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Bindweed Wild Flower Varieties

The bindweed family comprises of several varieties seen as wild flowers in the UK together with some other species including convolvulus and polygonum. They can be a nuisance in the garden with brittle roots that make them hard to eliminate. BEST LEFT IN THE WILD! Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) Wild Bindweeds Calystegia soldanella – Sea […]

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Calendula Calendar

Orange or Yellow are the signature colours of Pot Marigolds more correctly named Calendula officinalis. Pot Marigolds are typically grown as an annual or biennials but can be cultivated as a short-lived perennial. Calendula are also called  English, Field Marigolds, Scotch marigold or Ruddles but are unrelated to African or French marigolds. Varieties to Consider […]

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Hosta Little Tips

I am no great fan of large leaved hostas probably due to lack of space in my garden where I prefer to grow other plants. However the dwarf varieties are easy to get on with. An alternative name for Hostas is Funkia. That appeals to me and helps describe how the plants can create congenital […]

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Floral Language

This curious 19th century craze which engaged the hearts and fancies of the Victorians had no historical or mythological basis but became the fertile sand on which a folklore was built. Using images from the Lindley Library this intriguing display tells the story of popular 19th century code used by lovers to exchange messages.The snowdrop […]

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Roses are Red and Charitable Too

I am miffed  that the Royal National Rose Society has gone into administration (May 2017). Originally formed in 1876 it owns land in St Albans but finds annual running costs onerous. As small compensation here are details about a couple of charitable red roses. This rose was bred in 2000 by Harkness roses and named […]

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Garden Advice to a Daughter

These notes are designed as advice to a daughter who has just moved into a 1920’s house with a long, narrow back garden and a postage stamp sized front grass patch. Current Layout and Issues The front is open to cats and the quiet road with a footpath at one side leading to the door, […]

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Photographs from Our 2000 Posts

This is Gardeners Tips 2,000 extant post since April 2008. I have lost count how many photographs and images have been included but here are just a few repeats. In addition to our own images we would like to thank creative commons and other organisations that helped with contributions as we were starting out. Around […]

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Minimum Cultivation- No Dig

What is ‘No Dig’ ‘No Dig’ gardening or not turning over your soil is  growing in popularity with organic farmers and some gardeners. It is a term used for clearing the ground and establishing a minimum cultivation area without digging. The substitute for digging is mulching.  The garden may be covered with paper or cardboard […]

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