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Glory Lily

10. April 2008

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Glory Lily

Latin name: Gloriosa ‘Rothschildiana’ Description: Very sensual scrambler-climber and always admired for its beauty. Gloriosa grows from tubers planted in the spring and will twine up anything. The leaves are bright apple-green, up to 8cm long and produce tendrils from the leaf tips to attach themselves to anything they touch. In high summer stunning solitary, […]

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Good Morning Glory

26. July 2010

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Good Morning Glory

Every day this summer  I  am greeted by these beautiful Morning Glory flowers in my garden. They only last 24 hours but are worth every minute before more beautiful blooms follow the next day. I planted the seeds back in March and the plants have done especially well this year because of the constant sunshine. […]

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Hardy Begonia

10. April 2008

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Hardy Begonia

Latin name: Begonia grandis subsp. Evansiana Description: Clump-forming tuberous begonia with red-branched stems up to 50cm tall with broad fleshy, typical begonia shaped leaves, pale green above, flushed red with prominent veining beneath. Delicate pink flowers are produced from the leaf axils in nodding clusters from midsummer to autumn. Hardiness: Hardy to at least -5C […]

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Hart’s Toung Fern

10. April 2008

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Hart’s Toung Fern

Latin name: Asplenium scolopendrium Description: This robust evergreen fern grows from short creeping rhizomes, producing an irregular shuttle-cock like crown, composed of strap-like leathery, undulating, glossy, bright green fronds up to 60cm long. Although this beauty is native to Europe and North America it has a very exotic feel when planted with other large leaved […]

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Himalayan Honeysuckle

10. April 2008

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Himalayan Honeysuckle

Latin name: Leycesteria formosa Description: It is seldom found in contemporary British gardens, though attempts have been made in recent years to popularize the species in Britain with new cultivated varieties appearing in most garden centers. It was much grown by the Victorians. It has soft, hollow, upright green stems which only last for a […]

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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 Spurge

10. April 2008

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Honey Spurge

Latin name: Euphorbia mellifera Description: A very handsome and imposing rounded evergreen shrub with stout shoots, clothed in narrowly lance-shaped mid-green leaves with a predominant cream midrib, to 20cm long. From late spring to early summer, deliciously honey scented heads of golden yellow-terracotta flowers with small bronze-green floral bracts are produced in terminal clusters up […]

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Hosta

10. April 2008

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Hosta

Latin name: Hosta Description: Well known garden plants grown for their large, imposing and often beautifully variegated leaves. H. ‘Frances Williams’ is a delightful mid-sized Hosta with large heart-shaped, glacous bluish-green leaves with irregular yellowy-green markings. Off-white, bell-shaped flowers are held above the foliage in summer, which are much loved by bees. Hardiness: Very hardy […]

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

31. July 2019

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

The UK’s highest ever temperature has been officially recorded in Cambridge, the Met Office has confirmed.https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/met-office-confirms-new-uk-record-temperature-of-387c Cambridge University Botanic Garden measured 38.7c (101.7F) on Thursday 25th July 2019. This beat the previous record of 38.5c (101.3F) set in Kent in 2003. The Met Office have also reported that UK’s 10 hottest years on record have […]

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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

3. September 2015

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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

Will Giles from the Exotic Garden in Norwich suggests ways to maximise your garden.  http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/about-the-garden/ Traditional gardens with herbaceous borders come to a crescendo in June and early July and then gently wither and fade into their autumn colours. Many years ago I also used the more traditional border planting that goes with this style […]

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