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The city of Belfast is coming up roses this week

The city of Belfast is coming up roses this week as the nation’s favourite flower takes central stage for the annual Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Annual Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

The world-famous rose gardens in the park, already home to 40,000 roses, are playing host to thousands of visitors with a full programme of activities, including music and entertainment for all the family. There are bee walks, floral art d...

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Sow some late veggies

Sow some late veggies now to keep your harvest coming till well into autumn and early winter. Although you’re picking like mad right now as the harvest builds to a peak, don’t be too quick to turn your back on your seed packets just yet. Canny gardeners know that today's generosity will dwindle after a month or so and turn into the late

August doldrums if you're not careful, when all your summer veg start running out of steam and the pickings drop away ra...

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The UK’s first garden devoted to air quality

The UK’s first garden devoted to air quality has been planted at Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Local schoolchildren planted the 6m x 8m (20ft x 26ft) garden, set up by the universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds and funded by the White Rose Universities Consortium. It contains plants which are particularly sensitive to ozone and nitrogen dioxide pollution such as lettuce, wheat, clover, common milkweed and coneflowers.

All will be monitored througho...

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Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed

Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed to take them through the rest of the season in tip-top health. After months of non-stop growth, levels of essential nutrients like nitrogen for leafy growth, root-promoting phosphorus and potassium for flowers and fruits are in short supply. In confined spaces like greenhouses and containers feeding is even more critical: multi-purpose compost runs out of nutrients after about six weeks, so your plants become enti...

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Cannova

How it all began

Canna is originally a plant from the tropics. You can find this exotic plant species in the tropical and subtropical regions of the “New World” of Latin America and even further down south in Northern Argentina. Even though all botanic Canna varieties are originally from the “New World”, various varieties can now be found in almost all subtropical and tropical regions across the world, as they have followed mankind on its trave...

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Carnivorous Sarracenia plant on display in Scottish Highlands

The new Savage Garden just opened at Inverewe Garden in Wester-Ross, in the Scottish Highlands has many interesting plants on show. Chief amongst the curious specimens on display include plants that smell like urine, eat flies and sport twisted red tongues.

The garden showcases carnivorous plants including the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), whose diet consists of flies and small insects; the trumpet plant Sarracenia flava which uses the smell of uri...

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What to do in the garden in July

What to do in the garden in July

It’s not so much gardening as refereeing at this time of year: it’s a full-time job just keeping everything in order! Here are a few of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.

General tasks:

  • Go slug hunting on damp evenings just before dark and you’ll catch hundreds of the slimy critters. Dispose of them as you wish.
  • Before watering, loosen the soil’s su...
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A civil servant and an IT manager are among four would-be designers at RHS Hampton Court Flower

A civil servant and an IT manager are among four would-be designers getting the chance to build their dream garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show next month after winning a competition run by the RHS and BBC local radio.

 

Four winning designs for a ‘Feel Good Front Garden’ were picked from hundreds of entries across the country.

 

The winners include IT project manager Lee Burkhill from Manchester, whose design evokes...

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JULY – HTA PLANT OF THE MOMENT BRING IN THE BUTTERFLIES

Add a new dimension to your garden displays by not only planting colourful flowers you can enjoy throughout the year, but ones that will bring in the butterflies too. A wide range of bedding plants, perennials, flowering shrubs and bulbs produce the simple, open blooms that butterflies love.

These act like fuelling stations around our gardens for butterflies, moths, bees and other beneficial insects, providing them with the valuable nectar they need to feed o...

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Tackle perennial weeds

Tackle perennial weeds like bindweed, couch grass and ground elder weekly at this time of year, as the moment your back is turned they’ll take over your garden and swamp your precious plants.

These pernicious, fast-growing weeds are every gardener's nightmare, but it's a rare patch that doesn't have at least a few of them muscling their way through the ground here and there. Most of the time perennial weeds are quite liveable with – even those consi...

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