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Hampton Court reflections

16. July 2011

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Hampton Court reflections

I visited Hampton Court Flower Show last Sunday and was blown away by the sheer numbers of people attending – not to mention their endless enthusiasm and passion for plants plus the amount of money they seemed to have for acquiring plants and a range of paraphanalia, the majority of which seemed completely pointless to […]

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Gardens and cats go together

15. July 2011

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Gardens and cats go together

I have been dreading writing this post but feel I must explain my absence from blogging over the past week. My wonderful white deaf cat Assie – or Lord Asriel for anyone who read Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman -went missing on 7th July .I have spent the last week putting up posters and searching […]

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Hampton Court shows solar greenhouse

8. July 2011

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Hampton Court shows solar greenhouse

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is my favourite horticultural event as you can get up close to the plants and find exciting new products like this fabulous new greenhouse using solar panels – brilliant and yet so simple.Will certainly be checking this out and lots of other interesting stories when I visit Hampton Court […]

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Tropical Garden Design

8. July 2011

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Tropical Garden Design

Inspired by travelling to the tropics, I am now busy planning how to bring a tropical feel into my english garden and found these helpful websites which have some good practical tips: http://www.cooltropicalplants.com/tropical-garden-design.html http://www.floralandhardy.co.uk/pages/tropical-garden-design For totallly outlandish dreaming inspired by impractical solutions for UK gardens here is my favourite book on tropical garden design by […]

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Tropical Plant Adventures

8. July 2011

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Tropical Plant Adventures

Apologies for my absence from blogging over the past few weeks. Have been exploring Malaysia and soaking up the spectacluar plants that grow in the tropical temperatures of beautiful Langkawi island, just next to Sumatra. Returned to the UK to be greeted by a wild veggie patch complete with an amazing melon fruit that excites […]

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sun sets on midsummers day

21. June 2011

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sun sets on midsummers day

The longest day has passed with a glorious sunset over the Downs in East Sussex. Took this photo an hour ago on a windy but beautiful Beachy Head – summers here so lets see some heat for those plants and veggies please!

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Summer Solstice celebrations

20. June 2011

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Summer Solstice celebrations

It is almost here ! Tomorrow is the longest day when summer officially arrives and we experience the wonders of having the sun set as late as 21.21hrs in the South of England – and even 22.03hrs in Edinburgh. Anyone feel that summer has eluded them so far after such a wonderfully warm and early […]

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Garden gadabout

20. June 2011

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Garden gadabout

If you live in East Sussex and love gardens and gardening then don’t miss the annual Garden Gadabout experience which takes place over the next two weekends on 25/26th June and 2/3rd July. A variety of fascinating and beautiful gardens and community spaces, open their gates to the public across two week ends in June […]

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

19. June 2011

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Wimbledon and Google strawberry hits

It has been a vintage year for strawberries and demand has been exceptional so there have been concerns that Wimbledon might miss out on supplies of this very English tradition. Even Google announced that online searches for strawberries and strawberry plants are at a seven year high. Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits, said: […]

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

15. June 2011

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RHS Grow your Own Facebook advice

The UK Grow your Own season is steaming ahead over the next week with the long hours of daylight continuing up until Midsummers Day on 21st June. The longer days combined with some welcome rain  in the South  is making my veggies really put on a growth spurt. It is great to grow your own […]

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