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We’re still in the hottest time of the year with temperatures bubbling up to ridiculously high levels. Is it hotter than last year? It certainly feels as if the world is heating up as parts of northern Europe saw record temperatures earlier in the summer that almost equalled our own. Our own Pete Siegfried has just come back from a scientific field trip to Greenland to study the effects of global warming on the ice formations there. His results make some sobering reading on page 42. We also welcome some new faces to the team and hardly any introduction is needed where David Domoney is concerned. Love Your Garden is the ITV show that’s drawing millions on a regular basis with co presenter Alan Titchmarsh. I’ve always been a fan of David’s style of presenting and his informative and interesting articles, so after several chats on the phone and meeting his team recently at Hampton, I asked if David would like to write a piece on the Mediterranean perspective in the UK. So a big thank you to David for spending his Sunday off from his busy schedule filming to get us this exclusive article. We hope to see more of David in our future issues. We bid farewell for now, to Kevin G Scales as he heads to pastures new and thank him for his wonderful articles over the years. I am hoping once he is settled in his new home in Madeira he might start writing some new content from that gardeners paradise where absolutely everything seems to grow! To fill this big gap we welcome Poppy Burr (I just love that name) who is a highly skilled and fully qualified medical herbalist. Poppy is going to teach us all about those plants that some of us call ‘weeds’ and offer an insight on how they might actually become your friend. And finally it’s high time we featured a regular ornithologist so we searched deep into Spain to find birdman Luis Alberto Rodriguez who shares his wealth of knowledge on what we might find in the skies above or in our gardens at various times of the year. You will notice we have featured some more gardens from northern Europe in recent editions and this will continue as with the probability of climate change happening, we want to highlight the fact that several species of plants more normally associated with the hot Mediterranean, are now happy settling in further north. On our recent trip to Hampton Court RHS courtesy of Brand USA, we saw many designs that incorporated not only the similar styles of Mediterranean gardens but their growing habits too. This has also been replicated in some of the great hotels, parks and woodlands, and we will be featuring specific hotel grounds that have stunning gardens and perhaps entice you to visit them in the future. On that note I raise a glass, very likely something with bubbles in, and toast you all, our dedicated readers, and thank you for the lovely positive comments, emails and continued recommendations that drives the team to bring you bigger and better articles each issue. Chin Chin.
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