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Australian heatwave linked to climate change?

18. January 2013

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With temperatures in Sydney currently reaching record highs of almost 46c, a major debate is running about why this is happening and if it is now part of the pattern of extreme weather associated with climate change. Australians are used to extremes but research suggests that the number of extreme weather events and the range […]

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Met Office and weird weather effects on gardens

18. January 2013

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Waking up to snow this morning in South East England and reading  yesterday that Sydney experienced its hottest day on record with temperatures reaching nearly 46C . Surely this proves  that our weather is seriously shifting as a result of climate change? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21072347 http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/ Read what predictions the Met Office are making about the effect […]

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Is our weather getting worse?

5. January 2013

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  2012 was the second wettest year on record in the UK and the wettest ever in England according to the Met Office. The downpours that caused more than 8,000 UK homes and businesses to suffer flooding led to a total of 1,330.7mm of rain for the year, just 6.6mm short of the wettest UK year recorded in 2000 (1337.3mm). […]

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2013 Gardens back to the future

2. January 2013

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Inspiration for our gardens comes from many places – garden designers or books, a TV programme, a neighbour or an idea we  might see at RHS Chelsea. Award-winning Chelsea stalwart Roger Platts, who is designing the M&G show garden at the RHS 2013 Show, Windows Through Time, is aiming to capture the design trends and […]

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Transition time in 2013

1. January 2013

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Happy 2013 to all my visitors and visitors to be! My first blog this year is about  transition and the power of change. Everyone experiences change at some point in their lives – it can expand and enhance our  hopes and ambitions. Change in our gardens is also a never ending cycle .It constantly brings […]

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2012 wettest year on record?

28. December 2012

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A storm brewing in the Atlantic could bring up to two inches (50mm) of rain and 80mph winds in some areas of the UK this weekend. Provisional figures show that 1.8in (46mm) of rain is needed between 27 and 31 December for 2012 to be the wettest year on record for the UK. A new […]

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Green Roofs Guest Blog

19. December 2012

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Is it Time to Rethink Green Roof Planting?       Latest research suggests sedums may not be best This is the first Guest Blog from Tijana Blanusa,  a  researcher  at the RHS who specialises in Sustainable Gardening. I recently published the results of my research that sedums may not be the best performers for helping […]

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How is the weather in your garden?

8. November 2012

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Would you be interested in talking about how you are preparing your garden to cope with extreme weather? Over the past few years, UK gardeners have had to deal with drought, flooding, record low winter temperatures as well as unpredictable hours of sunshine which all affect the growth and health of plants. The need to […]

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Hurricane Sandy link to climate change

1. November 2012

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If you want to see the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on American gardens then watch this video of a gigantic tree being flattened. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9644988/Hurricane-Sandy-uproots-tree-captured-on-film.html The USA is  picking up the pieces after hurricane Sandy hit the East coast and caused widespread destruction earlier this week. One result of this devastating event might be a […]

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UK drought-flooding 2012 unprecedented

19. October 2012

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The dramatic switch from drought and hosepipe bans in England this spring to the wettest April to June ever and widespread flooding was of a magnitude never seen before. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/18/summer-drought-flooding-unprecedented http://www.ceh.ac.uk/news/news_archive/drought-flood-transformation-UK_2012_54.html What does this mean for gardeners? New challenges ahead most certainly and the need to be ever more adaptable and forward thinking to prepare our gardens for such […]

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