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Fuscia Bush

Growing the spectacular Fuchsia Bush

Whilst I spent the last few days  enjoying the summer holidays with my grandchildren,  I took a visit to a local garden centre and a chill ran down my spine.  They have fully stocked their shelves with daffodil and narcissi bulbs!  I know the early bird catches the worm, but no, I am not going […]

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apples on a tree

Ensure this year’s apple crop to be the best ever.

Ensure this year’s apple crop to be the best ever. Our fruit trees are beginning to show off their fruit. We can now clearly see the shape of our crop, and this year has been quite a good year for most of my fruit trees, there were very few late frosts and the fruit set […]

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lavatera bush

Growing the Lovely Lavatera – Mallow Bush

I enjoyed some time on the south coast this week. As I walked down the avenues of the quaint coastal villages the beautiful bushes clothed in flower caught my eye. I identified them as hibiscus bushes, and promptly decided that  I would come back home and pick some stems from my hibiscus flower  this weekend […]

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vegetable plot

Maintaining Your Vegetable Plot During the Holidays

Vegetable plot maintenance There  can be a tendency for things to start to slip downhill in August, especially if the weather is very hot or you’re off for a summer holiday but, with a little bit of effort you can get far better results and keep your vegetable plot as productive possible for as long […]

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holiday pic

Going on holiday? Don’t come back to a desert!

Many of us will be going on holiday for a week or two at this time of the year. We won’t be around to look after our plants so we have to arrange for alternative methods. Asking a neighbour to water your plants is of course the first idea that springs to mind, but when you […]

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Tree Lilly Yellow

Impress Your Neighbours With Goliath Lilies

Botanical Name: Lilium.     Common Name:  Goliath lilies or Tree lilies There are hundreds of lilies and the art of growing lilies to perfection is a hobby in itself, but in recent years plant breeders have crossed the oriental with the Asiatic lily and produced this goliath lily which surpasses all lilies that I know in […]

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Tomatoes

Keeping Tomatoes Performing to Perfection

Keeping Tomatoes Performing to Perfection By now you’ll no doubt have enjoyed some gorgeous home-grown tomatoes, it has been a good year for those in greenhouses but slightly less so for outdoor plants in my garden – the very slow arrival of summer followed by a heatwave has kept my outdoor tomato plants unusually small […]

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crocosmia

Easily Grow the Exotic Crocosmia

Above the ground all plants are relatively similar they all have leaves and flowers, just in different shapes and sizes. It is under the ground that their diversity becomes more distinct. Some plants have fibrous roots which are thin wiry roots travelling in all directions whilst others have a central tap root (looking similar to […]

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Whitefly

Suffering with “Glasshouse Whitefly”; Read on:

Glasshouse Whitefly Glasshouse whitefly are, as their name implies, mainly a pest of greenhouses and other protected spaces such as conservatories, coldframes and porches but in a hot summer and especially in warmer parts of the country, they may sometimes attack plants in sheltered spots in the garden. This may not be something we’ve much […]

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Oriental greens for your winter vegetable garden

Oriental greens for your British winter vegetable garden Now is the time to begin sowing Oriental greens in your vegetable garden.  The second half of summer is ideal for planting these tasty salad leaves. The soil is still warm but the lessening daylight reduces the chance of the plants flowering and going to seed. All Oriental […]

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