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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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Hints of an Indian summer

18. October 2012

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Looks as though the UK might yet enjoy some warmer weather just before we put the clocks back an hour on Sunday October 28th and head into the shortest day on 21st December .Fingers crossed the weathermen get it right this time and we reach the heights of 20c the BBC are promising over the […]

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Climate change crops in Southern England

1. October 2012

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Climate change crops in Southern England

Predictions are in 50 years time that the countryside in parts of Southern England could resemble Tuscany or Provence, as the average mean temperature looks set to rise by 2c and average rainfall to http://www.greenhouse-warming.org.uk/12.php Transformation is already in the air. Climate change crops are a reality in parts of South England: * KENT is […]

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2012 Gardening Summer of Discontent

30. September 2012

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                                                                     TIME TO REFLECT ON A SUMMER OF CHALLENGING WEATHER? Remember how your garden suffered and survived the roller coaster conditions in […]

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Rain and more rain

25. September 2012

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Torrential rain and  high winds continue to hit the UK . My garden is full of broken branches and soggy ground – amazing how quickly it has passed from late summer glory to total devastation.How is your garden looking this morning? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9562418/Torrential-rain-70mph-winds-and-flood-warnings-as-gales-hit-Britain.html Definitely time to fit a water butt .Check out these websites for advice […]

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Kew Gardens closure

24. September 2012

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Kew Gardens has issued a closure notice on their website: “The Met Office have issued a severe weather warning for London and the South East predicting heavy rain and winds gusting 50-55mph. As a precaution, Kew Gardens will not be open to the public today. We apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.” http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/index.htm […]

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Extreme weather now normal

19. September 2012

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climate change and weather extremes are not about a distant future. Formerly one-off extreme weather episodes seem to be becoming the new normal. Weather extremes are not that extreme any more. Heatwaves, floods, droughts and wildfires are the new reality of an ever warming world. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/19/extreme-weather-new-normal-climate-change

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Roof gardens reach new heights

17. September 2012

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When space is limited, sometimes a gardener must take to the roof. Around the world resourceful gardeners are turning what would otherwise be an overlooked and underutilized area into a place of beauty and serenity. Plus, you’d be amazed at the amount of fruit and vegetable you can coax out of these small spaces.Making the […]

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