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Water Features – Water Gardening Ideas

water gardening ideas   This brings us to water features and water garden ponds made from 'found' containers. Here the choice is endless. From baths at one end of the scale to an upturned dustbin lid at the other, almost any container can be adapted for use in water gardening. Some can be left above ground but they can also be sunk into the ground to look like a normal pool. Once again, Read more ...

05. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Flower Bed Ideas – Making Garden Beds

flower bed ideas Slightly-raised flower beds give a more effective display of the plants and, if cut out of grass, provide a decent clean sharp edge. So, assuming there is no need to lift the turf, this can be dug in and chopped up as the job proceeds. Add rotted manure, old potting soil or compost and, as the job proceeds, turn the soil to the centre to create a trench so that after the first Read more ...

28. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Hedging Plants, Hedges, Garden Screens for Garden Boundaries

flowering hedging plants   If you have only a small garden and if you really want your hedge for nothing more than a border between your plot and the next, think in terms of some pretty flowering hedging plant which will help you decorate the house indoors as well as out. Roses are ideal. Strong growers can be used as boundary hedges. If you keep pegging long trails down into the ground, Read more ...

26. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Container Gardening Ideas – Protecting Window Flower Boxes

window flower boxes Shelter Your Window Flower Boxes / Garden Containers from Weather Conditions One of the main problems in caring for outdoor container plants is the effect of the wind, particularly with window flower boxes and garden containers on open balconies, as in a block of flats. Sometimes a shelter can be arranged with glass or transparent plastic panels, or trellis. The latter Read more ...

02. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Annuals – Everlasting Flowers

When the summer display has finished some annuals continue to provide welcome colour indoors throughout the winter. These are the so-called ‘Everlasting Flowers’, whose petals retain their colouring and do not fall even when dead. A selection of these should be grown in every garden, as even if they are not appreciated for drying they are still first-rate annuals for the Read more ...

28. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Choosing Plants for Your Miniature Garden

THE choice of suitable plants for the miniature garden is not quite such a simple matter as might be supposed, and it is here that the beginner is most likely to go astray. The great majority of the plants grown in pans, sinks and troughs are alpines, which are simply dwarf herbaceous perennials whose homes are the mountains of the world. On the face of things, therefore, it Read more ...

24. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Growing Plants of the Same Genus in Miniature Gardens

Together in the foregoing posts, I have assumed that the reader wants to grow as many different kinds of plants as possible in the space at his disposal, and for those with only one or two sinks this is undoubtedly the best plan. Such is the attraction of these little gardens, however, that their numbers are apt to multiply, and the owner of several might well consider the Read more ...

24. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Miniature Gardens: Construction, Soil and Situation

HAVING chosen our container, ordered the plants and worked out a suitable design, we can now proceed with the more exciting business of actual construction. The first essential always is to provide adequate drainage; a matter of vital importance to the majority of alpine plants, to whom stagnant water spells death. A large piece of broken flower-pot is placed over the drainage Read more ...

24. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Miniature Gardens: Formal Layouts

THE possibilities of the formal type of miniature garden have not yet been fully appreciated, except by those who have seen the wonderful creations of Miss Anne Ashbery, who specializes in this kind of work. Some may object that it is too artificial, but if the miniature garden itself is situated in formal surroundings, I can see no valid reason why its own layout should not Read more ...

24. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Suitable Containers for Miniature Gardens

THE first thing to be considered when planning a miniature garden is, of course, the type of container to be used. The shape and size may be anything you please, but as it is essential for the welfare of the plants that the walls should be porous, the choice of materials is more restricted. Earthenware and stone are the best, though concrete may also be used; but anything in Read more ...

23. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Miniature Gardens

There is a perennial fascination about miniatures in all forms of life. Perhaps it is that the human mind becomes tired of coping with the larger issues and turns with relief to the contemplation or construction of small things, whether they are small-scale engineering models or tiny plants. But, whatever the reason, gardening in miniature is finding more and more devotees. Introduction Read more ...

23. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Shrubs for the Miniature Garden

As I have suggested in an earlier section, the shrubs admitted to our miniature gardens may be rather taller than the herbaceous perennials without destroying the effect of scale. Even so, the choice is not a wide one, for many little shrubs, though sufficiently dwarf in stature, occupy too much lateral space. Where the small pan garden is concerned, it is better to avoid shrubs Read more ...

23. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Rose Pests and Diseases

The Importance of Good Cultivation In controlling pest and diseases good cultivation is most important, as the maintenance of good health in plants greatly reduces the possibility of attacks. Good cultivation includes the thorough preparation of the soil at the outset, subsequent adequate manuring, but not over-manuring, and the continuous use of the hoe. It does not embrace Read more ...

03. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Exhibiting Roses

Staging Watch some of the old hands at the game. Assimilate first the cool, methodical way they go about their work. Their first consideration is to unpack their roses and get them into water. Then they find their classes; perhaps in so doing casting an eye over the blooms being staged by competitors, but undaunted by anything they see, they quietly get to work. From the study Read more ...

03. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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