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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 …

Bring some zing into your borders with euphorbia

These beautiful and useful foliage plants add structure and texture to the garden. Their exotic-looking foliage creates a lush tropical feel to planting and many varieties have bright acid green flowers in spring and early summer that add a bit of zing to a border and beautifully compliment purples and blues. There are many varieties to choose from, whether for height or ground cover, sun or shade. Here’s my pick of the best. E. characias wulfenii This is probably the most popular euphorbia. Its stems of bluish green leaves (up to 1.5m high) provide year round rounded structure to the garden and look great with silvers and purples. From March it comes alive with with blowsy lime green flowers that perfectly complement blue and purple plants such as Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ or alliums. It will tolerate some shade but prefers a sunny spot and is pretty drought tolerant once established – perfect for a gravel or Mediterranean garden. E. characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is a more compact version of wulfenii – growing to around 50cm. Good …

Grow your own fresh herbs

There’s nothing nicer – or healthier – than cooking with fresh herbs picked from your own garden. Most are easy to grow and look fab, whether in borders, containers or raised beds. Mediterranean varieties prefer sun and free-draining soil – add coarse grit and organic matter to clay soil. Others, such as coriander, mint and parsley are happy in some shade, with plenty of moisture. Here’s some to try: Mint. Great in herbal teas and summer drinks, with roast lamb or in Middle Eastern dishes, mint is a great herb to have in a pot outside the door – it can be invasive in a border. As well as spearmint and peppermint, there are masses of different varieties to try including large woolly leaved apple mint, lemon mint, pineapple mint, and chocolate mint – nice in puddings! It Iikes rich moist soil and can tolerate shade. Keep picking it to encourage growth and divide it when it’s outgrown the container. Thyme An incredibly attractive and useful herb, this is a fab choice for a pot …

June Magazines Out Today!

I am delighted to say that our June magazines are back in print and being distributed today.  It is lovely to get back to some kind of normal.  If you don’t receive your copy through your door, your an always read them right here.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine.  Please do free free to share them with your friends and family. This month Jill Orr who set up Buy Them A Coffee gives us the background to her wonderful initiative helping the staff at Kings.  Suzanne James is back with a wonderful recipe for scones, perfect for Afternoon Tea.  Janine Winlaw tells us about growing our own fresh herbs, that is definitely one I will be reading. Local photographer Julia Hamilton took to the streets to photograph our High Street Heroes; do take a look and no doubt you will recognise some of our wonderful shopkeepers. Link Age Southwark have just achieved a top quality standard award.  Fantastic news after how they have adapted their services to …