Gardening

WEST STOUR VILLAGE PLANT SALE

Visit West Stour Plant Sale from 10am to noon on May 4 at Church House in the centre of the village. Usual extensive selection of bedding plants and perennials is on offer. The Village Hall is open for refreshments, cake sales, and a raffle. Parking is in a nearby...

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It’s that blooming time again

National Trust garden teams in the South West go out into the gardens on Monday, February 11, to count blooms for the annual Valentine’s Day Flower count. Spring is just around the corner and winter is on its (br)exit. But there’s some confusion in the flower world:...

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Gardening advice to achieve year-round colour

Gardeners should set up their garden by planning ahead for the changing of the seasons and choosing a combination of plants to ensure year-round interest. Alasdair Urquhart, in-house plant expert at Haskins, recommends the top five plants for year-round interest:...

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How Brits are switching energy to save costs

Innovations in both energy markets and the way consumers throughout the world engage with energy suppliers have created an environment of change. In the UK specifically, Britons are making moves to switch energy providers at a higher rate than ever before. There are...

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Snowdrops show signs of Spring

The snowdrop is the first flower of the year to show its nice white blooms. Often the snowdrop blossoming is a sign that Winter is transforming to Springtime. Therefore the snowdrop symbolizes hope, the hope that this Winter will finish too, that new warmth will enter...

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Horatio’s Garden weekend of celebration

Horatio’s Garden Annual Food and Plant Fair is on Sunday, June 17, from 11am to 3pm at Horatio's Garden Salisbury (Salisbury District Hospital). The free fun event last year attracted more than 1,400 visitors. Celebrated garden designer Cleeve West, who designed the...

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Waste not?

From April 2017 to February 2018, more than 28,000 tonnes of garden waste were collected from over 82,000 households in the Wiltshire Council area. Subscriptions generate about £3.9 million which covers the cost of the collections. Garden waste collection...

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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...

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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...

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