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Rainwater is gold for gardeners

4. August 2011

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Rainwater is gold for gardeners

The rain has arrvied in buckets loads today with most parts of the UK receiving heavy downpours consistent with the humid sunny weather of the past few days. Summer gardening in the UK is increasingly becoming a battleground.Long periods of drought makes the ground very hard which means that when the rain does finally arrive, this precious “gold” liquid often runs off […]

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UK tropical heatwave

3. August 2011

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The UK is experiencing a mini heatwave at last this summer! Temperatures have been hotter over the past few days than Turkey or India with the mercury reaching 28c – 83f – at Heathrow yesterday and temperatures in inner London up to 30c. It is also very humid which is great news for tropical plants like my […]

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Hampton Court reflections

16. July 2011

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Hampton Court reflections

I visited Hampton Court Flower Show last Sunday and was blown away by the sheer numbers of people attending – not to mention their endless enthusiasm and passion for plants plus the amount of money they seemed to have for acquiring plants and a range of paraphanalia, the majority of which seemed completely pointless to […]

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Drought official in UK

10. June 2011

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Parts of England are officially in drought following the dry spring, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13722013 Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is set to hold a second drought summit to review the impacts of the continuing dry weather and the government is sending a message to water wisely. Ms […]

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Beat drought use Grey Water

5. June 2011

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Beat drought use Grey Water

Running a bath, taking a shower or just running taps – they all produce ‘grey water’ that’s fine for using in the garden, for flushing the loo and even in the washing machine. Collecting grey water for use in your garden  is a simple energy saving thing to do – especially today as its World […]

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World Environment Day 2011

31. May 2011

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World Environment Day 2011

World Environment Day, abbreviated to WED, takes place on 5 June and  is a global celebration of positive environmental action. The UN-promoted event began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main ways in which the organization draws attention to environmental issues around the world. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-agenda-world-environment-day-2292869.html Water is one of the key […]

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Drought continues in June

29. May 2011

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Drought continues in June

The unpredictablity of our UK weather is nothing new but, after the coldest winter for 100 years and now the driest start to summer for 100 years, gardens everywhere are certainly being challenged . Suggestions are that East Anglia and the South East will experience ongoing dry weather in June if Positive Weather Solutions get […]

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Rain arrives in London

26. May 2011

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Rain arrives in London

When it rains heavily in London, the Victorian drains often overflow and rivers of rain simply rush away. The average Londoner uses nearly 160 litres of water a day – saving just 10 per cent of this total, through easy measures, would fill an incredible 48 Olympic-sized swimming pools every day. With rising population, climate […]

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RHS highlights water crisis for gardening

22. May 2011

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RHS highlights water crisis for gardening

On the eve of the Chelsea Flower Show it is brilliant to see the RHS using the focus on gardening in the UK this week to point out that gardeners have to think about how they use water to maintain their precious gardens. They have commissioned a study that highlights the benefits of gardens but […]

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Drought Loving plants – Oleander

15. May 2011

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Drought Loving plants – Oleander

If your garden is suffering from a  lack of rain then maybe now is the time to re-think your planting? Oleanders have to be my first drought plant choice as they are also evergreen which means they deliver impact throughout the year.These low maintenance Mediterranean plants have delicate flowers in shades of deep red to […]

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