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Bank Holiday garden visit

26. August 2011

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If the heavy rain is getting you down and you yearn for some colour and heat in the garden this weekend, take a trip to Norwich in East Anglia to sample the delights of a subtropical garden in a temperate climate. Will Giles opens his wonderful Exotic Garden every Sunday from late June until 23rd October between 1-5pm and […]

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Hurricane Irene and climate change

26. August 2011

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Hurricane Irene is the first major hurricane of the 2011 season and is currently a category three storm, packing winds of 115mph (185km/h), and  now 580 miles (933km) wide.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14674374 A state of emergency has now been declared in five American states.John Cangialosi from the National Hurricane Centre in Florida, told the BBC the storm was “what […]

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London Edible Gardens Open Day

24. August 2011

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Over 40 of London’s community food-growing gardens will be opening their gates to the public in September, resulting in the largest opening of food-growing spaces on a single day for any one city in the UK! On Saturday, 3rd September 2011 members of Capital Growth are inviting Londoners to explore their neighbourhood growing spaces. Many […]

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Early autumn in uk

23. August 2011

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Over the past 24 hours it seems that summer has come to an abrupt end and autumn is creeping upon us. There has been heavy rain with mist and fog here in the South East  and the leaves on many trees are already changing colour before September has even arrived. Guy Barter, chief horticultural adviser […]

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Elephants Ears

20. August 2011

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Keeping with the exotic theme here is one of my favourite plants that copes well with heavy rain and muggy atmospeheres interspersed with sunny moments.If you prefer the Latin name they are known as Colocasia Esculenta This is an absolutely fabulous exotic with enormous leaves up to 30cm across by 90cm long. The leaves are held on thick […]

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UK summer heaven for hibiscus

19. August 2011

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After heavy monsoon style rain in southern england yesterday, today delivered a beautiful sunny day with one of those bright blue skies that make the garden look even greener.Heavy rain followed by sunny days is great news for my beautiful red tropical hibiscus that is literally “glowing” in my garden. There are two types of hibiscus , the hardy ones can […]

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Kew revives wild flower meadows

18. August 2011

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 Forget planting a tree. If you really want to fight climate change and boost wildlife, it appears that you would be better off investing your money in protecting a local wild flower meadow. To assist with this mission, Kew gardens today announced that they are launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help […]

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London Honey Festival

17. August 2011

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    Something for the weekend :The London Honey Festival, Royal Festival Hall, 21st August This is a free public event at the Royal Festival Hall, 21st August from 12pm to 5pm.  A huge number of London beekeepers will be behind stalls with information on bees, observation hives, and honey samples. You will also be […]

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Big Biochar experiment

15. August 2011

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Would you like to receive a sample of  the soil enhancer Biochar and take part in a ground breaking experiment? Oxford Biochar is pioneering the first large-scale experiment on the use of biochar on British allotments and gardens. It aims to gather quantitative data on above- and below-ground productivity, and qualitative data on plant and soil health […]

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Kew’s Tweet and Grow

14. August 2011

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Kew’s Tweet and Grow

Kew Gardens is still my favourite green place to visit when I am in London as it transports you to far away places with its amazing display of global plants. This summer visitors can travel the world as Kew is offering plants that enjoy the heat of the tropical rainforest or the tranquility of the […]

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