Archive | Climate Change RSS feed for this section

Thomas Hobyln embraces climate change

22. June 2009

0 Comments

Garden designers are well aware of the challenges that climate change is bringing to our plants and gardens. This knowledge is crucial to the success of their vision for creating sustainable designs that will adapt as weather patterns change. Thomas Hoblyn is a designer who reflected this idea in his beautiful Silver Award garden at […]

Continue reading...

Monbiot on the Mediterranean

21. June 2009

0 Comments

Monbiot on the Mediterranean

I have always admired George Monbiot  – his outspoken views on climate change are really worth reading on his blog. Over the past week, he challenged the notion that if climate change means that the UK becomes more like the Mediterranean with hotter summers and less rainfall then, what will the Mediterranean become? http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2009/jun/18/monbiot-climate-impacts “Do […]

Continue reading...

The delight of Oriental Poppies

12. June 2009

0 Comments

The delight of Oriental Poppies

One of my favourite plants at this time of year are the wonderful oriental poppies which raise their fabulous heads in all sorts of places  – they love poor soil and neglect which means they are ideally suited to drought gardening. The petals are thin and delicate like fine tissue paper, offer a range of […]

Continue reading...

Heavenly Hibiscus

11. June 2009

2 Comments

Heavenly Hibiscus

These showy, tropical plants always transport me to the Caribbean where they are a very common site. I normally keep them under glass but they have done well on my south facing terrace in a very sunny spot this year – be careful to bring them in at night or offer some protection if temperatures […]

Continue reading...

Eco gardening secrets from Africa

9. June 2009

5 Comments

Eco gardening secrets from Africa

An excellent charity called Send a Cow, have developed a unique method of growing vegetables in a keyhole garden using knowledge from African Farmers. They won a silver medal at the BBC Gardeners World Exhibition with their display which aims to save water and grow vegetables in a small area such as a patio or […]

Continue reading...

US gardeners guide to global warming/ weirding?

8. June 2009

0 Comments

The effects of climate change on American gardens varies enormously from one State to the next: http://www.nwf.org/gardenersguide/ Garden writer Anne Raver of  The New York Times was the first to label the trend as “global weirding”” http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2008-04-01/Hardiness-Zone-Changes.aspx

Continue reading...

World Environment Day highlights Climate Change

5. June 2009

0 Comments

World Environment Day highlights Climate Change

The theme for WED 2009 is ‘Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change’. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests. Visit http://twitter.com/unepandyou to […]

Continue reading...

RHS Grow their Own underwear at Hampton Court Show

26. May 2009

0 Comments

Bras, briefs and boxer shorts donated to Chelsea Flower Show By Louise Gray , Daily Telegraph Bra Photo: RHS The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) asked visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show to donate clean unwanted bras, boxer shorts and jockey pants for its summer Grow Your Own campaign. Dozens handed in old underwear which will […]

Continue reading...

Rainwater harvesting – Indian style

25. May 2009

0 Comments

Rainwater harvesting – Indian style

If climate change means more monsoon style rain then rainwater harvesting will need to become part of everyday life. This amazing video shot in India sums up the simplicity of rainwater harvesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnhYIIKY0U We need to harvest rain for our gardens but in India the rain provides food needed to survive. Find more info and […]

Continue reading...

The other Chelsea Flower Show

24. May 2009

0 Comments

The other Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show may have ended yesterday but if you walk round any British town or village or down any street there are simply hundreds of beautiful gardens bursting with wonderful flowers and innovative design ideas.There really is nothing like an English garden on a sunny day: The gardens above use traditional and mediterranean […]

Continue reading...