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Pink Grasshopper Spotted In Gloucestershire Garden

Green-fingered enthusiasts are used to finding insects when they tend to their garden. However, one gardener found a very unique bug when she helped a family member out recently – a pink grasshopper. Kate Culley told South West News Service she spotted the rare insect at her grandmother’s garden in Gloucestershire. The 41-year-old was reported by AOL.co.uk as saying: “I was surprised – you don’t expect to see a pink grasshopper.” She went on to say: “It was unusual. I’ve never seen one like that before.” While Britain is not known for its brightly coloured grasshoppers, sightings of them have been recorded in the past. Victoria Hillman wrote a blog for National Geographic magazine in 2013, recalling how she and her research team came across not one but six pink grasshoppers. She had not anticipated seeing the bugs...

Protect Garden Furniture Ahead Of Weekend Floods

The UK is bracing itself for a washout weekend just a few days after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. So make sure you cover up your summer garden furniture before the heavens open! Temperatures rose to 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday (August 25th) and 33.2C on Monday, breaking previous records for the weekend. The last high temperature for August Bank Holiday Sunday was 28.2C in 2017, while mercury levels soared to 31.5C during Bank Holiday Monday in 2001. However, the sunshine has not lasted and Brits can expect heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to a huge Atlantic system heading towards the UK. BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood was reported by The Express as predicting that winds could reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in Scotland and...

Protect Garden Furniture Ahead Of Weekend Floods

The UK is bracing itself for a washout weekend just a few days after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. So make sure you cover up your summer garden furniture before the heavens open! Temperatures rose to 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday (August 25th) and 33.2C on Monday, breaking previous records for the weekend. The last high temperature for August Bank Holiday Sunday was 28.2C in 2017, while mercury levels soared to 31.5C during Bank Holiday Monday in 2001. However, the sunshine has not lasted and Brits can expect heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to a huge Atlantic system heading towards the UK. BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood was reported by The Express as predicting that winds could reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in Scotland and...

Do You Know How To Spot Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can cause substantial damage in and around your property if it’s not dealt with quickly and effectively. The Express recently explained that the plant is “highly destructive” and can cause damage to paving, roads and even buildings. But what is it and how can you spot it in your garden early? It has an extensive root system and it grows quickly, which is why it can cause so much damage. It can grow up to seven metres horizontally underground, and up to two metres deep. The experts at gardeningexpress.co.uk offered some advice about how to identify it. Chris Bonnet from the company explained that it has heart-shaped leaves and flowers in summer or early autumn, producing creamy white blooms. Another tell-tale sign to look out for are red...

Garden Thefts Rise 23% Over Year

Homeowners want to believe that their dwelling – including their outdoor space – is safe and secure. However, recent figures have given Brits reason to take extra precautions when storing valuables in their gardens, as outside thefts have shot up recently. SunLife’s analysis of figures from the Office for National Statistics found there were 595,000 thefts ‘outside a dwelling’ in 2018, which represents a 23 per cent rise on the previous year. This means there were 11,500 thefts every single week from gardens in the UK taking place last year. Summer is a primetime for thieves to strike, thanks to more homeowners leaving expensive equipment, tools and toys on their lawns. That is why Simon Stanney, general insurance director at SunLife, gave some useful tips on how to protect belongings and still enjoy your outdoor...