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Ten years of bad summers

23. June 2013

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Britain has a higher chance of wet summers for the next ten years, the Met Office has predicted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10128658/Run-of-wet-summers-could-last-another-10-years.html Predictions are that more rain and wind over the next few “summer” months suggests that the 2013 British summer will be another wash out  for UK gardeners and gardens. Six of the last seven summers have […]

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Jet stream and climate changes

19. June 2013

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Weather and climate experts from across the UK came together at the Met Office’s HQ in Exeter  for a workshop to discuss the recent run of unusual seasons in Europe. Professor Stephen Belcher, Head of the Met Office Hadley Centre and chair of the meeting, said: “Ultimately what we’ve seen in each of these seasons is […]

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Floating Garden for new Thames Bridge

14. June 2013

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                  The latest architectural enhancement planned for London looks like it will make gardening main”stream” and bring  even more greeness to the City. A stunning new bridge across the Thames could appear in the capital  if designs from the man who brought us the London 2012 Olympic […]

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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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