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- Topsoil Topsy Turvy
Back and front yard landscaping is necessary to take care of consistently given it represents yourself and your family and as well makes a first and long-term impression for your entire neighborhood. When considering frontyard landscaping there are numerous of suggestions and concepts you can find out concerning lawn care and back and frontyard landscape design.
- So Many Grow Lights, How To Choose?
Plants need three things to grow: light, water and nutrients. Different plants require varying degrees of all three, but they all need at least some sunlight for photosynthesis, some water, and soil or a nutrient solution.
- Chelsea 2012 – The People’s Champions
Following on from last week’s update on this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, we wanted to include a piece concerning your, the ‘people’s’, choice winners. Every year the Royal Horticultural Society awards two designers with this auspicious title based on the many thousands of votes they receive from the public. The people’s choice award is unique in the Chelsea flower show for being the accolade with an exterior adjudication process.
- Chelsea Flower Show 2012
Last week saw this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, an event of special significance for one of its garden’s sponsors, Brewin and Dolphin, for they were celebrating their 250th anniversary. So, with an eye to our horticultural heritage, we thought it appropriate to research the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, its beginnings and how it progressed to what it is today.
- The Grandiose Outdoors
As promised, we’ll be covering in this piece the variety of more luxurious and perhaps extravagant additions that can be made to one’s personal outdoors. The Grand Designs show, as its title would suggest, paid host to a variety of different companies specializing in exciting structures designed to fit any catering or hospitality need, and, while perhaps not the most important elements in the environmental scheme of things, and despite the sometimes astronomical cost of these additions, they do make for worthy column space when considering the tastes of the consummate gardener. After all, if you’d spend thousands on a car or extension, then why not on your garden?
- Reclamation And Sustainability Within Design
Previously we discussed the viability of the night time garden and also promised a piece detailing the ways in which you can outfit your property to be more environmentally friendly, as witnessed by the products and practices exhibited at two of London’s largest ecological and domestic shows - Ecobuild and Grand Designs respectively.
- Ten Easy Annuals To Sow Now!
Annual plants are an excellent way of bringing colour into your garden and, as any gardening centre will tell you, the best time for sowing them is in the height of spring from March to early June, so here at the end of May it is not too late for planting to provide late summer bloomers. Below you’ll find a list of such species that are especially simple to establish and maintain.
- Building Your Boundaries
There are a variety of different reasons for establishing definite and long term boundaries around your garden and these can include privacy, security (from natural, as well as human threats) or just protection for your garden against animals who may wish to make your planting scheme a part of their food chain!
- Building A Night Garden
The week before last I was lucky enough to attend Custom House’s Grand Designs convention, wherein over a thousand different exhibitors displayed a range of new products, techniques and disciplines, applicable not only to interior design and decoration but also (on a smaller scale) to horticulture and outdoor decoration.
- Gardening Around The World: The Top Ten Gardens To Visit – Part 2!
Continuing, as promised, from last week’s article which began this title race for, what could be considered, ‘the greatest garden design standing’, we now have for you numbers 6-10 of the premier league of horticulture. As with the first section, our aim has been to maintain the standard of excellence set by the likes of Chateau de Versailles, whilst also providing the most eclectic list possible, based on cultural difference and individuality.
- The Future Of Hemp
For much of the last century Hemp was vilified for its reputation synonymous with Cannabis, and, unfortunately, the fear campaign waged by western politics pigeon-holed a crop of high economic potential, as a dangerous and dissident drug. Aside from its superiority in the categories of durability, longevity and cost effectiveness, the hemp crop has one of the most varied lists of applications of any commercial crop. For example, hemp could be used as a component for rope, clothing fabrics and building, among other things. A recent study has even shown that the material can be used in vehicular construction!
- Rejuvenating Britain’s Heritage Crops
Some jubilation is in order, for recent news has been dominated by stories of a general revival of Britain’s agricultural heritage. In the 1970’s, EU regulations concerning the stringency of seed testing, and also the unprecedented rise in commercial and individual popularity of foreign produce, meant that many of our traditional varieties were no longer grown and indeed thousands became extinct. However, a recent relaxation in the rules, the devotion of a few to Britain’s ancient cultivars and, more so, a sudden surge of nostalgia for culturally specific species, has meant that many are seeing a welcome revival.
- Gardening Around The World: The Top Ten Gardens To Visit – Part 1!
As gardening is such a global pursuit, is important that those of us who hold an interest in horticulture should be encouraged to pursue the purveyors of the craft’s excellence – and to the ends of the earth if possible! With summer holidays approaching, we now have an opportunity to tailor any excursions we might be planning in order to realize this goal. So, we’ve compiled a list below, which in our opinion, best reflects the champions of green fingery around the world, based on the qualities of aesthetic, ambition, innovation and technique.
- Heirloom Plants-being Popularly Used To Grow Unique Plants!
It is a fun activity to indulge in gardening along with your family and friends at times. Whether you sow tomato .
- Flying The Flag
One of the major headlines that have dominated the domestic press runs this year has been Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne - a feat only achieved once before, by her grandmother Victoria. And her celebratory tour of the country, and, more particularly, her visit this week to our local borough of Bromley, has spurred us to write this piece.
A short time ago, in our review about the RHS London flower show, we talked about the value of natural screening in the garden and this week we wanted to devote some more time to the subject, and specifically the benefits of growing Bamboo. It’s a rare and wonderful plant that can engage you on multiple sensory planes, but Bamboo is one of them, as, aside from its obvious value for scale (due to a growth rate paralleled, in some cases, only by Knotweed!) and thus its ability to manipulate the allocation of light and shade in your garden, it is also wonderful for sound and movement.
- The Veg Of Tomorrow, Sown Today
Being the month of May, we each of us have an opportunity now to begin sowing new crops in time for a summer harvest, more specifically salad and vegetable crops that, weather willing, we’ll be able to enjoy with a barbeque come July. Aside from the satisfaction of raising your own dinner, home growing holds the added of appeal of financial gain - though sometimes less reliable, growing yourself will always be cheaper, not to mention far more sustainable, when compared with retail shopping.
- Some Fine Ferns
Ferns are something of a British institution, being one of the most common members of most of our forest and woodland based eco systems. Ferns are also an extremely diverse family of plants, as they can be suited to a variety of different weather conditions and situations, and varieties can be found for virtually any garden. In this piece we’ll be discussing a small selection of varied ferns that can be raised in the domestic British garden and the conditions required to ensure they maintain good health.
- RHS Cardiff Show
A couple of weeks ago began the years first major garden show, courtesy of the people of Cardiff and of the RHS and the Cardiff Flower Show is as much a celebration of the beginning of spring, as it is of the advancements in horticulture and breeding over the previous year. This year the show has expanded to accommodate the growing interest it has received from the local public, namely by introducing two new floral marquees and a host of different garden motifs. This year’s show has also continued the six years young tradition of being more inclusive to younger generations of gardeners through its wheelbarrow exhibition competition, which every year awards one Welsh primary school with an accolade based on the voting preferences of the public who visit the show.
- The Return Of The Butterflies
You may remember some time ago we published an article covering the necessity of a healthy butterfly population to the British ecosystem, that due to particularly rainy summers and springs, their numbers had been dampened because a lack of hospitable breeding grounds. However, their recent resurgence has dominated the news reels of late and apparently it’s down to the unusually dry early springs we’ve experienced during the last two seasons (current conditions excepted!).
- Choosing A Lawnmower
While mowing the lawn may seem a mundane and at times trying task, it needn't be. Indeed the maintenance of a fresh, emerald swath can be extremely therapeutic, provided you have the right tools for the job, however, it can also be a real pain in the neck if you find yourself ill equipped. Therefore, we're devoting a piece directly to the appropriate lawn mower for any domestic site or grass type, and weighing their relative pros and cons, such as cost, efficiency and longevity.
- Saving Watery Habitats
As is discernible from the recent press coverage they have been receiving, not to mention initiatives such as Lodmoor and Radipole Lake Reserve in Dorset, reed banks are becoming an increasingly threatened biosphere in Britain. In fact, in a recent new release, the publication ‘Southern Farmer’ stated they are currently the fastest disappearing microcosm and that one of the key factors contributing to this decline is the lack of maintenance that garden ponds’ natural counterparts are receiving, hence the impetus for projects like Radipole Lake that are essential to protecting wildlife, such as the Bearded Tit, and its natural ecosystem.
- The Ides Of Spring
Due to the uncharacteristically wet springs we have suffered in recent years (although not so much the early part of this year), our blossom trees have suffered accordingly - an unfortunate and somewhat alienating side effect, seeing as the common cherry blossom symbolizes for many the dawn of spring. Blossoms, aside from signalling the beginning of the new flowering season have maintained many different alter egos among different cultures and civilization, including that of mortality due to their fleeting life cycle and their pre-emptive appearance to the birds of spring and other accompanying wildlife. In Japan, the common cherry blossom is synonymous with clouds and is thought to symbolize this ephemeral quality of life, in fact it is so highly respected for its iconography that the Japanese hold an annual festival celebrating it. The festival, known as Hanami, is one of the eldest in the world, with its core principles thought to have originated in the 5th century AD.
- Lawns In Spring
If winter be our great discontent, then spring is the time of great uncertainty and none in recent memory has proved this the case more righteously than the one we are currently experiencing. So far we have seen several late frosts, one of the longest droughts in recorded history and now a somewhat welcome rainy spell. However, what this equates to is a great deal of risk for the delicate areas of gardens, roots can freeze and die, and high winds can destroy those bloomers that the drought fooled us into exposing. However, this week we are discussing lawns, the basic maintenance tips during such an unruly April, and whether turf really is the better option over seed.
In recent memory no genus has seen such a spike in popularity as the Rhododendron. Although it has become a widely cultivated plant in the British Isles, the Rhododendron is endemic to the Himalayan ranges of Nepal where it is the national flower. This species also includes the cultivar known commonly to gardeners as Azalea, and is one of the most aesthetically diverse shrubs you can cultivate in Britain.