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Tag Name: gardening

…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

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November 26th, 2015 by

All good things must come to an end. It is with a heavy heart that I have to reveal that today, Thursday 26th November, is my last day at Oakleigh Manor. I am moving onto pastures new and I am very excited about the next stage of my career. Having said that, the decision to […]

The Sublime Simplicity of Japanese Gardens Ideas

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November 23rd, 2015 by

If there is one thing that’s commonplace with homeowners, especially in the South-East of England, it is their adventurous nature regarding the décor of their gardens. It seems everyone has simultaneously agreed to take on worldly garden aesthetics. Myself included… There are homes with gardens that are largely influenced by Mediterranean themes, by the energy […]

Turning Japanese?

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November 16th, 2015 by

Anyone else a fan of the early-1980s new wave band the Vapors? Me too! I that case, I’m the song title which has been taken by the heading of this blog post brings back various memories for you. However, I won’t talk about the intricacies of 1980s music any longer, although I would like to! […]

Only 193 Sleeps ‘Til…

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November 12th, 2015 by

…the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016! With Christmas, all I seem to hear is “only x amount of sleeps until Christmas”, or other variants of the phrase. However, all the while I am excited for the festive period, duty calls first! And one of my duties here at Oakleigh Manor is to keep the Blog […]

3 Steps to Prune Correctly

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September 18th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #6: Prune with Effect You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading! Much like the hair on your head, plants grow. When your hair gets too long, you get a […]

Three Steps Towards Your Organic Garden

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August 24th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #5: Go Organic. It can be due to a number of potential reasons, but the view and perception of organic gardening being being a ‘fad’ could not be further from the truth. It could be down to the exposure we as gardeners have had to the – some might say ‘questionable’ – […]

5 Pointers to Keep Yourself Safe in the Garden

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August 10th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #4: Keep Safe. Safety is a key concept that is and should be championed in all walks of life. No matter what you enjoy doing, you should always do it safely to ensure you and/or others around you do not come to harm. The same principle is the same for gardening. It […]

Project Update: Hard Landscaping in Surrey

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August 3rd, 2015 by

We’ve brought you some project update blog posts recently from the Horticultural Services side of the company, but it’s been a bit of time since we brought you one from the Landscape Design and Build side of the Oakleigh Manor family. So here it is! We have been very busy in Warlingham in Surrey, with […]

‘How to…’ Series #3: Attract Bees

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July 27th, 2015 by

There perhaps may be a misconception about the bee, potentially due to the well-documented aggressive nature of wasps, their close relation and lookalike. Of course, bees aren’t the favourite of organisms to those who are unfortunate enough to suffer an allergy to their stings, but purely from a gardening perspective, they are an incredible ally. […]

Conquering Crabgrass the Right Way

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July 22nd, 2015 by

Warm weather is something of a rarity in this part of the world and people want to take advantage of the opportunity whenever it presents itself. The same, however, goes for plants, and their biological chemistry does a better job at this. The best example of such opportunistic tactics is the infamous weed that plagues […]