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The Joys of Ornamental Grasses

Late summer is when many grasses come into their own, with golden seed heads shimmering and swaying in the breeze. They look great in big drifts, acting like a neutral foil to colourful late flowering perennials like echinacea, gaura, anemones, sedums and Verbena bonariensis. But they also work well dotted around smaller gardens knitting plants together and adding a naturalism, movement and texture to planting. Most grasses like sun and free draining soil though some such as anemanthele lessioniana and deschampsia thrive in semi shade. Here are a few to try: Tall and statuesque Miscanthus. Some of the best grasses for striking silky seed heads, they tend to flower late but make a real statement when they do. M. sinensis ‘Malepartus’ is a statuesque variety (2m) with a fountain of burgundy flowers, while M. Ferner Osten’ is slightly smaller. M. Adagio is a compact variety with a mass of shimmery silvery flowers. Stipa giganteum. This is a big statement grass, which throws its tall oaty flower heads high into the air – and is best …

Our September mags are out!

Our September magazines are being distributed today.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine on the right of this page.  Please do feel free to share them with your friends and family. All our regular columnist have contributed to our September issues including Suzanne James with a lovely autumnal recipe Crunchy Fruit & Oat Crumble.  Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw discusses the joys of ornamental grasses.  Becca Teers talks about gratitude amongst other things.  Pets Corner with Leonie St Clair discusses escaped birds. We have an update from Dulwich Hamlet Football Club as well as community news from local charity Link Age Southwark.  There is even an online Pet Contest to read about! This is just a selection of what is in store for you in our community magazines.  Please do take time to look at our advertisers.  They rely on local custom and need it now, more than ever.  If you do phone or e-mail someone after seeing their ad in any of the magazines, please do tell …

Dulwich Net Zero

In 30 years time all houses and flats in Dulwich will, by law, have to be Net Zero writes Andrew Cunningham. This means that all energy sources into our homes will need to be zero carbon and zero fossil fuel. 100% green electricity and 100% green hydrogen gas will be the only energy we will be legally allowed to buy to heat and power our homes. This is not a vague aspiration, it is set in law. Gas boilers are already to be outlawed in new build properties by 2025.  Green wood and coal can no longer be burned in open fires. The writing is on the wall. A zero carbon world is coming, whether we like it or not. This is a massive undertaking and will require huge changes in our homes and high streets as well as in the wider national infrastructure (more wind  and solar farms , nuclear power etc). Dulwich Net Zero is a group of people who will encourage each other to make these changes in their homes and businesses. A …

Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw

Plants adapted to climate change With summers generally getting hotter, it makes sense to use plants in the garden that once established won’t need regular watering. Beth Chatto’s gravel garden and the RHS Hyde Hall’s dry garden, both in Essex, are fantastic examples of drought-tolerant planting. This kind of planting is especially useful in front gardens that get watered less, or south facing gardens. Drought-tolerant plants often originate from hot, dry environments and have adapted in different ways to cope with the conditions. They also tend to like well-drained soil, so add grit or sand to clay soils. Grey or silver-leaved plants conserve water by reflecting the sun. Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s ears) with its woolly silvery low growing leaves is a lovely example of this (S. ‘Silver Carpet’ has smaller neater leaves than S. ‘Big Ears’). Convolvulus cneorum is a fab small evergreen sub shrub with shiny silvery leaves and masses of white flowers throughout the summer, and Ballota pseudodictamnus is a more unusual evergreen sub-shrub with rounded furry grey-white leaves. Sun-loving cistus varieties with …

August Magazines Out Now!

Our August magazines are being distributed today.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine on the right of this page.  Please do free free to share them with your friends and family. We know more and more businesses have now either opened or given the go-ahead to open, which is great news for the area.  The #eatouttohelpout scheme goes live on Monday 3 August and we have details of who is taking part in the area.  Click here. All our regular columnist have contributed to our August issues including Suzanne James working wonders with peaches.  Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw talks about plants adapted to climate change.  Leanne Spencer talks about exercise snacking.  Becca Teers has written a very interesting article on the cure for procrastination!  Pets Corner with Leonie St Clair highlights the lockdown and separation issues for pets and their owners. This is just a selection of what is in store for you in our community magazines.  Please do take time to look at our advertisers.  They …