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I have been pleased with our attractive flowering heathers, those which bloom during the winter.
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Steve Amos from Petersfield and his daughter Harriett (seven).  Picture Ian Hargreaves  (170743-1)

HAYLING ISLAND: All the results from the summer horticultural show

Last week’s heatwave took its toll on the roses and sweet peas being nurtured by exhibitors for the Hayling Island Horticultural Society’s Summer Show, but nobody would have known.

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The dreaded blackspot on roses is back with a vengeance

BRIAN KIDD: Let battle commence – with the curse of the black spot

There were several queries about roses in this week’s postbag. It seems blackspot has made an early appearance.

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Rhododendron Naomi

BRIAN KIDD: How to save a rhododendron and a list of jobs for the weekend

Our gardening guru delves into his inbox and then sets you some tasks...

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Gardening: 5 of the best greenhouses

Gardening: 5 of the best greenhouses

We look t five of the best greenhouses

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Left to right: Louise Moreton, 39, with pupils Keira Hall ,10, Keiran Robbins, eight, Ruby Ogden, eight, and Dylan Warner, nine. Picture by:  Malcolm Wells

Pupils dig deep for a starring role on Gardeners’ World

Green-fingered youngsters at a Fareham primary school featured on BBC2’s Gardeners’ World.

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Now's the time to give your heathers some TLC so they will thrive next year

BRIAN KIDD: Spruce up your heathers now to cheer your garden in winter

I have been pleased with our attractive flowering heathers, those which bloom during the winter.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Elderflower cordial recipe

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Elderflower cordial recipe

Here’s a recipe from Clare Seek, of Abundance Portsmouth, for delicious elderflower cordial from locally-collected flowers.

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Now's the time to stop cutting asparagus       Picture: Shutterstock

BRIAN KIDD: Advice about new lawns and a weedkiller

Our gardening expert tries to solve readers’ problems and compiles a to-do list for you to carry out in the coming days.

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(L-r) Gabrielle Jones , Alanna Lee, Ian Jones, Richard Lee and son Jacob, 14 months  Picture: Habibur Rahman

Stansted Park garden show pulls in 17,000 visitors

GREEN-FINGERED gardening enthusiasts flocked to an annual show to see products and plants and pick up tips from horticultural experts.

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Autumn Bliss raspberries

BRIAN KIDD: Help! I’ve got maggots in my raspberries

Our gardening expert sorts out your problems and sets you a to-do list for the week ahead – the busiest of the year

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: An update from the Friends of the Rock Gardens

SOUTHSEA GREEN: An update from the Friends of the Rock Gardens

The gardens have suffered from sea water floods. Plants below flood level have not prospered.

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Rambling rose New Dawn - old, perfumed and rampant.

BRIAN KIDD: Rusty roses? Here’s how to stop the rot when it gets hot

My word, you do enjoy growing roses. At our allotment store several people have been buying Epsom salts and rose fertilisers.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: We need a water wizard

SOUTHSEA GREEN: We need a water wizard

The sun’s back but we are so pleased to have had rainfall too, even though we still have dodgy water butts.

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Yes, this really does work

BRIAN KIDD: Can I really drown slugs in beer?

Our popular gardening expert dips into his inbox to answer your queries and goes on to give you a list of jobs for the coming week

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Shading, feeding and a regimented watering regime will help grow tomatoes like these.

BRIAN KIDD: My top tips for totally tasty toms

We must consider whether to shade tomato plants in the greenhouse.

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Carnations

BRIAN KIDD: Gardening galore for the long weekend

Our horticultural guru answers your questions and has plenty of jobs for you to get on with

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A collection of well-filled containers need not be expensive

BRIAN KIDD: A mixture of pinks, blues and greys for container elegance

Containers add character to a garden. They need not cost the earth because if the right plants are chosen the sides of the container are hidden within a month of planting.

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WATCH: ‘I couldn’t believe it’ says woman who grew a pineapple in Gosport

IT had sat – resolutely not fruiting – in her conservatory for 10 years.

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Bidens aurea
- great for hanging baskets.

BRIAN KIDD: What on earth is that on my grandson’s apple tree?

Our gardening expert answers your horticultural queries and sets you a to-do list for the coming week

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