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Dazzling Dahlias

21. September 2009

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Dazzling Dahlias

Dahlias are doing well this Autumn. .The key to success is a really good rich soil with plenty of organic material, a regular pruning, possibly staking as the plants grow ever taller and the occasional feed.http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plantprofile_dahlia.shtml What I love about these plants is that they flower at a time when the garden needs a real […]

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Other people’s gardens

23. August 2009

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Other people’s gardens

The sun continues to shine and temperatures are still high creating some wonderful sights in people’s gardens. Checking out what the neighbours are growing is of my favourite things – its a great place to find out what is doing well in your local area and for planting inspiration.Maybe this is just an English thing […]

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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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Late Summer Hot Flower Flush

5. August 2009

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Late Summer Hot Flower Flush

This is what the Met Office is predicting for late August through to September and, if today’s temperatures of 28c are anything to go by, it looks promising. At this time of year the traditional herbaceous border looks a bit down in the dumps – flowering is over for many plants  and the endless round […]

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Weather cycles and cycads

1. August 2009

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Weather cycles and cycads

Yesterday marked the end of a rather mixed bag of weather for July in the UK – not the welcome heatwave we were all expecting. I have given up listening to the forecasters – they always seems to get it wrong for Eastbourne which appears to have its own wonderful micro-climate. Often it is the […]

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Dahlias delight at Hampton Court

11. July 2009

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Dahlias delight at Hampton Court

Apparently about 170,000 people visit the Hampton Court Flower Show and stay for about 5 hours. I must be the exception as I arrived yesterday at 5pm and left as the Show was closing at 7.30pm. If you go after 3pm it is £17 rather than £27 and its also less busy and more relaxed. […]

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Selecting Plants for a Global Garden

1. July 2009

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Selecting Plants for a Global Garden

The wonderful hot weather this summer is a great time for exploring  new and unusual plants  to introduce to your garden. My advice is to be adventurous  – don’t go just for the traditional herbacouse plants. THINK BIG AND BOLD WITH CLIMATE CHANGE PLANTS Many of these plants originate from much warmer countries overseas but […]

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Mediterranean Agapanthas

1. July 2009

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Mediterranean Agapanthas

Just returned from Portugal to this amazing tropical weather that has brought into flower one of my favourite low maintenance plants – the majestic agapanthas. Agapanthas grow in great big clumps of fabulous showy flowers all over Portugal. If summer temperatures continue to be this high, then the future could see SE England offering similar […]

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The delight of Oriental Poppies

12. June 2009

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The delight of Oriental Poppies

One of my favourite plants at this time of year are the wonderful oriental poppies which raise their fabulous heads in all sorts of places  – they love poor soil and neglect which means they are ideally suited to drought gardening. The petals are thin and delicate like fine tissue paper, offer a range of […]

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Heavenly Hibiscus

11. June 2009

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Heavenly Hibiscus

These showy, tropical plants always transport me to the Caribbean where they are a very common site. I normally keep them under glass but they have done well on my south facing terrace in a very sunny spot this year – be careful to bring them in at night or offer some protection if temperatures […]

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