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 ...
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 ...
NEW varieties of rose are raised from seed, but the main method of increasing stock is by budding, which consists of taking a leaf-bud from the cultivated tree and inserting it into an understock. Some trees are also obtained by layering
and from striking cuttings, but comparatively few varieties are satisfactory for these methods.
Most cultivated roses
are, therefore, parasites Read more ...
ALTHOUGH some very pleasing effects can be achieved with formal layouts, to most people a miniature garden implies a miniature rock garden. Yet, to judge from appearances, few seem to give any thought to the question of design. Any smallish plants (and some that are not so small) and any odd brick-bats which happen to be lying about are flung haphazard into the mixture, with Read more ...
To keep them at the top of their form, Bonsai should be grown out of doors as much as possible. The Japanese keep them on tables in full sun from late spring until early autumn, but the sun in that country does not scorch as it does in England. What is more important is that the Japanese Bonsai lover never seems to be irked by constant attention to small details. From my window Read more ...
Bonsai is the term universally used in Japan for the artificially dwarfed trees and shrubs which are an integral part of the domestic, artistic and horticultural life of that country. There it is unusual to enter any house, from the palace in the capital to the poorest hut in the village, without seeing at least one specimen.
It must be realized that in the space at my disposal Read more ...
Recent years have seen a revival of formal bedding schemes where massed plants make for eye-catching displays. The large number of plants required can mostly be raised from seed.
Nemesia - Easily grown, Nemesia is quick, to flower in a wide array of colours. 30-45cm/1-1½ft
Limnanthes douglasii (Poached egg flower) - Edge a border with this sunny little Read more ...
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 flowers
are an enchaining addition to the front of the border. 15cm/6in
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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 eye is beautifully scented. 45cm/1.5ft
♦ Remove dead heads after flowering but leave foliage to die dawn.
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When people talk about mixed borders, what exactly do they mean?
A mixed border is one which can contain any kind of plant, including trees, shrubs, and ornamental vegetables, as well as the more commonly grown herbaceous perennials, bedding plants, annuals, biennials, and bulbous plants
. The year-round interest created in such borders is one of their most important assets.
What Read more ...
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