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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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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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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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May flowers follow chilly April

1. May 2013

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The UK is basking in some glorious sunshine at the moment – at last! Forecasters also suggest that the sun will stick around for a blazing Bank Holiday weekend.By Monday the mercury will hit a balmy and pleasant 19C. Good news for gardeners who are busy everywhere planting seeds like mad and getting plots ready […]

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Bees at crisis point

19. April 2013

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  Bee populations in Britain are at ‘crisis point’ as numbers are hit by the freezing and wet weather. Beekeepers across the country have reported a drop in colonies as a wet summer last year gave way to an extended winter. Flowers are not yet blooming and hives which survived the winter are weeks behind […]

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Why was March 2013 so cold?

18. April 2013

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It is really wonderful to feel  the warmth of the sun again even if it is now very windy. Magnolias, daffodils, tulips and other beautiful spring delights are sprouting all over the country bringing some much needed colour into our gardens after months of cold and grey days. UK gardeners are used to every type […]

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Gardening in a changing climate survey

15. April 2013

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                      It is now three weeks since the RHS and the University of Reading  launched an online survey about gardening and climate change. They  are asking members of the public to share their view on climate change and its impact on their choices and plans […]

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