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For sale: JM Barrie's magical Scottish lodge - Telegraph.co.uk

For sale: JM Barrie's magical Scottish lodge - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Best Plants For Summer Fragrance

Best Plants For Summer Fragrance | Gardening | Scoop.it
Scented Plants In the Summer Garden Most gardeners rate colour as most important thing in the summer garden; that’s why seasonal bedding plants are so popular. They provide the colourful flowers we crave in pots and containers, beds and borders. But what about scent? For me the fragrance of flowers...

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To  me  there  nothing  like  a  scented  garden  to  bring  your  senses  alive.

Whether  its orangey   smell  of  the  Chiosa  or  the  very  fragment  aroma  of  the  roses  with they  open.  

Here  are  a  couple  of  ideas    to  add  your  flower  beds   

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Looking for the best plants for summer fragrance? Here are our favourite scented garden plants to help fill your garden with beautiful summer evening scent.

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To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers | Gardening | Scoop.it
  Place a flexible plastic trunk guard around the bottom to shield the bark from inadvertent damage.Photo: YouTube.com Like the skin of the human
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In  my  line  of  trade,  this  tip  will  definitely come  in  handy.

I  often  see  trees  wounded  by  these   strimmers.

When  I  look  after  a  client's  lawn  I always  use  the  long  arm  flat  shears  to  go  round  the  base  of  the  tree  as  well  as  the  edging  shears.

Then  I  hand  weed   and  pull  out  the  weeds  using  a  small  fork  as  any  heavy  forking  will  damage  the  roots,

For  the  use  of  herbicides  pick  carefully   as  you  will  end  up  poisoning  your   tree  as  well  

For  more  information  about  My  services  check  out  -  http://spencerrichard01.wix.com/rs-gardening-service ;

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Brits believe a neat and tidy lawn is the biggest benefit of LazyLawn

Brits believe a neat and tidy lawn is the biggest benefit of LazyLawn | Gardening | Scoop.it
Brits have proved they’re a nation of garden lovers, after citing a neat and tidy lawn as the most important factor that would influence their decision to have an artificial lawn.
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Being  a (Brit)  Myself  and  (b)  a  Lawn man   I  will  disagree  with  this  article  as  I  will  and  always  prefer  the most  natural  lawn  against  the  Lazy  lawn  cause;-

(a)  Drainage  -  with  Lazy  Lawns  the  water  has  nowhere  to  go  and  will  accumulate   always  at  the  lowest  point. 

With  grass  or  turf,  the  water sinks  into  the  earth    instead  of  flooding  our  drains  

(b)  The  texture  of  grass  is  less  coarse  than  Lazy  turf  and  kinder  to  the  skin  

(c)  It's  more  environmentally  friendly  

 

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Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape 

Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape  | Gardening | Scoop.it
Rose gardening expert Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian" shares sustainable landscape roses that will stand up to the Alabama heat.
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One way to replace a tired old lawn #LawnCare

One way to replace a tired old lawn #LawnCare
KNOW & TELL: Who said you can't have a luscious green lawn in a time of drought? This man is running a successful business painting brown lawns green.
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This  old  post  from  Facebook  still  astounds  me  the  things  you  will  do  for  a  perfect  lawn.

Luckly   for  us in  the  uk  we  don't  have  that  severe  weather here  but  saying  that  this  year its  pretty  dry  with  the  good  old London  clay  baking  in  the  sunshine . 

We  still wouldn't  go  to  that  extreme  though maybe  astro  turf   or  just  replace  it  with  a  bed  or  two  

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Why its important to stay hydrated in the heat #gardening #health

Why its  important to  stay  hydrated in the  heat  #gardening  #health | Gardening | Scoop.it
Even avid gardeners wilt during the summer. Working in the heat and humidity can be almost unbearable. The best way to enjoy your summer garden is to sit in your favorite chair indoors and gaze at it through a window...
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Good  sound  advise here.

I  always  wear  a  cap  especially  in  the  heat  to  protect  me  from  getting  sun  stroke. 

But  alas  with  my  trade I  tebd  to  work  all  through  the  day    so  working in  the  morning  only  isn't  an  option.

Another  thing  you  got  be  careful  off  is  working  when  its  cloudy  as  this  can  give  you  miss  interuption.

The  Sun  may  not  be  out  but  the  ultra  violet  rays  can  still  piece  the  clouds  and  raise  the  temperature  up   a  notch  so  stay  covered  up  or  put  sun  lotion  on  exposed  on  especially  with  the  the  threat  of  skin  cancer  from  sun  bathing  now   

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Dying trees may force a new outlook on irrigation during drought

Dying trees may force a new outlook on irrigation during drought | Gardening | Scoop.it
The needles on the redwoods that welcome visitors to Griffith Park have faded to brown over the last two years. Laura Bauernfeind has watched the trees slowly die and workers eventually arrive, chain saws buzzing, to fell the husks one by one.

Via American Grove, Kim Frye Housh
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An  Interesting  insight  into  the plight  of   Urban  trees  in  America.

It  seems  ironic that  no  long  ago  the  forestry commission   produced   a  same  report  some  months  ago  about  the  plight  of  our  urban  trees  in  here  in  the  UK.

Saying  that  our  oaks  trees  will  be  replaced  in  future  with  Redwoods  from  America.

Now  America  is  facing  the  same  crises  as  we  are  

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How to grow: aquilegia

How to grow: aquilegia | Gardening | Scoop.it
Carol Klein on a plant that looks like a ship's figurehead
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Believe  it  or  not  these  plants  ie  the  native  species  is  very  easily  to  grow.

Best tip  is  to  collect  the  seeds  before  they  pop  when  the  seeds  heads  are  brown   and  sow  directly  into  seed   trays or  pots  and  place  in  a  unheated  greenhouse  or  cold  frame  -  (  if  it  works  for  nature  it  should  work  for  you  

But  be  warned  these  seedling  won't  produce  the  plant  that  you  collected  it  from   but  its  native  colouring   that  might  be  paler  

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Coral Gardening - Recreating the ocean's lifecycle

Join Anuar Abdullah in Coral Propagation workshop during MIDE 2015.13 and 14 June 2015 at MIDE Seminar Room from 10am –12 pm. Interested participant ...
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How can we help the bees?

How can we help the bees? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Most of us know that bees are in crisis, but confusion reigns on the causes - and the answers.
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I am  all  for  to  protect  our  bees  from  being  poisoned  but  the  big  culprits  are  the  farmers  not  the  general  public.

As  a  gardening  nation  we  thrive  to  get  the  benefits  of  these  beneficial  insects  to  pollinate  our  flowers  to  produce  stunning  displays  and  regeneration  of  next  year  growth   naturally  so  by  poisoning  our  plants  with  insecticide  that  can  harm  the  bees  will  be  absolutely  pointless.

Many  insecticides  specify  that  not  spray  whilst  the  bees  are  around 

And  this  stupid  scheme  of  labeling  plants  with  markers  saying  this  has  been  sprayed  with  insecticide  is totally fool hardy and  waste  of  time  as  must  sprays  are  used  during  the  flowering  stages    after  they  have  been  planted   and  not  before  

The  answer  is  the   first  paragraph  of  the article  "Modern farming leaves little room for wildflowers, so there is far less food for bees;" & . Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides, which are usually applied to crops as seed coating"

Stop  blaming  the  public  for  killing  of  the  bees   


Here  is  an  interesting  article  from  across  the  golden  pond  ie  #USA  about  the  Box wood  blight.

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The Impatient Gardener: A MACHINE THAT MAKES YOUR LAWN LOOK BETTER QUICKER

The Impatient Gardener: A MACHINE THAT MAKES YOUR LAWN LOOK BETTER QUICKER | Gardening | Scoop.it
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This  is  the  new  hi-tech  that  flooding  the  market  in  the  #USA .

I  came  across   this  several  months  ago   when  the  new  flex  came  out  on  the  market. (  a  combo  system  very  similar  to  all  the  combi  multi-systems  on  the  market  except  that  you  have  attachments  like  lawn  mowers   leaf blowers  etc)  

My  self-haven't  got  the  combi  system  I  prefer  the  one  tool  at  the  time  to  do  the  job   I  can  see  the  benefits  of  those  systems  but  when  you  looking  at  the  the  price  of  these  machines  set  against  the  price  of  attachments  its  self   it  well  above  the  budget  of  any  home  owner  and  only  suitable  for  parks  amenities   

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Willows Hedgehog Rescue Bromsgrove Worcestershire - Wildlife Gardening - Willows Hedgehog Rescue

Willows Hedgehog Rescue Bromsgrove Worcestershire - Wildlife Gardening - Willows Hedgehog Rescue | Gardening | Scoop.it
Making a Space for Nature & what's best is most things can be done for FREE! Gardening for Wildlife A lot of wildlife has come to rely on our gardens as home, foraging ground and refuge and this includes our native European Hedgehog where now it would seem the majority...
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Great  advice  on  how  to  encourage  HedgeHogs  back  into  your  garden.

 

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Enviromat - Sedum Matting Blog - Green roof maintenance tips

Enviromat - Sedum Matting Blog - Green roof maintenance tips | Gardening | Scoop.it
If your living green roof is to look good and perform well, it needs a little bit of TLC a couple of times a year. In this blogpost we look at the basic essential green roof maintenance tasks.
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Good  advice  on  how  to  keep your  living  roof  green. Like  all  living  things  they  need  that  extra  care  attention.

You  got  to  have  to  go  up  there  and  sort out  the  drainage  and  weeds  as  well  feed  it .

These  aren't  just  a  plant  and  forget   

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Insect Repellent, Gardener’s Nail Brush and Hand Soap & Seed Saving

Insect Repellent, Gardener’s Nail Brush and Hand Soap & Seed Saving | Gardening | Scoop.it

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How to get rid of greenfly on roses

How to get rid of greenfly on roses | Gardening | Scoop.it
Ghastly greenfly and their effects on roses can be stressful during summer - read our guide to find out how to control them
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Since  the  warm weather  is  upon  us  now  is  it's  time  to  treat  your  roses  from  on  coming  pest  like  Black  fly  green  fly  and  aphids. All  are  sap-sucking  insects  that  inject  their  proboscis  into  the  plants stem.

When  I'm  out  on  a  job  with  RS  gardening  Services   -http://www.RSGardenCareServices.co.uk    always  use  the  I.P.M  method  on  my  clients  roses  with  good  results  as  I  mentioned  in  my  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/ ; in  which  i  cover  the  whole  subject  completely   

Though  when   this  article  just  covers  the  simple  way  to  do  it  -  there  is  extensive on  going  research  into  this  subject  like  giving  them  too  dextrose  so  that  can't  ingest any  sap  and  die  of  of  starvation  as  explained  here  "The first is that sap has a very high sugar content, and therefore a very high osmotic pressure” she says. Aphids transform much of the sugar into long chain oligosaccharides to overcome this, otherwise they could lose body water to the gut as they feed. Indeed, treating aphids with an inhibitor of the sucrase enzyme, essential for oligosaccharide production has a dramatic effect: the aphids actually shrivel as they feed, losing body water to the gut. This discovery has applications for pest management - the aphid sucrase enzyme could be a suitable target for specific inhibitors that would abolish its dual role in osmoregulation and carbon nutrition of the aphid." source  http://www.sebiology.org/publications/Bulletin/October05/Plant-aphidinteractions.html ; another  method that  is  pipeline  is  mycrobiology  using  a  bacteria  to  fight  aphids  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905126/ ;

As  you  can  see  a  lot  of  has  happened  since  my  post  a  last  yr  on  roses  

 

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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Nine landscaping, gardening skills to pick up to save money - Christian Science Monitor

Nine landscaping, gardening skills to pick up to save money - Christian Science Monitor | Gardening | Scoop.it
Love the outdoors – and your backyard? Learn these nine skills to not only make your lawn and yard beautiful, but also to save you money.
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What is Grey water & Can I water my garden with softened water?

What is  Grey  water  & Can I water my garden with softened water? | Gardening | Scoop.it
In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm gives her advice for gardening dilemmas. This time: will softened water harm plants?
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In  times  of  deep  drought  like  places   in  America  this may  be  the  only  way  forward  if  you  want  to  look  after  your  plants 

Even  over  there  they  are  using  a  by filtering  system.

So  What  is  grey  water  

Well  grey  water  is  simply  any  waste  water  from  the  kitchen ie  washing  machines  and  wash  basins  (  take  in  the  fact  any   food  waste  is  removed  first ) according  scientist  grey  water  is  ok  for  a  short  time   only  after  that  it  best  to  go  back  to  hard  water.

As  this  article  said  soft  water  can  be  used  safely  but  only  in  moderation  

 

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The Impatient Gardener: MY FAVORITE NO-FAIL, WAY-TOO-EASY GROUNDCOVERS

The Impatient Gardener: MY FAVORITE NO-FAIL, WAY-TOO-EASY GROUNDCOVERS | Gardening | Scoop.it
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To Me , all  gardening  is  all  trial  and  error  that  what  makes  it  that  enjoyable.

If  it  was  that  simple  then  it  would  be  dull and  people  would  lose  interest.

Whether  you  choosing  a  shrub  or  a  plants  like  the  Ground cover  ones  mentioned  here   you  actually  don't  know  whether  its  going  to  survive  or  not  like  the  case  of  thyme .

The  only  problem  with  ground  cover  is  that  it's  terribly  evasive and  need  to  be  put  in  check  every  now  and  again  especially  if  you  use  amongst  the  other  plants  peri winkle  is  a  good  example  that  spreads  like  ivy.

 

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A coffee addict’s guide to the universe

A coffee addict’s guide to the universe | Gardening | Scoop.it
Who drinks it, how we drink it, which coffee has the most caffeine, why most people are drinking it at the wrong time, and much more.

Via Kim Frye Housh
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I Don't  know  about  you  but  I  like  a  nice  coffee  to  start  my  morning  ~  But  too  much  has  the  opposite  effect  on  me , I  very  seldom  drink  tea  (  ask  my  clients )  So  I  tend   to  ease  of  the  coffee  in  the  evening  too  and  drink  the  decaffinated  blends  but  having  noticed  the  increase  of  prices  lately  i  might  have  to  rethink my  beverages  as  coffee  is  now  becoming  a  luxury.

Here  in  the  UK  we  are  regarded  as  tea  drinkers  so  it  not  surprising  that  we come  low  into  coffee  drinkers   

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Soil fungus leads to higher rice weevil populations

Soil fungus leads to higher rice weevil populations | Gardening | Scoop.it
A fungus in soil has shown a surprising connection with the main insect pest of rice, the rice water weevil, according to an LSU AgCenter entomologist.

Mike Stout, speaking at the Evangeline Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day on June 9, said the fungus, called mycorrhizae, is found on plant roots and helps a rice plant with the uptake of potassium and phosphorus.

He said a doctoral student, Lina Bernaola, is conducting a study of rice plants inoculated with the fungus. So far, the inoculation has resulted in larger populations of rice water weevils. “We were surprised to see a negative impact making rice more susceptible to insects,” Stout said.

Via Jean-Michel Ané, Kim Frye Housh
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Interesting  insight  into  the  most  difficult  pest  to  get  rid  off -  Could  this  also  be  the  cause  of  our  lilly  beetle  and  vine  wevil    problem too  

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Tomato MD identifies what's ailing your plant

Tomato MD identifies what's ailing your plant | Gardening | Scoop.it

More than 40 million home gardens will be going in this spring and nearly all will have a tomato plant of some variety -- heirloom or hybrid. Discover what's bugging them with this app.


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HOW TO IDENTIFY WHAT GRUBS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LAWN AS PART OF THE IPM TREATMENT

HOW  TO  IDENTIFY  WHAT  GRUBS  YOU  HAVE  IN  YOUR  LAWN  AS  PART  OF  THE  IPM TREATMENT | Gardening | Scoop.it
White grubs are the white, soft-bodied larvae of several scarab beetle species, including European chafer, Japanese beetle, May/June beetles, Asiatic garden beetle, and Oriental beetle.  They have a brown head and six well-developed legs.
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Here  is  an  excellent  guide  from  the  university  of   Maine  in the  USA  about  how  to  recognise  what  type  of  grub  is  chewing  up  your  lawn.

Apart  from    their  natural  predators  like  crows  and  ravens  we  have  over  here  in  the  UK  & from reading  about  your  trouble  with  racoons  and  other  mammals  that  like  digging  your  lawn  up  looking  for  their  tasty  treat  these   grubs  are  no  1  enemy to  lawns 

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Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight

Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight | Gardening | Scoop.it
Landscapers should be on the lookout for early signs of blight. At least some telltale signs of the disease most likely were present when these boxwoods were
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Here  is  an  interesting  article  from  across  the  golden  pond  ie  #USA  about  the  Box wood  blight.

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Plants dying? Grass wilting? Find a fix on the web.

Plants dying? Grass wilting? Find a fix on the web. | Gardening | Scoop.it

If you want to be a green thumb but don’t actually like getting down and dirty in your garden, just let the web do the work.


Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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After  reading  this  article  from   CTV.It   seems to  me   to  be  that  this new technology is taking  out  the  fun  and  all  the  guess work  out  of  gardening.  with  that  our  brain  gets  lazy.

Maybe  its a  way  forward  but  is  it  a  step  back   

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Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com's comment, June 1, 9:41 AM
There's really no substitute for getting out there and examining, caring, etc. for your plants yourself. Hopefully these apps will be used as tools and not substitutes for the real thing...
Richard Spencer's comment, June 2, 3:51 AM
From my experience the best way forward is to combine both - ie your kowledge and know how with high tech. I recall a tv show some while back ( at the dawn of the GPS where a orienteer used both methods to get to the finishing point .
Richard Spencer's comment, June 2, 3:55 AM
continued ... He first used the gps that took him only a few feet from the finishing line then he used both map and gps to get him there ... even the satnavs have their weakness when new roads are built or developments are built
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National Gardens Scheme Festival: top gardens to visit

National Gardens Scheme Festival: top gardens to visit | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our guide to the latest crop of NGS gardens, all open for the first time next weekend
Richard Spencer's insight:

With  Chelsea  over  and  Hampton  court   just  over  the   horizon ~ The  National  Garden  Society  has  decided  to  open  all  its  members  garden  to  the  public.

Here  you  get  to  exchange  views   and  ideas   on  what  grows  best  nativately  without  the  glamour of  the  flower  shows 

The  Telegraph  here  has  choosen  a  few  of  the  main  big  ones  around  the  country  but  Many  more  can  be  seen  locally  just  by  going  to  Library and  getting  a  leaflets 

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