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Golden Locust Tree

10. April 2008

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Golden Locust Tree

Latin name: Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ Description: ‘Frisia’ is much more exotic looking than the plane green form. Its luxuriant leaves are composed of nineteen individual leaflets that are golden yellow when young 9 looking beautiful against a blue sky) turning greenish-yellow through summer and a glowing orange-yellow in the autumn. The whole tree has a […]

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Great Dixter offers autumnal plant ideas

30. September 2010

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Great Dixter offers autumnal plant ideas

This is one of my favourite autumnal plants – Fatsia Japonica or the Caster Oil Plant.Check out this attractive and reliable evergreen shrub that offers something for the garden all year round –http://www.myclimatechangegarden.com/blog/false-castor-oil-plant-japanese-aralia If you are looking for inspirational planting ideas there is an excellent event this weekend at Great Dixter. A chance to see this stunning garden  which […]

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Grow your own and bake bread to make a difference

11. August 2010

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Grow your own and bake bread to make a difference

Wheat prices are rising as a result of severe drought in Russia this summer which could have an ongoing effect on the world’s food chain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10859883 Beat the unpredictable global weather this summer by growing your own food and baking your own bread.http://www.allotment.org.uk/allotment_foods/bread-making/index.php

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Hints of an Indian summer

18. October 2012

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Looks as though the UK might yet enjoy some warmer weather just before we put the clocks back an hour on Sunday October 28th and head into the shortest day on 21st December .Fingers crossed the weathermen get it right this time and we reach the heights of 20c the BBC are promising over the […]

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Honey Bush

10. April 2008

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Honey Bush

Latin name: Melianthus major Description: Extremely attractive, fairly lax, sparsely branched evergreen shrub, grown for its attractive, deeply serrated silver-blue leaves which bring character to the garden. Melianthus comes from the Greek meli (honey) and anthos (flower), meaning that it has abundant nectar. Because it tends to flower during the winter months this is rarely […]

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How green is Brighton?

4. August 2010

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How green is Brighton?

Brighton is building a green reputation. It has elected Caroline Lucas as the UK’s first ever green MP. http://www.carolinelucas.com/cl/blog.html It even offers green activities to tempt holiday-makers. http://www.visitbrighton.com/site/your-brighton/green What a shame that Brighton sea-front does not live up to its green credentials. Compared to its  neighbour Eastbourne, just along the South Coast, the promenade in […]

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Italian Cypress, Funeral Cypress

10. April 2008

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Italian Cypress, Funeral Cypress

Latin name: Cupressus sempervirens Description: Exceedingly architectural conifer and a far cry from the dreaded Leylandii. This statuesque conifer is a tall, narrow columnar evergreen, cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean region. The dark green ‘exclamation mark’ shape of these trees is a highly characteristic signature of Mediterranean towns and villages, thus giving a […]

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Japanese Root Hardy Banana, Japanese Fibre Banana

10. April 2008

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Japanese Root Hardy Banana, Japanese Fibre Banana

Latin name: Musa basjoo Description: Probably the hardiest of all the bananas and the most easily grown. This highly architectural banana has a pseudostem (trunk) that can reach up to 2.5m tall and from the top issue arching mid-green leaves up to 2m long and 50cm wide. With age this banana becomes multi-stemmed forming a […]

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Japanese Sago Palm

10. April 2008

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Japanese Sago Palm

Latin name : Cycas revoluta Description: Cycads are an ancient group of plants existing for over 200 million years. They are often mistaken for palms which they are not.  Cycas revolute is the most easily obtainable species. It is a slow growing, robustly trunked cycad from Japan, that often suckers and branches with age. The […]

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Japanese Wisteria

10. April 2008

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Japanese Wisteria

Latin name: Wisteria Description: A climber that always brings timeless elegance to the garden and a touch of the exotic. They are very vigorous plants once established and look beautiful when draped over pergolas walls or grown as standards. Wisterias need regular pruning for the best flower production. If space allows, this glorious plant can […]

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