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Purple Smoke Bush

10. April 2008

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Purple Smoke Bush

Latin name: Cotinus cogeria Description: You may not think of the ‘Smoke Bush’ as being particularly exotic, but when it is mixed with more tender exotics it takes on a life of its own. This delightfully shrub has several cultivars that fit in well, especially if regularly clipped to keep in proportion to the garden. […]

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RHS issues dry summer soil warning

30. June 2010

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RHS issues dry summer soil warning

The Royal Horticultural Society is warning gardeners that soil dryness levels during June have already fallen to a low often not encountered until late July/August. The recent low rainfall has led to soils having a moisture deficit of four inches, meaning that four inches of rain would be needed to restore the soil to full […]

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Skunk Cabage

10. April 2008

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Skunk Cabage

Latin name: Lysichiton americanus Description: The foliage of this amazing herbaceous perennial is dramatic to say the least and very tropical in appearance, rising up from the ground to 1m or more tall. Each leaf is like a giant paddle, mid-green and leathery in texture and on a mature plant can be 30cm or more […]

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Snow in UK gardens

25. November 2010

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I have just returned from a glorious 3 week trip enjoying 28c in Australia and New Zealand to find the UK about to experience its first freeze of winter 2010. I think gardeners were hoping for a reprieve from the damaging affects of frost and cold after last winters artic conditions. Suppose that is the […]

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Star Jasmin

10. April 2008

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Star Jasmin

Latin name: Trachelospermum jasminoides Description: Hailing from China, this fine evergreen climber is much tougher than you might think. The dense foliage is composed of rich, dark, glossy privet like leaves up to 5cm long. In summer loose clusters of windmill shaped, jasmine-like, sweetly scented, creamy white flowers are produced in abundance from early to […]

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Sunshine boost for September UK gardens

3. September 2014

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          Autumn has officially arrived in the UK but the weather is still in summer mode with glorious sunshine all this week and temperatures reaching up to 22c. Although many gardens start to loose their colour and form, Will Giles Exotic Garden in Norwich still looks wonderful with  huge exotic plants and flowers . Open […]

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The future of fruit

11. October 2009

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The future of fruit

Its been a bumper Autumn harvest for apples and blackberries in the garden. All over the country there have been reports of huge crops of lovely ripe fruit . This is the result of  lots of lovely sunshine and rain at the right times over the summer. The cold winter also had its part to […]

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Tropical and non-tropical Hibiscus

9. August 2009

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Tropical and non-tropical Hibiscus

Thought I would share this beautiful Hibiscus with you . Three weeks ago I bought a standard plant brimming with  buds which now sits on my desk.Every morning another beautiful flower is there to greet me when I sit down at my computer to work. The colours are particularly unusual – the bright pink centre […]

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Trumpet Vine

10. April 2008

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Trumpet Vine

Latin name: Campsis radicans Description: Very exotic looking climber with stunning flowers. Eventually growing several meteres high and wide it becomes a prominent feature when in flower. The tough stems are covered in atractive green pinnate leaves. From late summer into early autumn, trumpet-shaped flowers, in shades of yellow orange or red are bourne. The […]

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UK set for sunshine weekend

10. April 2010

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UK set for sunshine weekend

The UK is hotting up – warmer weather and election fever have gripped the country. Plants are loving the heat.Here is a shot of the new leaf on my bannana plant taken in the glorious sunshine that greeted me when I woke up on the south coast for the weekend after working  in London. I […]

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