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History of Hedges

HEDGES: THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Britain’s landscape has been extensively reshaped to accommodate changing farming methods – most noticeably, perhaps, by the creation of hedges in the 16th and 17th centuries to enclose fields, and now, in the 20th century, … Continue reading

08. July 2017 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 … Continue reading

28. May 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Something Unusual for the Flower Garden

  Flower Garden: Something Unusual The choice of plants available for the spring borders is limitless. The inclusion of something a little different adds certain style and transforms the conventional into the dramatic. Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ – Starry blue … Continue reading

13. April 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Massed Effects of Flowers in the Spring Garden

SPRING GARDEN – MASSED EFFECTS OF FLOWERS DAFFODILS ANNOUNCE the arrival of spring. Whether in the wild or in the garden their assertive trumpets capture the imagination and bring cheer to the darkest of days. Narcissus poeticus – The pheasant’s … Continue reading

13. April 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Weeds and Weed Prevention

WEEDS AND PREVENTION Weeds are basically any plants growing in the wrong place. Fast-growing native plants that spread quickly from seed, such as groundsel, or by rampant underground runners, like bindweed, are the commonest sorts. Some cultivated plants, however, can … Continue reading

23. February 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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A – Z of Gardening Terms

ACID SOIL has a pH content lower than 7.0. The majority of plants will grow on acid soil, while plants such as rhododendrons and heathers will not grow on anything other than acid soil. AERATING soil or ground, including lawns, … Continue reading

23. February 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Safety

DO’S Garden: Feed bulbs just after they have flowered in the spring. N.B. Remember not to cut daffodils down until six weeks after flowering. Go to reliable garden centres for plants. The ones in the centre of towns tend to … Continue reading

20. June 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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Deciduous and Evergreen Trees at Kew Gardens

Magnolias, both deciduous and evergreen, have been planted in many parts of Kew Gardens; the mound on which the Temple of Aeolus is sited is enlivened by these trees blooming in spring. They produce solitary, often fragrant, flowers and the … Continue reading

20. April 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Strelitzia

The striking South African Strelitzia regime, the Bird of Paradise Flower, is ideal for a greenhouse, conservatory or sun lounge which can be heated to 10°C. (50°F.) or more in winter. For brief periods, however, the temperature can drop to … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Streptocarpus

The Cape Primroses, as streptocarpuses are called, are very attractive greenhouse perennials of which fine hybrids have been developed. The flowers, whose colours include purple, blue, violet, red, pink and white, are trumpet shaped and are borne in clusters on … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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