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Philip Voice
Piis, near Monflanquin France
Interests: gardening, outdoors, wine, history, golf, photography, walking, football, landscape structures and architecture
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The star of the Victorian Kitchen Garden, Harry Dodson is to be buried in Blackmoor church yard. Some twelve years after he died, aged 85, Harry is effectively coming home to Blackmoor after living there as a child. Harry is famous for his role as the head gardener at Chilton Foliat where the BBCs Peter Thoday followed his progress throughout the year cultivating vegetables, fruit and flowers in an old walled garden, just like the Victorians would have done to provide for the gentry in the big house. Sadly, after he died, Harry Dodson's ashes remained with the undertaker but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Landscape Juice
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It is a topic that divides opinion within the landscape profession. Is it right to work in a customer's garden over a holiday weekend? Let's start with a few facts. Spring is the busiest time of year for gardeners and landscapers. Gardens are just awakening from their winter slumber, grass is growing at a pace....weeds are too. For a professional gardener, taking time off during this busy period is not always an option. Miss a scheduled visit and it's hard, not only to get a garden back into shape but also to get schedules back on track. The physical stress... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Landscape Juice
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New report from the Royal Horticultural Society highlights the challenges and opportunities of gardening in a changing climate The quintessentially British lush, green lawn could become a thing of the past; gardeners in the north could enjoy a longer growing season and plant pests and diseases not yet established in some areas of the country could become commonplace; these are some of the findings of a new report from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and leading academics into the impact of climate change on gardening. Called Gardening in a Changing Climate, the far ranging report looks at both the impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Landscape Juice
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Butterfly numbers are falling in towns and cities, as home owners turn their front gardens into driveways. Applications to pave over front gardens for parking have soared by almost 50 per cent in two years, devastating the flowers and bushes that butterflies rely on for survival. Charity Butterfly Conservation says the loss of gardens, along with pollution and development, has caused 25 butterfly species to decline faster in urban areas than the countryside. Research published by Direct Line last month showed successful applications for lowered kerbs to create driveways have risen by 49 per cent between 2013 and 2015, with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Landscape Juice
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The north American raccoon, an Asian hornet and an American cabbage are among 37 invasive species that will be banned from being brought into the UK from Wednesday when a new EU regulation comes into effect. The continent-wide rules now make it illegal to import, keep, breed or grow, transport, sell or use, or release into the environment without a permit the listed invasive, non-native plant and animal species. But the ban will no longer apply when then UK leaves the EU. The 14 plants listed include the American skunk cabbage, which has invaded Scottish marshes and wiped out all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Landscape Juice
It's actually the lid off of an aspirin container
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2016 on Silver cap? at Perigord Vacance
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18 per cent of UK agricultural businesses have utilised drone technology and they are being used to survey fields, distribute pesticides and some farms have even started to use them in place of a sheepdog. The agricultural robotics and drone market is expected to be worth $10bn (£7.54bn) by 2022. Since the early 1990s, Japan has been using unmanned helicopters to spray rice fields and autonomous drones have also been providing detailed aerial photographs and video. This can be of benefit to farmers for collecting data, reviewing crops as well as in agricultural land sales. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Abu Ward ran the last garden centre in war torn Aleppo. He was assisted by his devoted son Ibrahim. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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What's the gardening equivalent of a soggy bottom? Gardener's wilt, perhaps? As the garden world gets ready for another Gardeners' World makeover, I'm wondering if it's really possible to replicate a cooking format on a gardening show? The biggest problem I can see is that gardening cannot be rushed.....and telly audiences like a bit of action and excitement. Yes, of course, one can do a garden makeover in a weekend and that makes for interesting telly. It's thrilling to see how a landscape can be so dramatically changed in such a short space of time. But watching grass grow can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Exposure to neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops has been linked to long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published today in Nature Communications. The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology using data provided by Fera Science Ltd and the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Scheme, examined changes in the occurrence of 62 wild bee species with oilseed rape cropping patterns across England between 1994 and 2011 - the time period spanning the introduction of wide-scale commercial use of neonicotinoids. The scientists found evidence suggesting that neonicotinoid use is linked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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A data breach at large UK software company Sage may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses, it is understood. Police are investigating the breach and Sage is probing the "unauthorised access" of data by someone using an "internal" company computer login. The information was accessed at some point over the past few weeks. It is unclear whether it was stolen from the FTSE-listed firm, or merely viewed. The company, which provides business software for accounting and payroll services to firms across 23 countries, says it is taking the breach extremely seriously. The police are investigating and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Natural England issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent damage to young pheasants. In a statement on its website, Natural England says: "The licence is time-limited with stringent conditions and is based on the law, policy and best available evidence. It follows rigorous assessment after other methods had been tried unsuccessfully over a 5-year period. It is stipulated that the licence must be used in combination with non-lethal measures and only on buzzards in and immediately around the animal pens - not on passing birds. These conditions are designed to make the licensed activity... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Britain's construction industry suffered its sharpest downturn in seven years last month, according to another business survey on Tuesday which suggests the economy is at risk of recession after June's Brexit vote. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) inched down to 45.9 in July from 46.0 in June -- the lowest reading since June 2009 and some way below the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction. While better than all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists that pointed to a reading of 43.8, the PMI -- collated entirely after the June 23 referendum -- showed commercial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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The world's largest passenger liner has just docked in Southampton after sailing in from France in advance of its inaugural voyage to Rotterdam. It is a vast ship boasting a crew of 2,100 crew. It can host 6,780 guests. From a plant lover's perspective, the Harmony of the Seas takes parks and gardens to a new level. On board there is an impressive 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants, and 52 trees. I'm supposing that there are also huge beds and borders with soil and compost deep enough to support the roots of these plants? What a great initiative. Imagine sitting... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Are you dying for a new patio this summer? Maybe you're not but literally thousands of Indian quarry workers are due to silicosis in the production of natural stone products. Adults and children, some as young as twelve, are working in unsafe conditions. Rina Chandran reports that in the Indian state of Rajasthan there are up to one million workers suffering from "silicosis or other respiratory diseases". "Although there is no comprehensive data, hundreds, possibly thousands, have died of silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by long-term exposure to silica dust given off in the mining and processing of sandstone... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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About 15 years ago I bought shares in a British technology company. This company was developing software that is actually part of today's digital world. The problem is the company in question was ahead of its time and was poorly run. As a listed company there was an easy route at the time to raise funds through share placings. I built up a modest holding. The shares went up and I could have paid off my mortgage. I was 35 years of age. I didn't sell. I bought more as I was (wrongly) believing that the share price would go... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Landscape Juice
Alicia What plants do you have in your hedge?
Toggle Commented May 3, 2016 on How to cut a hedge properly at Landscape Juice
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This post was prompted by the news that the topiary at Avebury Manor is being pulled out because a savage attack of box blight which has destroyed much of the historic hedging. Two years ago - almost to the day - I purchased 8 box balls and 35 box hedging plants and duly planted them as a border around a newly created border. (Image right: an infected box ball shortly after planting - click to enlarge) It was a very dry spring so I watered copiously to make sure the plants established themselves. Even though I had very good air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that plant gasses possibly dampen the temperature rise in Greenland. Plants emit compounds to deter pests or attract pollinators, and as a side effect particles are formed when the compounds interact in the air. These particles can contribute to the formation of clouds, which reflect incoming solar radiation, and thus prevent solar heat from reaching the ground and warming it additionally. Researchers studied the effect of the imminent climate changes on the release of so-called “biogenic volatiles” to the atmosphere above Greenland. The study of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) is in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Landscape designer Phillip Johnson has teamed up with the creators of the 5000 Poppies Project to showcase a vast tribute of almost 300,000 handcrafted poppies at 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 24-28 May 2016. The display will honour all servicemen and women who have fought across all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the last 100 years. Phillip Johnson’s design for Chelsea will incorporate a selection of poppies from 50,000 contributors from across the globe. The design features a simple central geometric installation, complemented by more than 25,000 stemmed poppies extending into the lawns of the Chelsea Hospital. Overall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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A captive breeding programme that has tripled numbers of lynx in Spain over the last 15 years may now be followed by the reintroduction of the lynx to the UK after an absence of more than 1,000 years. While the return of a major predator worries farmers, the tufty-eared cat is proving a major hit with others in both Spain and Germany, writes Fergal MacErlean. In 2002, things were looking bad for the Iberian lynx. Once widespread in Portugal, Spain and southern France there were fewer than 100 adults left - all in southern Spain - and only 25 breeding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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There appears to be something brewing at Marshalls. That is if the company share chart is to be believed. On the 9th September 2015 Marshalls stock price peaked at 370.80p. As of yesterday, albeit with some minor rallies along the way, the value of Marshalls' shares has plummeted by a £1.00. That's a drop of over 27% in just under 5 months. This is odd if you take into consideration the rake of recent broker recommendations rating Marshalls as a buy. Only yesterday. Peel Hunt reiterated its positive stance calling Marshalls a buy, with a target of £3.55 (that's 28%... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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(image: flooding at Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens) Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden Creator, Anthony Tavernor said: "The garden sits down in the valley so a huge amount of water came down from the fields like a tidal wave, devastating everything in its path,". "I'm just devastated. This has been my life's project - my purpose in life - for the last 20 years and I live and dream it, "It's everything. I'm so emotionally involved with the garden. We've had so much support from people since we put the pictures on our Facebook page. It's almost like a bereavement." From the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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How to chop, stack and dry wood...doesn't sound interesting, does it? Well you'll be surprised because a book on this very subject - Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way - is selling like hotcakes. In fact, it's doing so well that Radio Four is featuring is as 4's Book of the Week over Christmas. In Norway it is on the best-seller list (selling 300,000 copies a year. It's been translated into 10 different languages. A review on Amazon: "First things first, I really enjoyed this book and I would thoroughly recommend getting a copy. I found... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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London's visionary Garden Bridge has been saved in an 11th-hour deal that slashed £20 million from the cost to the capital’s taxpayers. Talks between Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan, Lambeth council leader Lib Peck, Transport for London and the Garden Bridge Trust reached a dramatic breakthrough that will allow work to start on schedule next year. The key was a cut in funding provided by TfL, from £30 million to £10 million. The other £20 million will be loaned by TfL if needed, and ultimately funded by the private sector or future revenues. It lifts a shadow from the £175... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Landscape Juice