Special flower for June

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Humility, chastity and sweetness are the characteristics of June’s special flower – the rose. But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose. Anne Brontë An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup. H.L. Mencken I feel…… Continue reading Special flower for June

Our gardens may be under threat

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I saw this perturbing report on the BBC News website at the end of last year. Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease. Apparently Xylella fastidiosa has caused widespread problems in Europe, wiping out entire olive groves. It can infect plants from lavender to cherry trees and is of real and growing concern in…… Continue reading Our gardens may be under threat

Which flower do you like best for December?

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According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac founded in 1792 in the USA the special flower for the month of December is either holly or the narcissus. The Interflora website for UK identifies holly as the December floral treat in the UK. But Battle House of Flowers shows the poinsettia as December’s special bloom. While Flower Press…… Continue reading Which flower do you like best for December?

How will climate change affect your garden?

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Although I’ve read a great deal about climate change and worry about it a lot, I’ve never given any particular thought as to how climate change will affect our garden. I live in a chalky area where the soil drains quickly even after the heaviest of downpours. I haven’t planted anything very delicate apart from…… Continue reading How will climate change affect your garden?

Does London need a garden bridge?

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I usually start the day with a cup of tea and a quick look through the BBC News website. Today one story on my iPad was headed up: Garden  Bridge project “nearly collapsed”. I don’t live in London so this plan for a new bridge to span the River Thames has passed me by. The…… Continue reading Does London need a garden bridge?