Wednesday, 29 February 2012
I was just skimming through a plant catalogue in a newspaper and WOW, did these foxy numbers stand out. Foxtail Lillies Eremurus robustus will add real height and colour to a border!
Flowering Period:June, July
15 bare roots, 5 of each colour £14.97
Buy from Van Meuwen CLICK HERE
A nimby is someone who objects to a development near to their home, so for example someone campaigning to stop a housing development on farm fields next to their house would be considered a Nimby.
There is of course nothing wrong with being a nimby, who would want a mobile phone mast yards from their front drive, or a new housing estate at the end of the village, where there is a wild meadow?! HOWEVER, a lot of 'nimbys' are hypocritical, they complain about something being built near them, but if you look closer you find their actions do not match their objections. So for example, a village might have voted for the last ten years for Labour, despite knowing they allowed huge immigration of 3 million people, they continued to vote for them. Of course, a booming population, where net immigration was 250,000 increase each year, a city the size of Nottingham, means more housing is needed to cope with all the extra new households, people can't live in rabbit warrens. If a 'nimby' has on the other hand wrote letters complaining about mass immigration, has voted for parties who are anti mass immigration, they can be a nimby without being a hypocrite. However, all those waving banners against the consequences of what they voted for, really are someone who is only concerned about their back yard and just want the houses built next to someone elses village.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
I'm always amazed at the number of interesting environmental and nature charities in the UK. The latest one I have recently came across is the British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust. The clue is in the title, they are an organisation that promotes horse logging in Britain. You might wonder, why on earth in this modern age there will be any demand for horses that pull felled logs through forests, like the Victorian era. However, if you visit their website you will soon learn like I did of how they can be used to save money by not requiring tracks to be built, they can work on steep unsteady ground and leave a very light footprint on the areas they have been to. They also can be used for flattening heather and cutting meadowland.
The news is that Morgan, a traditional British car manufacturer who still uses wood for its frames is sponsoring an apprenticeship scheme so these traditional skills can be passed on. They have donated a Morgan 3 wheeler for a raffle. Tickets come in books of 5 and are £10 per ticket. So entry to win this eye catching little motor is £50, although you could get a few friends to each buy a ticket, reducing the price to £10 per person.
By post from Doug Joiner, Hill Farm, Bosbury, Ledbury, HR8 1HE, send an S.A.E. and cheque for £50 payable to 'British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust' for each book of 5tickets.
Monday, 27 February 2012
If you read the full article it claims that the sweetcorn has been genetically modified to include a toxin found in poisonous catepillars. The idea is that the insects eat the corn then the toxin kills them without requiring pesticide.
It is unknown what effect consuming a plant that produces this toxin will have on humans, however lab rats that fed the Bt corn suffer from organ failure.
The Walton family who own Walmart are one of the richest families in the world, so I would like to know to put everyones fears to rest will they publically eat a large bowlful of this sweetcorn at one of their supermarkets?
Wildlife that could be affected include newts and the rare Natterjack toad, whereas other species like snakes thrive in the drier conditions.
The film above is a Natterjack toad in Slitere National Park in Latvia, here in the UK they can be found in parts of the South of England and the coastline of Cumbria and Dumfries. http://slitere.lv/
Saturday, 25 February 2012
The job is based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, but no doubt there will be travel involved to various sites on different continents. Each cemetery looks similar with the distinct headstones and Lutyen designed architecture, however the plants are chosen for the climate, so a war cemetery in Normandy might have Lavender, roses and Dianthus, etc whereas those in North Africa have palms, olives and cacti.
The Director will be in charge of managing the gardeners throughout the world, training, horticultural plans etc so no doubt the CWGC will be looking for someone with great experience and training. Full details here;
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The latest 'Gardens to Visit' page is about Barnsdale Gardens. They were created by former BBC Gardener's World presenter Geoff Hamilton, who sadly died in the 1990's.
There is loads of different styles of gardens, such as a Japanese garden, cottage garden, allotment garden, and a formal pond and knot garden to name just a few so visitors can get loads of ideas and inspiration for their own gardens.
Here is the link;
and here is the full list of garden to visit pages;
If you work for, own or volunteer for a garden that is open to the public and would like to be featured just email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you the info. As an editorial page it is FREE to set up.
What an amazing achievement, next stop Jurrasic Park! You can see a picture of the plant in flower via the link below;
People who just drop litter like that really get on my nerves!! Even at the age of 6 I used to carry all my sweet wrappers in my trouser pockets until I could put them in a bin,they were always full of Chewit and Curly Wurly wrappers. So I just can't understand why grown adults just treat the place like an open air dump.
Today at a roundabout a sports car pulled up, I was going straight over and the women in the car was waiting to turn left. She just wound the window down and dropped some paper onto the road, without a care in the world. Within a split second I give a good honk of my horn, if nothing else you get a good laugh because It's funny to see the persons reaction. (It was so obvious she knew what the honk was for) So the next time you see someone dropping litter, give them a honk and lets keep Britain tidy!
Monday, 20 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Also here is a video about a project they have been working on in Scotland to improve Bumblebee habitat.
Sarah Raven visits Harrogate, who always do well in Britain and Bloom and arranges for the gardening teams to trial some beds using nectar rich plants rather than the standard bedding plants such as Begonias. When the Britain in Bloom judges are visiting they are in a park with various beds, and the one which has been planted with the nectar rich plants such as single head Dahlias is buzzing with activity, whereas just a few metres away beds planted with the usual displays are bee free zones.
It all comes down to nectar and by the time you have finished watching, I'm sure you'll be inspired to think about adding a few nectar rich plants to your garden this coming season.
WATCH ON BBC IPLAYER VIA LINK BELOW
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
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Monday, 6 February 2012
So here it is, and don't forget to visit their website to find out more about their work and plan a visit.
I know it snowed it down south a bit more, hope you had some fun with snowballs and sledges. Now can we just get on with Spring, as I'm raring to go!
Saturday, 4 February 2012
I've enjoyed the mild winter, OK, so their has been no pretty snow scenes like last year, but who cares as it means a lower gas bill!
Even if it does snow now, I say do your worst Mother Nature, as it's February so it's getting slowly lighter and in only a few weeks it will be Spring!! CANNOT WAIT. ;0)
Friday, 3 February 2012
A new variety of Buddleja. These hardy plants are renowned for their ability to attract butterflies to your garden. In fact they are often called butterfly bushes. This 'Flower Power' newby goes according to T&M "deepest violet to rich butterscotch yellow for an enchanting kaleidoscope of colour." The plants grow to 2 metres tall. Easy to maintain just prune back in spring, then dead head flowers to prolong flowering throughout the growing season. Two plants for £10, saving a fiver!
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Another new Clematis for 2012 is Clematis x aromatica Old Man's Beard. As you can see the unique feature of this Clematis is the long strands known as stamens in the centre of the flower. So exotic looking. Imagine having this climbing plant covering the side of a boring old garage or shed!
3 plants just £11.99
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Another plant that comes near the top of my favourite list is Clematis. The variety of colours, the shape of the flowers, the way they turn boring walls and fences into a blaze of colour. Here is Thompson and Morgan's latest Clematis, very nice. Love the blueness, however, if you go to the website via the link below and watch the short video clip you will see the flowers seem more purplely than the photo indicates.
1 Clematis plant is £10.99, you can also get 3 plants for £18.99.
(They're such a good company for giving good discounts for multiple purchases! ;0)
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Look at these HUGE Dahlias new for 2012. Blooms are 12 inches in size, and just look at those fiery colours! Seriously, get these and put them in some containers on your decking or patio. They will look superb and are easy to care for. Also, they flower from July onwards which is early for Dahlias traditionally assosciated with late summer.
Height: 120cm (48”). Spread: 60cm (24”)
1 Jumbo plug is £8.99, but Thompson and Morgan have an amazing offer, 4 jumbo plug plants for just £9.99 in total. That is one serious horticultural bargain for these tough economic times.
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I'm a big fan of huge plants and flowers, especially types of Sunflowers, Dahlias and Chrysanthenums. These monster dinner plate sized Hibiscus blooms certainly caught my eye! I think they will appeal to many gardeners, they really will be jaw droppers in your front garden and will get plenty of passing admirers.
They are 18.99 for 3 plants of varying colours. They are a hardy shrub and require full sun.
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Cranberry Crush' - Huge, crimson red flowers.
Hibiscus 'Kopper King' - Candy cane pink flowers produced against a backdrop of striking copper red foliage.
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Old Yella' - Gently ruffled primrose yellow flowers.
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