

Its been a bumper Autumn harvest for apples and blackberries in the garden. All over the country there have been reports of huge crops of lovely ripe fruit . This is the result of  lots of lovely sunshine and rain at the right times over the summer. The cold winter also had its part to […]

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Confusing weather?

7. October 2009

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Confusing weather?

What is going on ? It may be cloudy and wet, but it was 18c last night on the South Coast and its muggy again today . Just as I was getting ready for the cosiness of autumn, it seems that our unpredictable climate has other ideas. And its not just humans who are confused […]

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Palms thrive in UK drought

3. October 2009

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Palms thrive in UK drought

Palms are now a very common sight in many English gardens and seem to be doing very well in the Autumn heat wave in the South. These are impactful plants that  create a Mediterranean or Tropical feel. There is a wide choice of hardy and not-so hardy varities available from specialist nurseries in the UK […]

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

1. October 2009

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

The South and East of England are experiencing an Indian Summer at the moment . Over the past few weeks daily temperatures have regularly reached 22-26c.The sky is a wonderful blue and the sun is providing lots of lovely late summer heat allowing many plants an unexpected flowering period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216255/Barbecues-ready-Indian-summer-looks-set-continue.html This is bad news for […]

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