Gardening

Wild about flowers

The spectacular drifts of wild flowers at the Olympic Games site in 2012 helped make popular the idea of wild flower meadows. Paul Jupp told the November meeting of Laverstock Gardening Club that getting wild flowers to grow in gardens is not easy. He described...

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Mower went out to mow

Mower man Chris Riley is scything the western section of Shreen Meadows, Warminster, raking off cut grass to benefit wild flowers and is inviting residents to 'have a go', watch, or do a bit of raking up. "I am an experienced scythe instructor and will have equipment...

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Summer Garden Trends 2017

The UK is experiencing its hottest summer in decades. In fact, when the season officially began last month, reports from ITV specified that the peak temperature recorded was almost 34deg. C. All throughout the summer, the UK is expected to have much warmer...

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Clean sweep for city

Salisbury’s streets are in for a good dressing up after the recent assets transfer from Wiltshire Council to the city council. A new cleaning and weeding regime has begun in advance of the formal exchange and a ‘Love Salisbury’ will ‘continuously improve local...

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Town tackles balsam

Himalayan balsam is threatening the upper reaches of the River Stour – Stourhead, Silton, Milton, Peacemarsh and Gillingham. Now, the town council is working in partnership with Bourton Wildlife and Habitat Group, Dorset Wildlife Trust and landowners to help control...

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Bee a friend of the Queen Mother’s Garden

A small group of volunteers, who include the bee campaigner Brigit Strawbridge, has taken responsibility for the planting and upkeep of the Queen Mother’s Garden at Shaftesbury. Brigit, well known from the television series It's Not Easy Being Green, said: "Our aim is...

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49 years of service to the City

Salisbury City Council has bid a fond farewell to Senior Grounds Operative Bob Skutt who retires this week after 49 years of service to Salisbury’s parks and green spaces. Bob joined the then Salisbury Corporation on the 18 April 1966 as a labourer. He then worked his...

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Joe really stole the whole show

Orchard Park opened its doors to a very special guest - one of Europe’s top floral artists Joe Massie. Joe is just 26 and already has a number of prestigious awards and accolades under his belt, including winning five gold medals and four ‘Best in Show’ awards at the...

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Value the garden

By Charlie Graham, Partner at Rural View   Very often, in our rounds of property market appraisals, we come across something that can truly be described as a ‘gardener’s garden’.   Quite simply, it’s a stunning garden, beautifully-designed and full of variety and...

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We love the summer

By Sarah Milne   July is often one of the hottest months of the year and the perfect time to enjoy your outside living space and garden.   Make sure you keep plants well watered, using grey water such as bath water or washing up water where possible, and keep an eye...

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It’s show time for gardeners!

By Sarah Milne   May is a marvellous month ... the garden is blooming, plants are beginning to flower and show their true colours - and it’s Chelsea Flower Show, May 20-24.    All of us may not have award-winning gardens, but our outside space is beginning to come...

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