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British Monsoon season

13. June 2013

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After just a week of dry and sunny weather, the UK has slipped into another cycle of windy, wet and unpredictable weather for the summer. With Mid Summers Day just a few days away gardeners are becoming increasingly concerned that  long balmy days of sunshine and light are just not going to happen in 2013 […]

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Grass free lawn in London park

11. June 2013

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The desire for a perfect weed free lawn is no longer set to be the ultimate garden statement. The latest trend in the garden is to use flowers and herbs to “bee” more environmentally friendly. One example of this is a beautiful floral, scented lawn, just planted in a west London park which is providing […]

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Chelsea uses Groundwork for Reuse Scheme

28. May 2013

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A week ago the Chelsea Flower Show was in full bloom defying the challenging cold and wet weather. It appears that the 100th anniversary show was, as always, a great success despite controversy over the awards http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/chelseaflowershow/10076060/Chelsea-Flower-Show-2013-was-Best-in-Show-unfairly-awarded.html All the time, effort and huge financial investment that makes this unique global event possible are just one side […]

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Bluebells bloom later in 2013

26. May 2013

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Bluebells in Sussex appear to be flowering up to 4 weeks later this year as opposed to 4 weeks early as in 2012. Fred Rumsey, a botanist from the Natural History Museum, London, UK explains: “Our initial impression is that flowering is between four and five weeks behind what it was last year.” He told […]

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Cold spring affects Chelsea and garden centres

20. May 2013

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A cold, late spring has put summer colours in the garden on hold and also means that many plants for the Chelsea Flower Show are two to four week late This later growing season means that plants that would normally have gone over are still in full bloom, and will make an appearance at the […]

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Chelsea green fingers get greener

19. May 2013

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Each year, the Chelsea Flower Show attracts more than 157,000 visitors over six days and is watched by 19 million viewers via the excellent  coverage of the worlds biggest Flower Show which began today on  BBC  TV. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007lyhs Visitors and TV viewers are attracted by the prospect of wonderful designs, colourful blooms and innovation in horticulture. Set […]

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Climate Change transforming British wine

8. May 2013

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The average temperature in Sussex is a degree warmer than it was for most of the 20th century, with practical implications for the region’s vineyards. However, anyone who thinks that climate change will provide a simple good news story for English wine-lovers may be deluding themselves. In England, depending on what happens to the gulf […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Preview

6. May 2013

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  The Chelsea Flower Show preparing for its 100th Press Day.       On Monday 20th May 2013, the most famous Horticultural Show in the world opens in London for its 100th year to deliver garden delights that inspire and delight, as well as create debate and discussion, The Chelsea Flower Show is  THE […]

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Weather to garden

5. May 2013

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May has arrived with some lovely high temperatures in the garden which is really helping many plants to catch up after the very cold start to spring. South East England is predicted to enjoy 21c on Bank Holiday Monday which is wonderful news but night frosts can still be a problem well into May  – […]

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Climate changes and chimera

3. May 2013

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Weird weather and fluctuating temperatures can have interesting affects on plants which is shown here by this stunning camellia currently flowering in a UK garden as the spring weather finally warms. This appears almost unreal but  is the  result of  a natural genetic mutation – known as a chimera – that can change the appearance […]

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