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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 3

24. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 3

The third suggestion for low maintenance, high impact winter plants is Euphorbia melliflora – more commonly known as Honey Spurge.This plant provides instant gratification with attractive leaves similar to Oleander . It grows to about 8 feet in 10 years but needs protection in a rural winter environment if temperatures dip very low.http://www.architecturalplants.com/plant.html?code=EMNR This is […]

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 2

22. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 2

Architectural Plants combine year round interest, attractive foliage and many like Phillyrea Latifolia are low maintenance and very hardy. Angus tells me that this plant is exceptionally popular at his nursery .It has the feel of an olive tree but he suggests it is more beautiful as the leaves are intense making it ideal for […]

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 1

21. December 2009

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Architectural Winter Wonders – No 1

As promised here are a few excellent plant ideas for architectural interest in your winter garden. All of the following will retain their leaves throughout the year and have been suggested by Angus White who has a deep passion for this type of plant .His nursery in Horsham, West Sussex stocks hundreds of Architectural Plants […]

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Snow scenes in the garden

18. December 2009

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Snow scenes in the garden

London and the South/East of England have woken to a Xmas postcard scene with a sprinkling of that magical white stuff. The leaves of cordyline and cycad create a wonderful tapestry for the snow.Their architectural leaves provide beautiful bold shapes in a traditional English winter garden. Look forward to sharing pictures and information about excellent […]

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Create a cool winter garden

11. December 2009

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Create a cool winter garden

After 50 days of rain with day time temperatures hovering between 9-11c, the UK now has more traditonal winter weather. Frosts and clear night skies have created some spectacular sun-rises along the sea-front and daily temperatures have dropped to 4-6c . I love this sharp sunny winter weather. It makes the season bearable but has been absent […]

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Palm mania crosses the Alps

7. December 2009

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Palm mania crosses the Alps

The milder winter temperatures enjoyed in Northern Europe as a result of climate change are encouraging a palm mania which has particularly hit the UK. The country now has the biggest number of palm enthusiasts after Spain, Italy and France.Toby Shobbrook from the Palm Centre in Richmond, Surrey, which sells about 15 species of palms […]

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Dark Northern days need flowers

5. December 2009

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Dark Northern days need flowers

Its the count down to the shortest day as hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere slowly diminish up to 21st December. Not a good time for blogging about gardens in the UK, but I am still determined to seek out interesting stories and gorgeous photos to keep you inspired about climate change gardening during […]

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2009 warms up to 5th hottest on record

2. December 2009

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2009 warms up to 5th hottest on record

According to the Met Office annual temperatures for 2009 confirm that the world is getting warmer. This year is likely to one of the top five warmest years globally since records began 150 years ago. The UK’s weather service projects that, unless there is an exceptionally cold spell before the end of the year, temperatures […]

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If you want to feel good, get into a garden!

29. November 2009

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These are wise words from my favourite gardening guru, the inspirational Mr Alan Titchmarsh. Just put his suggestion to the test with a wonderful day in the rather windy fresh air, doing my best to tidy up the leaves and mess in the garden after the recent storms. Winter months can be a challenging time […]

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Climate Change heat arrives in Australia

28. November 2009

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Climate Change heat arrives in Australia

The weather may be turning colder in the UK, but my wonderful Callistemon is still flowering . Having weathered the torrential rain and strong winds, it is now radiating a Xmas feel over the garden with its evergreen leaves and splashes of bright red http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/bottlebrushes.html The Bottle Brush plant originates from Australia where spring is […]

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