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Count the Painted Lady butterfly

It seems that we are heading for a mass influx of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) over the next few weeks.  Although we get these butterflies regularly during the summer months,...

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Gardeners can play a part in Citizen Science

One of the surprising things to pop up in the Genus garden lately was a bright shiny green beetle that was all over the sage and lavender bushes.  Curiosity peaked, and when we Googled “shiny green beetle” we...

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June and July celebrate the rose

It’s the end of June and we are getting excited about Hampton Court Flower Show which starts soon.  One of the specialties of the show is...

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Brightly coloured flowers affect mood

The concept of colours influencing our moods has been around for a long time. If you are interested in learning about popular interpretations of different colours with a view to designing your garden, you may find these examples...

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Flowers out of season: Daffodils in December, Magnolia in January

The British winter this year has been warm as well as wet. October, November and December have all been unseasonably warm. October was around 0.5 degrees warmer and was also a drier than average month, but November and December broke...

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Urban harvest: Gardeners share their bounty

The autumn this year is turning into a long and colourful affair. The flowering season in the Genus garden still continues into October and some of the fruit trees, particularly...

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Gardeners Grow Wild flowers!

Just like ourselves in the Genus garden, we know many gardeners who spend a lot of time choosing flowers they hope are going to perform really well in the conditions...

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Nettles: the new must-have garden feature?

Traditionally thought of as weeds, nettles are apparently receiving a warm welcome in some gardens. One online nursery is now selling nettles for £7.99, claiming that all of their initial stocks have been exhausted by eager shoppers.

It...

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