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Miss Named Plants

‘Centrdenia-purple-glory?’ How can you get the plant name so wrong? The errors start with me miss spelling the plant name when I took the photograph at least according to Google who want to see an ‘a’ after the ‘r’ to spell Centradenia. Now I think about it, did I copy the plant label correctly or […]

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Coming Late to Chrysanthemums

Gardening for over 50 years I have flirted with Chrysanthemums several times but never taken them seriously. Now I resolve to correct that by putting in the effort as I realise the significant rewards to be gained by a gardener who is maturing like good compost. My change of opinion has come about due to […]

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Tree Peonies for the Far East

History of Tree Peonies The ancient Chinese have cultivated Tree Peonies for over 1500 years. Prized specimens are and were grown for medicinal purposes as they contain glucocides and alkolides. TheĀ  imperial palace gardens had many specimens that became quite valuable. The tree peony was, for a time, the national flower of China and it […]

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The North of England Horticultural Society.

The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) is over 106 year old and has been the premier gardening and horticultural charity supporting the north of England through out that time. It is independent of the RHS! The NEHS is not to be confused with Northern Horticultural society 1963-1988 or The Northern Horticultural society 1988 – […]

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Winter Soil Tips

Soil in Winter Winter is a time for rest for both the gardener and the soil. Some gardeners dig over their soil and leave it in ‘big clods’ for frost to break it down into a tilth. I prefer a mulch method and letting the worms do the digging. Remove any perennial weeds and hoe […]

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Rhododendron Birds

Rhododendron Widgeon was been beaten to a great post by Jo Hanslip on insane journal ‘The Glendoick Bird Hybrids The Bird series of dwarf rhododendrons were developed at Glendoick Gardens, in Scotland, and are classified as Dwarf Lepidote Hybrids. The great plant hunters Ludlow and Sherriff returned to Britain in the 1950s. George Sherriff and […]

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Persicaria Knotweeds

When is a weed not a weed? Well not very often if it is growing in the wrong place. If you have planted Persicaria then that is Knot a weed it is a notweed or not depending on your spelling. Persicaria affinis aka Polygonum affine Common Name: ‘Knotweed’ flower from late summer until the frosts […]

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Soil Conditioners and Conditioning

What is Garden Lime I have just given a dose of lime to the areas in my veg plot that have been cleared for winter. I like to give a bit of extra magnesium to some soft fruit trees as well. Often supplied as a powder of crushed limestone but also available as concentrated crystals. […]

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Food Plants for Birds

Selecting plants that produce seeds and berries at different times of the year can provide food of birds through the seasons. Berries Ivy fruits in November and can last for 6 months so it is a winter staple. The early fruiting plants include Wild Cherry & Raspberries with Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Elder, Yew, Rowan and […]

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