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National Gardening Week 15th to 21st April

13. April 2013

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The weather has warmed up just in time for National Gardening Week from 15th to 21st April .The RHS  have given by giving away 10,000 packets of wildflower seeds – they want to get Britain sowing! The RHS and Mr Fothergill’s have donated 10,000 packets of annual wildflower seeds for people to sow acres of […]

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Chelsea Flower Show hit by cold snap

8. April 2013

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Next month’s Chelsea Flower Show, which marks its 100th anniversary and as usual sold out months ago, is only  six weeks away. Hard to imagine that May is also just 22 days away when you look out the window and see the state of most gardens and the temperatures on the weather forecast every night. […]

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Cold weather affecting plants

2. April 2013

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This photo taken at Capel Manor Horticultural College shows very clearly how plants are being affected by the very cold weather in Spring 2013. This time last year the blossom was out and many shrubs and spring bulbs were in full bloom. The growing season is starting very much later this year and it will […]

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Coldest Easter but spring arrives next Sunday

1. April 2013

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The UK just experienced the coldest Easter Sunday for more than 50 years, with overnight temperatures dipping to below -12C in Scotland. The Met Office confirmed it had registered a temperature of -12.5 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in the Scottish Highlands. With modern records dating back to 1960, Sunday’s freezing weather beat the previous record of -9.8, set in 1986. […]

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When will spring arrive?

29. March 2013

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This has to be the most popular question being asked in  the UK  as the country continues to shiver in freezing temperatures. Large spades of optimism are certainly what gardeners need at the moment as this cold spell is set to continue  until the middle of April. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/21977085 Here is a video from this weeks […]

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Cold weather v climate change

28. March 2013

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Cold weather v climate change

Many people are suggesting that the current long spell of very cold weather in the UK  means  that global warming has ended. This ill-informed  thinking highlights how much confusion there is about: : The difference between weather and climate. Weather is caused by disturbances within the atmosphere, but climate is controlled by external influences, such […]

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Climate change warning by John Bedington

25. March 2013

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On yet another snowy and cold day across the UK, the government’s outgoing chief scientific adviser Professor Sir John Beddington linked the severe weather to climate change and warned that past emissions will lead to significant change over the next 20 years. Speaking on BBC Breakfast he explained: “In a sense we have moved from […]

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Coldest March for 50 years

24. March 2013

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The UK is already on course for the coldest March since 1970, in sharp contrast to last year’s record breaking heat. Forecasters have predicted that we may have to look back as far as 1962 to find such a bitter start to spring as the mercury plummets again next week. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9948450/The-competition-for-coldest-March-in-50-years.html Spring is certainly finding […]

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First day of spring but winter lingers on

20. March 2013

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The first day of spring arrived but with very little sign of warmer temperatures normally associated with this very important day in the gardening calender. It has been a complete contrast to this time last year when the UK was enjoying a heatwave. Matthew Oates, a naturalist working with the National Trust,  recalls how the  heatwave […]

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NASA climate change video

19. March 2013

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NASA has produced this 90 second video that helps explain why climate change is happening. It sets out the key issues in an easy to understand cartoon style and hopefully will convert some of the many climate cynics that still think climate change is not happening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85TQHzS88L4 Its worth checking out their Facebook page as […]

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