Gardening

Balmy July

The long, warm, hazy days bring fields full of bright red poppies and verges dotted with ox eyed daisies; an abundance of flowering plants, swaying grasses, fragrant scents and wildlife to our gardens.

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Gardening

Rose scented June

Towards midsummer the evenings lengthen, days are warmer, the sun is shining, time to sit out and enjoy the garden.

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Darling Buds of May

With blossoming hawthorn, May has arrived. The days are longer and warmer, growth everywhere is rapid, wildlife fills gardens with frantic activity.

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April Showers

Lengthening days with showers and warm weather mean growth is rapid for both garden plants and weeds.

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Spring is on the March

March heralds the beginning of spring, days can be warm and balmy but the weather can also turn wintry, confusing and threatening to plants and wildlife.

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Gardening

February, winter's end

As the month of February progresses, daylight hours become noticeably longer, it may still be bitterly cold but temperatures can increase, and tentative signs of spring begin to emerge.

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Gardening

Gardening in the coldest month

In January the full force of winter is with us and the weather can restrict gardening. Wet and frozen soil is difficult to dig and cultivation now can damage soil structure, so it’s a month to consider the year ahead.

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Gardening

Chilly, crisp and dark - winter is finally here

December is a time for reflection. The bare bones of the garden are exposed. Few leaves and fewer flowers, allow the structural plants to dominate. Evergreen plants, strong winter stems and attractive barks can bring welcome colour to an otherwise quiet, grey scene.

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Gardening

Remember, remember...

The nights are drawing in, the days are often dull, temperatures are dropping, frosts sudden, gales and freezing rain possibilities, a challenge for both plants and wildlife in the garden.

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Gardening

Autumn in full swing

Autumn is now definitely with us, cooler days, misty mornings and mellow fruitfulness. Trees have begun to colour, turning brilliant reds, golds and browns. Fruits and berries are ripening on trees and hedgerows, a winter larder for birds and mammals.

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Gardening

Celebrate the Start of Autumn

The days are distinctly shorter and there is a chill in the air that is hard to ignore, but September should be a celebration for the start of Autumn in all of its glory instead of about mourning the end of Summer.

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Gardening

High Days and Holidays

While the city streets in August may be relatively quiet due to the summer holiday exodus, the garden is as busy as ever.

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Gardening

Lazy hazy days of July (part 2)

The summer solstice at the end of June has gifted us with up to 18 hours daylight each day to enjoy and so July is the month when a long, long, long list of plants are coming into their flowering own and savouring the long days as much as us humans.

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Imby

Forget AI, it's all about EI (Ecological Intelligence)

Personal Ecological Intelligence: imby is looking to reveal nature’s intrinsic connections in an urban environment, presenting these to a city’s residents in a way that provides an understanding of the world around them while providing the tools needed to engage.

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Gardening

Lazy hazy days of July (part 1)

The summer solstice at the end of June has gifted us with up to 18 hours daylight each day to enjoy and so July is the month when a long, long, long list of plants are coming into their flowering own and savouring the long days as much as us humans.

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Green Infrastructure

The new role of an urban ecologist

In the future, Green Infrastructure will play an important role in helping us ‘future proof’ urban developments against climate change, and the ecologist will play an important part in the process.

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Gardening

Bloomin' June

British Summer time is officially here, and the planted world in June is awash with as much sound, texture and colour as its human counterpart!

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Gardening

May your garden grow

It can be no surprise that May is the favourite month for many gardeners as the garden is still fresh with emergent growth and flowering promise and very little is in decline.

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Health & Wellbeing

Gardening as therapy: spend some time in the garden to improve your wellbeing

Research shows that getting out into your garden can enhance your creativity, reduce stress and is great for you in many other ways.

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Urban gardening

Love your scruffy edges

When thinking about gardening in urban spaces, don't forget that there is a community of wild plants out there looking for a home; a scruffy little patch where a seed can land and a wild plant can grow.

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Gardening

Spring forward to spring

The clocks have gone back fueling Spring’s leap forward, and the vivid fresh green tones of emergent foliage looks so delicious it almost makes the mouth water...

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Systems Thinking

Systems change starts in your back yard

Systems thinking shows us that the smallest of actions has a lasting effect on the world. And taken together, many small actions add up to great effect.

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imby

When the garden becomes your office... the joys of research!

Designing an app to help people tackle a completely offline activity like gardening creates a challenge for the imby team. User centred research helped us create the first version of the imby app and now we need to hear what you think of it - sign up for testing now.

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Gardening

Spring is here! Time to get out into the garden...

We have made it through the winter and spring time is officially here! Time to ease ourselves into the season of gardening ahead with just a gentle task or two.

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imby

Find your urban green space

It’s not all about gardens, it’s about how every space connects in an ecosystem - from window-boxes to Royal Parks, all urban green spaces are important.

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imby

Introducing imby – what can I do in my back yard?

imby was born from a simple question: as a city dweller who cares about the environment, what can I do to bring nature into the local, urban spaces in which I live?

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Wildlife Gardening

Slugs have feelings too

You’ll know you’re a real wildlife gardener when you can agree that “There are no pests, because everything in my garden is a source of interest and enjoyment”.

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Wildlife Gardening

A view from the garden - people and wildlife can coexist

A wildlife friendly garden can be a beautiful and functional space for people too - the distinction between the value of open spaces to people or wildlife should be removed.

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