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Support Tips for Gardener’s Plants

Great big flowering Dahlias need some good support early in the season. A walled garden helps but these 4 by 4 canes with string every 12″-18″ add that bit extra. When the plants leaf-up and start to flower they will be heavy and liable to damage without support. Young trees sometimes called ‘whips’ need support […]

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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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