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Confusing weather?

7. October 2009

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Confusing weather?

What is going on ? It may be cloudy and wet, but it was 18c last night on the South Coast and its muggy again today . Just as I was getting ready for the cosiness of autumn, it seems that our unpredictable climate has other ideas. And its not just humans who are confused […]

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Palms thrive in UK drought

3. October 2009

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Palms thrive in UK drought

Palms are now a very common sight in many English gardens and seem to be doing very well in the Autumn heat wave in the South. These are impactful plants that  create a Mediterranean or Tropical feel. There is a wide choice of hardy and not-so hardy varities available from specialist nurseries in the UK […]

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Trees suffer in early Autumn drought

2. October 2009

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The lack of rainfall in South East England and East Anglia is producing an Autumn drought which is threatening many of our native tree specimens. The Met Offiice said that in the South East as a whole there was just 35mm of rain in August, compared to an average of 50mm. In September was only […]

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

1. October 2009

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

The South and East of England are experiencing an Indian Summer at the moment . Over the past few weeks daily temperatures have regularly reached 22-26c.The sky is a wonderful blue and the sun is providing lots of lovely late summer heat allowing many plants an unexpected flowering period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216255/Barbecues-ready-Indian-summer-looks-set-continue.html This is bad news for […]

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Climate Change garden for Isle of Wight

24. September 2009

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Interesting climate change news from the RHS web-site today: 24 September 2009 A new garden has been created by volunteers at the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight and planted with half-hardy exotics to test the limits of what it’s possible to grow as as the effects of climate change become more marked. […]

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Dazzling Dahlias

21. September 2009

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Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are doing well this Autumn. .The key to success is a really good rich soil with plenty of organic material, a regular pruning, possibly staking as the plants grow ever taller and the occasional feed.http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plantprofile_dahlia.shtml What I love about these plants is that they flower at a time when the garden needs a real […]

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

20. September 2009

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Late Summer Beauty at Great Dixter

According to the Met Office, summer in the UK officially ends at the end of August.  However, every year we seem to get these wonderful sunny September and October days that make the line between the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn rather blurred. Temperatures in the South East have been in the […]

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Americans rant on lawn issues

19. September 2009

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The issue of maintaining America’s 25 million acres of lawn that use a staggering 3 million tons of fertilisers continues. Just found this newly launched web-site from the wonderful ladies who set up Garden Rant, a popular gardening blog in the USA who, like me are utterly convinced that GARDENING MATTERS! Check out : http://www.gardenrant.com/ […]

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Bananarama!

9. September 2009

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Bananarama!

Here are the latest photos of the bananas growing outside near to the Co-Op in the Meads,Eastbourne: As you can see there are now two sweet little bunches of bananas  – hope all this lovely hot sunshine will ripen them to yellow Such a bizarre site and certainly  the talk of Meads Village.

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Climate change challenge for French wine

8. September 2009

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Climate change challenge for French wine

French wine production is feeling the heat acording to a new report just issued by Greenpeace. A climatically-sensitive process, French viniculture is being seriously chellenged by the impacts of global warming – summer heat waves, recent hail storms in the Bordelais and the emergence of new diseases. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/french-wine-climate040909

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