Category Archives for Featured Articles

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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Streptosolen

A tender evergreen climbing shrub which can be grown in a greenhouse where a minimum winter temperature of 7°C. (45°F.) can be maintained is the attractive Streptosolen Jamesonii. This plant bears bright orange flowers from June to September. Cultivation Specimens … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Smithiantha

One of the things we have to live within gardening is name changes decided on by the botanists for their own – but not necessarily our – good reasons. Thus what we now have to call smithianthas, may still be … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Solanum Capsicastrum

The Winter Cherry, Solanum capsicastrum, is a popular plant with its bright red berries from October to February or March and especially valued at Christmas time. It is not difficult to grow and needs a minimum temperature of only 7°C. … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Sansevieria

The type most commonly cultivated is Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii, the Bowstring Hemp, or, less kindly, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. This attractive foliage plant has distinctive, mottled, sword-shaped leaves, with two yellow bands running throughout their length close to the edges. It is … Continue reading

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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