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Useful i-phone and i-pad apps for gardeners

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Getting the weather right is a must for keen gardeners. So a good app for the i-phone or i-pad is a really useful tool.

I’ve experimented with a few apps and the one I tend to rely on more than anything is WeatherPro.

It’s provided by the MeteoGroup in Germany and has excellent Apple ratings. At latest inspection it costs around £2.39 to download onto your i-phone. You can also see it at

WeatherPro provides you with local weather reports across the forthcoming 7 days and uses straightforward symbols that even I can understand!

You can review the weather reports on multiple cities across Europe and Globally in your “Locations” store.

The summary report provides you with the overall weather for the day, average temperature, hours of sunshine, the likelihood and degree of precipitation, and wind speed and direction.

Clicking onto any day’s reports unfolds a breakdown of the likely weather pattern  throughout the day.

Watch WeatherPro’s video from U-tube…..

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To download click on the App Store icon on your i-phone or i-pad and search for WeatherPro.

Watch out for more i-phone app tips, and do let us have your thoughts on other i -phone apps you feel are a must for keen gardeners.

Neighbourly love!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I spotted this wonderful piece of topiary the other day!

Situated along the Hadlow Road a giant peacock sculpted from a huge hedge sitting between two semis.

This is a brilliant demonstration of neighbourly cooperation. Well they say birds of a feather flock together!

I think the neighbour who got the rear end of the bird is particularly cooperative!

If you’ve got some interesting topiary you want to share do send a reply together with photos. You can post it here or email us at

Are we set for colder winters?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

If so should we be thinking of new strategies to cope with our gardens?

With the high snow falls and consistently low temperatures we witnessed last December it’s not surprising questions are being asked.

Some believe that as the globe has become warmer this has contributed to colder and more extreme UK winters.

Historically UK winters have been milder than other countries on the same latitude due to the effect of the Gulf Stream.

But the melting and erosion of the ice caps in Greenland could potentially shift this.

Whilst this maybe an interesting theory, the last three colder winters for us, have also been colder in other parts of the Northern hemisphere, and these countries would not be protected by the Gulf Stream.

Whatever, if we all thought that with global warming comes the promise of more tropical gardens and less hardy plants then we may need to rethink strategies, and also plan for greater protection come the winter of 2011/12.