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…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 […]

‘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 […]

‘How to…’ Series #2: Start a Veg Patch

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July 20th, 2015 by

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!   Here’s the second in Oakleigh Manor’s latest series of blogs posts; the ‘How to…’ series, where we bring you top quality guides for you […]

‘How to…’ Series #1: Water Correctly

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July 7th, 2015 by

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! We promised you a few weeks ago, after the end of our immensely popular Garden Pests Series, that we would bring you a new series […]

OMHS Project Update: Garden Maintenance near Ashford, Kent

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July 6th, 2015 by

It’s been a while since we brought you a project update from Oakleigh Manor Horticultural Services, so here you go! They’ll be another from the works we are carrying out for the Environment Agency next week, but for now, let’s have a look in Brabourne near Ashford in Kent, where one of the OMHS in-house […]

Stormwater Disaster: Why Keep Excess Water Off Your Garden

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June 23rd, 2015 by

Stagnant water can suck out the life of your garden. Here at Oakleigh Manor, we know how garden drainage can be tedious, uncontrolled and downright disastrous. Stormwater Disaster During rainy seasons, some gardens suffer from storm water and puddles that can ruin the biotic components in it – plants and organisms alike. Too much water […]