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  • Plants stolen from pocket park

    Plants stolen from pocket park0

    Thieves scaled a fence and stole these newly-planted geraniums (pictured) and begonias from a little piece of heaven by the Thames. Julian Meers, chair of the Queens Promenade Friends, was dismayed to find that the pocket park opposite Raven’s Ait had been ransacked. “The park has been successfully created over the last year by volunteers

  • 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

  • These days it’s all about containment

    These days it’s all about containment0

    Nothing gives a lift to a garden like a well-planted container; better, a group of containers, and at this time of year instant impact and colour is what’s needed. Sadly, a pot is not a plant’s natural habitat, so give the precious darlings a sporting chance by following some simple advice. Firstly, choose wisely. Vigorous

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