Wild about gardening week…

  The 15th – 21st September 2014 is Wild About Gardens Week, which will focus on the plight of the UK’s 1,500 species of pollinating insects. The aim of the week is to encourage people to do more to support our vital pollinators over the winter months. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts (TWT)…

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Treatment of fairy rings.

I am often asked on a radio show I co present (The Great Outdoors on BBC Radio Humberside) about fairy rings in lawns, in particular what is the best way that the home gardener can eradicate them. In the old days there used to be some very effective chemicals, including Armillatox. This has now been…

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The Oldest Living Things

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, who for the last 10 years has been working on an astonishing project to document and photograph the oldest living things in the world. To be included in this project Sussman has set the criteria that the organism, (with the exception of one coral all are plants)…

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The trees that survived Hiroshima…

When the unthinkable happened and the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945, more than 100,000 people died. The city of Hiroshima was reduced to radioactive rubble and somehow, beyond all of the odds 170 trees survived the blast. Since 2011, a group have been nurturing seeds from the survivor trees and…

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What a great idea!

This week I have been judging the gardens that have entered for the Hedon in Bloom competition. I particularly liked the ideas that have been used to create this interesting wall. Rope edging, often used to edge borders and stop gravel and other loose path materials from mixing with the border soil has been laid…

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A new challenge

I have just set myself an interesting challenge on The Plant Enthusiast website. The challenge is everything down to just 100. I am trying to define my top 100 Perennials, Tropical Plants, Trees and Shrubs. It is easy at the start, but as the places fill up, I think there may be some difficult choices…

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