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The RHS is calling for keen amateur garden photographers to enter their best snaps in the RHS Photographic Competition, open until the end of February.
Calling All Garden Photographers
Among nine categories you can enter are one specifically for youngsters under the age of 18, and the Greening Grey Britain category to support the charity’s campaign to transform neglected spaces into flower-filled havens. There’s also a category for wildlife in the ga...Read more...
This year’s autumn colour display has been pronounced ‘beyond spectacular’ by one of the country’s leading autumn gardens, the Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
‘The arboretum always colours well, but this year I’ve noticed certain individual trees that are looking beyond spectacular with intensely bright colour,’ said director of operations Stuart Priest.
At Stourhead in Wiltshire, famous for its autumn displays, acers, tul...Read more...
Store your surplus maincrop carrots to keep them in good condition for eating later in winter.
Store Carrots for Eating Later in Winter
Seasoned veg growers sow two types of carrot: sweet, tender early carrots which mature in double- quick time to pull fresh and eat straight away, and slower-maturing maincrop varieties to harvest all at once in late autumn for winter stores.
Main crop carrots include some of the most delicious varieties there...Read more...
Planting trees can cut urban air pollution by up to 24% according to a new study by US think tank The Nature Conservancy.
Researchers measured microscopic particles of pollution near trees and compared them to particulate counts in areas where there were no trees growing. They found levels were between 7% and 24% lower near trees. The study also found that trees caused a ‘cooling’ effect, reducing air temperatures nearby by up to 2°C.<<span class=more>...Read more...
Results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are in – and the majority of butterflies are continuing to struggle with populations of most species falling, and some at their lowest numbers since the count began.
Big Butterfly Count
More than 36,000 people took part in the count this year, spotting about 390,000 butterflies over the three-week recording period in midsummer.
The Gatekeeper, Comma and Small Copper butterflies experienced their wor...Read more...
Force Witloof chicory in the dark for one of the most delicious gourmet treats of the winter veg garden. Witloof chicory produces torpedo-shaped pale yellow ‘chicons’ or chicory hearts in just four to six weeks after harvest. They add crunch and sophistication sliced sparingly into winter salads, or if you want to tone down the bitterness even further, try braising them gently in the oven with shallots and thyme.
Sow your chicory in e...Read more...
As winter starts to bite, it’s time to batten down the hatches and make sure the garden is shipshape ready for the bad weather to come. Here are some of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.
- Wrap tender plants with hessian wrapped around a thick layer of straw to protect stems from frost damage.
- Plant bare-root hedging as soon as you get saplings home: if it’s too wet or frosty, heel them in temporarily till co...
The new cosmos variety ‘Cupcakes White’ has won the People’s Choice Award following a summer of trials at RHS Garden Wisley.
New Cosmos Variety
More than 1000 members of the public voted for their favourite from more than 85 different varieties, on trial to mark the Year of the Cosmos in 2016.
‘Cupcakes White’ has a unique flower shape with its petals fused together to form a cup. It has an elegant, pure ice white colour, with some flowers blu...Read more...
Plant blueberries in containers ready for a bumper harvest of mouthwatering slatey-purple fruits next summer. Blueberries make fantastic ornamental shrubs as well as adding to the fruit harvest: as well as white blossom in spring and those gorgeous fat berries, the foliage turns vivid red each autumn before it falls.
They do however need very special conditions to grow well. In the wild, blueberries grow in swampy American and Scott...Read more...
To create a beautiful garden with year-round appeal it’s essential to pick the best plants, and few celebrate the seasons more than colourful cornus. Commonly called dogwoods, these reliable and hardy shrubs provide a luscious leafy backdrop to summer flowers. As a final fanfare their foliage is transformed into a rainbow of colours through autumn before fluttering away to reveal brilliant wand-like stems.
This seasonal transformation is just the start...Read more...
The most expensive Halloween pumpkin in history has weighed in at a record-breaking 1,333.8lb (605kg) – the heaviest pumpkin ever grown outdoors in the UK.
A Pricey Pumpkin
The pumpkin scooped first prize for biggest outside grown pumpkin and second prize overall at the 2016 Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton.
The pumpkin was grown from the world’s most expensive pumpkin seed, bought by seed merchants Thompson & M...Read more...
A small town in Northern Ireland has been crowned Britain in Bloom’s 2016 Champion of Champions. Ahoghill in County Antrim was one of only six areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the category.
Britain In Bloom
Another competitor in Northern Ireland, Castlecaulfield in Ulster, was a joint winner of the Best Village award with Elswick, Tyne and Wear. Coleraine, also in Ulster, won best Large Town. Best Small Town was Freckleton, Lancashire, a...Read more...