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  • Watching B-movies in lockdown

    Watching B-movies in lockdown0

    There’s a buzz in the garden in Surbiton this weekend as visiting bumblebees queue up to enjoy our flowering bottlebrush plant. When the callistemon is blooming and the sun is shining, the pollen collectors are out in force… often hanging upside-down on the flower heads – presumably because the species originated in Australia. No lockdown

  • Squires garden centre to reopen

    Squires garden centre to reopen0

    Disappointed gardeners who turned up at Squires in Long Ditton yesterday (Wednesday) expecting staff to be welcoming them with open arms (at a safe distance of course) will be pleased to hear the garden centre in Woodstock Lane North will reopen tomorrow (Friday) from 11am. The government gave permission for garden centres in England to

  • Florist still delivers joy in lockdown

    Florist still delivers joy in lockdown0

    Here’s something to gladden the heart. A bouquet from Surbiton’s Holly & The Ivy florist. Holly McLoughlin is still busy creating beautiful bouquets in her Hook Road shop to deliver to KT, TW and GU postcodes. “We are still very much open for contactless deliveries and will be delivering flowers on Tuesdays, Fridays and some

  • Sunray litter squad hit jackpot

    Sunray litter squad hit jackpot0

    Congratulations to the litter-pickers of Surbiton’s Sunray estate for landing a £3,000+ grant from the council’s neighbourhood committee to embark on a major project to clear their cluttered and fly-tipped alleys and service roads. The Sunray and Egmont Community Residents’ Association has been awarded £3,090 to tackle the issue of antisocial dumping in the maze

  • Make a stunning mini garden

    Make a stunning mini garden0

    Learn how to make a stunning mini garden in a goblet or bauble. This fully-guided workshop will teach you how to make a succulent terrarium. All materials including plants and tools will be provided and at the end of the session you can take home what you make. “Terrariums are little ecosystems encapsulated in glass containers,” said

  • If you want ‘wow’, embrace the bishop

    If you want ‘wow’, embrace the bishop0

    Take a look at your garden on this late autumn day, and be honest. Is it a place of floral beauty and delight? Does it make your heart soar with its vibrant colour and interest? Or could it be that a few well-chosen flowers would make all the difference? November is not the best time

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