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RHS records weather woes

3. March 2012

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The RHS Advisory Department experienced its busiest year in 2011, receiving more than 60000 enquiries from its members- a record breaker. The team of RHS experts solved myriad enquiries which ranged from problems associated with pests and diseases to plant identification. Many of the queries pertained to the unpredictable temperatures throughout the year. Chief Horticultural […]

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Australian and New Zealand plants

1. March 2012

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Gardeners who have visited down under and been inspired by the plants they saw might like to know that there are a remarkable number of plants from Australia and New Zealand which thrive in British gardens. For many years they were treated with some suspicion as ‘borderline’ or ‘tender’ plants not worth the risk. With […]

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How to plant trees

21. February 2012

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In keeping with my tree theme this weekend, here are some useful websites to inspire you to actually plant one in your garden.Now is the perfect time to establish a new tree to allow it time to settle before the summer. Do remember to water any new plantings as the weather is very dry this winter. http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=237 http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/moretrees-moregood/advice-centre/guides-tools/Pages/help.aspx http://www.cityplanter.co.uk/practical/how-to/how-to-plant-a-bare-root-tree […]

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

13. February 2012

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

Here is a great plant that will cope with hotter summers and colder winters that the UK now experiences. Latin name: Phormium tenax Description: Very tough and dramatic architectural plants that need little maintenance, in a range of sizes to suit every garden. P. tenax is a clump forming perennial with dark green, rigid, upright, […]

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Rooftop gardening helps combat climate change

11. February 2012

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Rooftop gardening helps combat climate change

A recent RHS study has shown that rooftop gardening can help combat climate change by lowering surrounding air temperatures. RHS scientist, Tijana Blanusa, who undertook the RHS research, says: ‘With our climate getting warmer, gardeners will be playing an even more important part in helping reduce the effects.’ ‘Getting planting right in urban spaces, which can […]

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What is a rain garden?

10. February 2012

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Rain gardens were initially developed in the States around 15-20 years ago and spread rapidly to Australia and New Zealand.http://www.arc.govt.nz/environment/water/stormwater/a-home-raingarden.cfm The concept was first promoted as a way for gardeners to contribute to reducing the growing problem of severe flash flooding in towns and cities. The idea is that the garden soaks up as much, if […]

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Frost alert for UK plants

9. February 2012

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The cold weather continues to challenge many plants in the UK with very severe frosts and temperatures of -8 recorded in the South East tonight. The RHS has useful information about how some plants protect themselves from frost and suggests things you can do to help them survive the current freezing temperatures: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=704

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Bees,butterflies and blooms

8. February 2012

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Great new series starts tonight on BBC2 with writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven on a mission to halt the rapid decline in Britain’s essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects by bringing flower power to towns, cities and the countryside. Good that Sarah is highlighting that the world’s bees and other pollinating insects are in […]

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Kew Gardens sunshine on cloudy day

8. February 2012

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Kew Gardens sunshine on cloudy day

 How to brighten a grey day? Visit the Tropical Extravaganza at Kew Gardens Be transported to a tropical rain forest with a visual delight of exotic plants and flowers Listen to wonderful recordings of exotic birds and animals that transport you overseas   http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/tropical-extravaganza-2012/

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Snow and plants

5. February 2012

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Snow arrived inthe UK today which means that many plants will be at risk from damage by the cold. Here are a few tips to help your garden survive this freezing weather: Dealing with snow The benefit of snow is that it acts as an insulator, protecting plants from the cold and frost, however, a heavy layer […]

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