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when it rains it pours... and then what?

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 16:47

Another unexpected turn in our UK climate - virtually no rain for 2 months has caused some chaos. Last weekend the heavens opened, but that may have lulled us all in to a false sense of security. We can't stress enough the importance of watering to avoid garden failures and disappointment. We have been implementing a lot of watering systems and further water saving solutions in case of a hosepipe ban. Because we build the gardens that we design we can fit a simple irrigation system retrospectively. If you have had a garden designed and constructed by us then we will already have a system plan on file for you. If you are about to or are considering having your garden constructed by us then effective watering solutions can be implemented as part of your garden plan. 

 

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a backstage pass at your fingertips

Friday, May 6, 2011 - 18:12

Interested in garden design and wanting inspiration? This year, for the first time, the RHS is publishing an exclusive Insider’s Guide to Chelsea – as an iPhone app. The app will provide you with complete multimedia coverage of the show – from the moment the designers start creating their gardens to sell off – delivered daily to your phone. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the inside track – all produced live by the RHS at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show for just £1.19. Go to http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2011/Chelsea-iPhone-app for further content and to link in.

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sun shade

Monday, May 2, 2011 - 19:12

Sun too much? Get in touch for solutions to sitting out, safely and happily. http://hendycurzon.co.uk/category/image-galleries/portfolio/garden-buildings-structures

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feeling sentimental? ...plant the Will & Kate Rose

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 17:11

In celebration of the wedding the new roses will be launched at Chelsea 2011. Roses will be available to order from www.davidaustinroses.com in May and will be dispatched ready for winter planting. 

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slug salad?

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 20:08

How about Hostas? They don't have to be a midnight feast for slugs & snails and you don't have to be fearful of growing them. Hostas are hardy and easy to maintain, and most importantly they are fabulous sculptural plants. To set them in a contemporary context grow them in groups of just one type then plant them in matching zinc planters.  To deter pests line the rims of the planters/pots with copper tape (available from any garden centre). Make sure you cross over the tape to allow for shrinkage (even the tiniest gap will be an open invite for slimy pests).

Line the top of each pot or planter with matching pebbles or shingle. Don't place too near walls or else some crafty snail will just bypass all your deterrents and slide down onto your planter like its a dinner plate. Keep your Hostas watered, place in partial shade... enjoy.

Our top Hostas are Elephant's Ear & Blue Mouse's Ear. Useful contact http://www.mickfieldhostas.co.uk/ 

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