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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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(Image: Before planting - rustic wall using reclaimed tile and stone) With the ubiquitous nature of social media it's very easy to spot trends developing within landscaping. Where once one had to rely on trade magazines featuring projects, it is now possible to see projects develop on a minute by minute basis as landscapers and garden designers post images and/or video, to Facebook and Twitter etc. Art and design has been plagiarised forever and it's not necessarily a negative thing. In today's fast media world I'm certain that visual media is an acceptable form of sharing good ideas and I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Landscape Juice
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A Landscape Juice investigation has revealed that Amazon.co.uk openly advertising the banned herbicide Sodium Chlorate on its website via its sellers. Landscape Juice was first made aware of Sodium Chlorate being sold as a total weed killer on Amazon on the 6th July 2014. Sodium Chlorate – a non-selective weed killer - was banned across Europe in 2009. We then purchased a one litre bottle to inspect the product and then contacted Amazon on the 14th July 2014. We were told by a Executive Customer Relations manager that the seller would be investigated. "I can confirm that our sellers are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Landscape Juice
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What I have noticed is that resin jointing products' popularity is beginning to wane, with complaints about the look of the joint after a short time after work is completed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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The Governor of the Bank of England says that UK interest rates 'will need to start to rise' in the coming months. However any increases will be 'gradual and limited'. The official bank interest rate - set by the Bank of England - has been at a record 0.5% since March 2009. The minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting - held 9 - 10 July - confirm that a UK interest rate rise is getting ever closer. Rates are expected to start rising in early 2015. However, some economists put a 40-50% chance on rates rising before the end... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Landscape Juice
It's a tragedy to see such beautiful show garden trees at Hampton Court wasted in this way. Lazy & thoughtless! pic.twitter.com/4VYlCioIhV— David Dodd (@Doddster1970) July 16, 2014 I've always been very careful about the way I promote show gardens. One the one hand I see them, quite rightly, as a way of advertising skills, creativity and expertise but on the other hand, I've been acutely aware of the waste generated when a show garden is demolished at the end. It's often a comfort to see trees and plants sold off at the end of a show knowing that, at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Using the internet is now officially as popular as reading a newspaper, says Ofcom. Some 41% of people say they now access news on websites and apps, up significantly from 32% in 2013. Forty percent say that they read newspapers to follow the news, which is unchanged year on year. Also, the internet has overtaken the radio (36%) to catch-up on the news. Sixteen to twenty-four year olds are driving the surge in consuming news on the internet or apps, with 60% doing so in 2014, up from 44% last year. Some 45% of 16-24s said that websites or apps... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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I kind of discovered Cleome late in life. Cleome hassleriana (spider plant) is a plant that tolerates dry conditions, therefore it's a favourite here in south west France. If you're keen you can grow Cleome from seed and if you're lazy or don't have the facility, you can purchase plants. However you can also easily grow Cleome from soft/semi-hardwood cuttings. I'm so surprised that there appears to be no advice on this anywhere. Of course to take a cutting, you need a plant in the first place. I bought three small Cleome in mid-April and planted them directly into soil... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Over the weekend I decided to conduct a little experiment. I've been on Twitter for quite a while so I thought check out some of my oldest buddies, right at the very beginning of my list. I then un-followed Twitter buddies I no longer considered to be of relevance to me. Un-clicking some of my list was easy. I knew immediately that the account I was following no longer held an appeal for me. It also became apparent that some of the people I was following had either never followed me back or had un-followed me long ago. For some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Why not join the Great British Bee Count and help build a nationwide picture of bees’ health. There’s currently no accurate picture of the condition of bees in the UK. We know that bees are dying, going hungry and becoming homeless. One of the UK's buggest problems is the loss of vital habitat - with 97% of wildflower meadows have disappeared in the past 60 years. Already more than 20 species of bee have become extinct - and more than a quarter are under threat. We can all do something. TBees provide an essential link in our food chain -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Modern Deck by Boston Architects & Designers Flavin Architects Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Do you hate leaving your garden for any length of time when the plants are in active growth? How many gardeners, every morning make a coffee and walk into their garden or terrace before I do anything else, look at their plants to see how they are doing? Some days it's possible that some plants have put on several centimetres of growth overnight. Thunberbia alata (Black Eyed Susan) for example, grow rapidly. Perhaps putting on 5cm or more in a single day. Thnubergia are also known as the clock vine because their twinning shoots only spiral around their support in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Although not a primary target, Kew was bombed during the 2nd World War. Plants, library books and scientists were sent to safe areas of the Kingdom so as to protect Kew's priceless and irreplaceable plant collection. Whilst male gardeners were re-directed to other aspects of the war effort, many women were drafted in to keep Kew Gardens operational. A depletion of scientists and big changes at Kew meant big challenges. Kew wasn't just a major plant collection and many important experiments were done there to find ways of using plants and plant material in aspects of material production. One example... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Flies and maggots might seem a nuisance and unwanted visitors to our dinner tables but in the not too distant future they could become an important part of our natural food chain. It is widely accepted that the best eggs you can eat are from free range chickens. Free range birds wander around picking up flies, insects, grubs and larvae. It's all part of natural food production. With estimates predicting that the world needs to increase its food production by 70 percent by 2050 in order to serve a global population of nine billion, insect farming on a commercial scale... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Who'd have thought it? The young are said to be taking up gardening in their droves, spending their time in front of the potting station instead of their Play Stations. The Mail reports that a survey carried out by Lloyds Bank Insurance reveals that people in their twenties like nothing more than pottering in their gardens. Not just a women's pastime About six months ago I was talking with a friend (no names mentioned) whom I'd occasionally swap plants with. She happened to mention that her husband (also my friend) didn't get involved with the gardening because he thought plants... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Professional gardener and garden designer, Helen Reeley, is holding a second Flower School at Frithsden Vineyard. Attendees will benefit from professional advice and tips on how to plant up and care for baskets, tubs, troughs and also have a go at planting in an alpine sink. Pop along if you want to have learn have some fun in beautiful surroundings. Booking essential. Call Helen on 07708 643313 or email: helen@reeleylandscapes.co.uk - 7th June 10.00am-1.00pm Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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When the news broke back in September 2013 that Gavin Jones and Norris & Gardiner were to merge, I mentioned to an industry colleague that this, in my view, was a precursor to a full-blown takeover. Some seven months later, it has been confirmed that Norris & Gardiner has been absorbed into the Gavin Jones' group. There's nothing surprising in the deal really. Businesses grow and evolve whilst others determine their exit strategies. It's a natural organic part of any economy - and exactly what I did in 2004, when I sold my landscaping and maintenance company. I wouldn't be... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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(image: Rich colours from Stoke on Trent) You’d be justified, walking down the main avenue at Chelsea Flower Show this year, for worrying that there’d been a terrible accident at the nurseries. All the flowers have been destroyed, except the blue, yellow and white ones. That’s certainly the feeling I had yesterday as the same palette repeated itself on Hugo Bugg’s RBC Waterscape Garden, Tommaso del Buono’s Telegraph Garden, Luciano’s Giubbelei’s Laurent-Perrier and Adam Frost’s Time to Reflect. I could go on. A few poppies in No Man’s Land and black irises in the paean to Swiss pine, The Extending... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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This is according to a new study in the journal Physica Scripta, which has used statistical models to show that removing snails out of the garden by a distance of over 20 metres or more is just as effective as simply killing them. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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The Wipers Times was produced from 1916 until the end of the First World War, after Captain Fred Roberts – an officer from the Sherwood Foresters – found an old printing press in a barn close to the Front Line. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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An exhibit at this year's Chelsea Flower Show 2014 is to include oversized models of pests which threaten the UK, including Asian longhorn beetle, Oak processionary moth and the symptoms resulting from Fuchsia gall mite. These invasive pests can kill plants and trees or weaken them, making them more susceptible to harmful diseases. The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), supported by Department for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs (Defra), Forestry Commission, Scottish Government and Border Force have created the exhibit, called Plants Need Passports Too, to demonstrate how pests and diseases can be unintentionally introduced into the UK, and aims... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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The obsession with watering our gardens during periods of dry weather is a myth, according to a new study. A team of researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, Southampton and Lancaster found that 38% of 1,802 people they surveyed have nothing to water in their gardens at all. Just under 18% hope for rain while seeing the garden as a place under development. These people were less likely to see their garden as an outdoor living area, but tended to tidy-up in springtime. A further 18% were classed as casual and see their garden as a place for flowers... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Aspirin is being hailed as a new wonder treatment for preventing blight in tomato and potato. However, the use of aspirin in horticulture is far from a new discovery. Salicylic acid - the active ingredient in aspirin - is also the active ingredient in rooting compound and is derived from the bark of the willow (Salix) and poplar (Populus). Dipping a cutting in rooting powder to prevent the cutting rotting-off before it has chance of throwing out new roots? James Wong as championing the use of salicylic acid to prevent blight when wet and humid conditions are forecast. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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A wild flower display in Guernsey will form a summer-long tribute to those who died in the First World War. The scheme, called Flowers of Flanders, will be unveiled on the 10th May by the island's Governor Sir Peter Walker. Plants include birdsfoot trefoil, germander speedwell and the famous red poppies, Papaver rhoeus, species that were all growing in Flanders 100 years ago. (image: Linda Laxton inspecting the wild flowers prior to the unveiling of Flowers of Flanders) Linda Laxton of British Wild Flower Plants, who has supplied over 1,000 odd plants and seeds, explained: “These are the plants that... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
I'm sure you've all heard that Apple is building a new office building? Dubbed the Spaceship, it's not only the curved glass architecture and space-age design that will make Apple's new office stand out. Landscaping of the 176 acre park will be one of its defining features. Apple want to make the outdoor working space as important as inside so a man-made forest of some 7,000 trees will be planted either within the enclosed circular centre piece or around the outer perimeter of the building. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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I'm putting together a series of simple Google maps that will help businesses (and consumers) find resources local to them. Using a single forum page linked to a Google map, I've started building what will become a very powerful series of quick-to-view nationwide maps for finding machinery dealerships, green waste disposal sites and builders merchants. Would you like to add your business? Email phil@landscapejuice.com. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice