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Best Water Garden Ideas

Water adds charm to any garden. It is easy to manage, lively and ever-changing, and blends effectively with earth, rocks and plants. Water Garden Ideas Many beautiful and unusual plants can be grown in a water garden, and the making of such a garden is an adventure within the reach of everyone. Almost any receptacle capable of holding water is a potential pool, and there Read more ...

05. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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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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Nopalea Cactus

From the Mexican name for some of the Opuntias (Cactaceae). A genus of about 8 species of greenhouse succulent plants, formerly included in the genus Opuntia, natives of Mexico and Guatemala. The plants grow tall and become tree-like. They carry small leaves on new growth which soon fall. They bear few glochids on the areoles. Species cultivated N. auberi, tree-like growth Read more ...

14. August 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Neolloydia Cactus

Neolloydia Commemorating Prof. F. E. Lloyd, a collector of cacti (Cactaceae). A genus of 8 species of greenhouse succulent plants, which make small groups and are dwarf growing. Their ribs are arranged in spirals with spiny tubercles. The spines are attractive and the flowers showy. Species cultivated N. beguinii, plant often solitary when young, many ribbed and spiny flowers pinkish-violet, Read more ...

27. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Myrtillocactus

Myrtillocactus From the Greek myrtillos, the diminutive of the word for myrtle, in reference to the small fruit (Cactaceae). These are greenhouse succulent plants from the Americas, formerly included in the genus Cereus. They have strong, upright stems with six to eight ridges and stiff spines. Unlike most cacti, anything up to nine flowers can form each areole. Species cultivated Read more ...

27. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Melocactus

melocactus Melocactus From the Greek melon, the melon, and kaktos, spiny plant, a reference to the globular shape of this cactus (Cactaceae). These are greenhouse succulent perennials globular to barrel-shaped, with 9-20 ribs. The majority have short spines, but some species have spines 6 inches long. At the top of the plant a 'cephalium' forms to protect the flower buds—it is composed Read more ...

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mediolobivia Cactus

Mediolobivia Cactus Mediolobivia From the Latin medius, middle, and Lobivia. an anagram of Bolivia; this cactus could be said to be between Rebutia and Lobivia (Cactaceae). Small cacti from Argentina, for the greenhouse or for window cultivation, they have ribs, which rebutias do not, while the flowers are similar to those of Labium, although smaller. They may still be listed under the generic Read more ...

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mammillopsis Cactus

mammillopsis senilis Mammillopsis From Mammillaria, and the Greek opsis, appearance, in reference to their resemblance to the mammillarias (Cactaceae). A genus of a few species of greenhouse succulent plants, with white spines. They make handsome plants not commonly found in collections. The white spines, many of which are hooked, form a dense covering. Species cultivated M. diguetii has stronger Read more ...

14. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Mammillaria Cactus

Mammillaria Cactus Mammillaria From the Latin mamma, the breast, or mamilla, nipple, in reference to the teatlike tubercles of many species (Cactaceae). A large genus of greenhouse succulent perennials, suitable for window culture. Most species are from the southern parts of North America and Mexico and can be recognised by the numerous tubercles covering them; there are no ribs as on many globular Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Lophocereus Cactus

From the Greek lophos, a crest, and cereus, referring to the bristly top of the flowering stem (Cactaceae). There is one species only in this genus, L. schottii, from Arizona, a tall cactus with thick stems with short, strong spines. A few offsets are produced at the base of the plant. Flowering areoles develop long bristles at right angles to the stem. The flowers are pale Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Lobivia Cactus

Lobivia Cactus Lobivia Cactus The name is an anagram of Bolivia, where the plants are found (Cactaceae). A genus of greenhouse succulents, mostly dwarf and cylindrical with large and colourful flowers of the size of the plant. Species cultivated L. aurea. globular to columnar ridged stems, yellow flowers. L. backebergii, a handsome plant with carmine flowers. L. famatimensis, yellow to Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Leuchtenbergia Cactus

Leuchtenbergia Cactus Leuchtenbergia Commemorating Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg, 1781-1824, a French soldier and statesman (Cactaceae). A peculiar cactus from Central and North Mexico with stout, parsnip-like roots. It appears to have many leaves coming from a central stem; these are not leaves, however, but well-developed tubercles. On top of each is the areole with a cluster of Read more ...

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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