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When rainfall becomes scarce

Whether you are growing plants in pots or in the ground watering is an essential part of summer gardening. When rainfall dries up you’ll need a strategy on how and when to water.

Watering is an essential and life dependent part of gardening in the summer. Water is vital to hydrate plant cells to aid plant processes including growth yet at the same time water is lost from the leaves. This is called transpiration. This means that plants rely on a good root system to constantly draw water from the soil. 

Find out more about summer watering

rambling rosesCountry Gardener Advice

This is a new feature providing gardeners with help on a range of gardening issues, problems and opportunities.

This month these include growing a wild flower meadow and dealing with late blight.

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King of the soft fruits

Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:14

A single, well established healthy blackcurrant bush will yield 10lbs of fruit every year and will stay productive for 20 years. It is what makes it one of the most popular of all the soft fruits grown in our gardens.

Heavenly honeysuckles

Tue, 20/06/2017 - 11:19

Gill Heavens picks her favourite honeysuckles as she enjoys plants which provide form and structure in the garden throughout the year and bestow intoxicating beauty. 

Country Gardener Advice

Tue, 20/06/2017 - 11:09

Providing gardeners with help on a range of gardening issues, problems and opportunities.

More awards as Stewarts expand

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:24

Stewarts Garden Centres from Dorset have added another accolade to their impressive list of awards. The Dorset group with garden centres in Christchurch and Wimborne  have been rated the third best ‘Destination centre’ in UK and a centre of excellence.

10-a-day? No problem say Riverford

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:18

New research suggests we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help live a longer life. To many that may sound like a lot, but Devon organic farmers and local veg box delivery scheme Riverford believe not. 

Hare we go again!

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:30

 Giant hares are set to be leaping across the Cotswolds, as part of the new Trail Festival.

Eighty five-foot sculptures will be in place across 20 towns and villages, nestling in hotel lobbies, tucked into shop doorways or taking centre stage on high streets.

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

24 Jul 2016

Opening times

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

26 Jun 2016

Opening times:.


Event date
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 17:00
Pashley Manor Gardens Ticehurst East Sussex TN5 7HE United Kingdom


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Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections Selborne United Kingdom


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Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Broad Street, West Street, East Street, Alresford United Kingdom
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