Category Archives for Fruit Trees

Lemaireocereus Cactus

Lemaireocereus Commemorating Charles Lemaire, 1801-71, a famous French cactus specialist (Cactaceae). A genus of some 23 species of greenhouse succulent plants, mostly from South America, with generally erect stems, and large areoles with strong spines. They are day flowering, the … Continue reading

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Daisies

DAZZLING DAISIES DAISY-TYPE FLOWERS dominate the late summer borders together with chrysanthemums and dahlias. These heavily petalled blooms enliven the last days of summer. Aster novi-belgii ‘Lilac Time’, Aster novi-belgii – these asters form a pleasing composition. ♦ Taller growing … Continue reading

07. June 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design: Aspect, Soil and Climate

Garden Design: Aspect Check the aspect of your garden: Shady side: Only morning and evening sun in summer, often moist and cool. East: Morning sun, perhaps cold drying winds. Sunny side: Plants need extra watering. West: Evening sun, perhaps rain, … Continue reading

18. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Wildlife in our Hedgerows

Nature’s Highways As they travel in search of food, mates and shelter, animals follow their own ‘highways’ – the hedgerows, walls, fences and rivers that thread the countryside of Britain. Much of the British landscape is made up of a … Continue reading

18. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Rustic Arches and Pergolas

PERGOLAS A pergola is a series of connecting arches that not only links areas of the garden, it also provides shade and support for climbing plants and a very pleasing way of framing a view or aspect of your garden. … Continue reading

25. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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How to Prune Climbing and Wall Plants

Plants which are grown on a wall usually have to be kept within certain limits. To do this the plants need a periodical, usually annual, pruning or training, which is dependent on two factors, the amount of space available and … Continue reading

15. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Feeding Climbing Plants

Many wall plants, once they are established and making good root growth, become strong, vigorous growers and will benefit by regular annual feeding. This is especially necessary if they are growing in poor or light gravelly soil where the essential … Continue reading

13. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Providing Support for Climbing Plants

There are many climbers and shrubs which do not possess natural means of supporting themselves and therefore some type of artificial support has to be given. One of the commonest methods for brick walls is to use a specially stout … Continue reading

10. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Pieris | Pieris Japonica

Pieris, a member of the Ericaceae family, is native to China and Japan where it grows as an evergreen shrub with an upright, bushy habit that can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height. The narrow, oval to … Continue reading

08. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Spruce | Picea

The pine family (Pinanceae) consists of a large number of species that can be found everywhere in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. Only slow-growing varieties that need no pruning should be grown in containers. Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’ … Continue reading

06. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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