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Do garden plants prefer rainwater?

7. June 2010

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Do garden plants prefer rainwater?

The sun has disapeared behind cloudy grey skies in the UK.This has brought some much needed rain to very dry gardens in the South East and made me reflect again on how important rain is to our gardens. Gardeners take rainwater for granted and often we squander this valuable resource. It is not only free […]

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UN Video for 2010 Year of Biodiversity

6. June 2010

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UN Video for 2010 Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is life – Biodiversity is our life 70% of plants are threatened by extinction as a result of climate change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1VYmpTikgw&feature=related

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Summer at Kew Gardens

5. June 2010

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Summer at Kew Gardens

Summer appears to have finally arrived in the UK with beautiful dry sunny weather. Today I decided to check out my favourite “green space” in London  – the 300 acres that is Kew Gardens. Wandering around Kew is like being a child in a sweet shop. Eveywhere you look there are wonderful sights and smells […]

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London goes bananas

3. June 2010

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London goes bananas

It was a beautifully sunny and warm day in central London yesterday with temperatures around 23c. The trees and plants were looking wonderful in the bright light. I was working in offices near Bloomsbury most of the day but managed to get a walk round Gordon Square at lunch and then Russell Square after work […]

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Prince Charles hosts garden party to make a difference

2. June 2010

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Prince Charles hosts garden party to make a difference

Prince Charles has announced that from September 8th – 19th, Clarence House will host the ‘Garden Party To Make A Difference’ as part of the prince’s Start initiative which promotes sustainable living. “Start essentially gives us more control over our own lives by giving us fresh (and sometimes forgotten) ways of making our resources go […]

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Loose the Lawn?

2. June 2010

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Loose the Lawn?

“Lose the Lawn” is an American campaign that is gaining momentum as  water restrictions force gardeners, expecially in California, to re-think how they maintain their green spaces. http://www.losethelawn.com/ http://www.seabreezenurseries.com/FireYourLawnGuys.htm

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Eco Charlie gardens grow greener

31. May 2010

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The chemical gardening season is currently in full flow and I have noticed how every other ad on the TV promotes a range of horrendous potions which are supposed to keep your garden looking good. Surely gardening is about being connected to the earth and nature? Scattering a cocktail of chemicals around the garden seems […]

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Buy olive trees in UK

29. May 2010

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Buy olive trees in UK

Olive trees are now a common site in UK gardens, even olive groves can be seen if you travel around the south of the country. Probably the first commercial olive growers in England are Sarah and Stephen Nunn. Their olive grove in Sussex is flourishing and from half an acre last year they produced 200 […]

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Tropical garden wins gold at Chelsea

28. May 2010

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The first ever full size tropical garden to be built at the  Chelsea Flower Show was awarded a gold medal this year. James Wong, best known as the BBC TV presenter of Grow Your Own Drugs, built this incredible Malaysian garden to inspire UK gardeners to step outside their comfort zone. Growing tropical plants in […]

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Rare orchid gets police protection

27. May 2010

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10164012.stm

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