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Hebe Pink Passion

New Hebe: Pink Passion – Fall in Love with Hebes!

New Hebe: Pink Passion   There are some who doubt that anything can grow well in Ireland. Just recently, though a new Hebe, Pink Passion (TULL16) has been bred in Dublin by Tully Nurseries and it’s proving to be very popular – I can’t get my hands on one!   Hebe Pink Passion Dark stems […]

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oriental vegetables

Oriental Vegetables

Don’t forget to make best use of any space not already filled with autumn planting vegetables – plant your own Chinese take-away! There are a wonderful array of delicious oriental vegetables which can be sown  from seed if you gets your skates on, often providing some delicious additions to salads , sandwiches and stir-fries  for […]

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Growing Giant Vegetables for Beginners

How to Grow Giant Vegetables   If you’ve seen the BBC news article this week about the gardener who had his prize cabbage chopped up by accident, you may be starting to wonder how to grow huge vegetables or even how to grow giant vegetables!   Here in Wales I have been successfully growing giant […]

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How to Grow Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids Phalaenopsis orchids really have to be my favourite plant.  You can’t move in garden centres and gift shops for these wonderful moth orchids, so other people must be as in love with them as I am. Common name: Moth orchid Botanical name: Phalaenopsis Flowers: All year round (be prepared to wait a long […]

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Plant up a Meter Border for a Tenner!

Gardening Tip – For the week 26th  Sept. – 2nd Oct. Plant up a metre border for a tenner! My son recently moved to a small house with his wife and little toddler. They are only renting the house and intend staying there for only few years so they are not prepared to spend much […]

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Sedum Spectabile – Perfect Autumnal Flower

Gardening  Week  26th Sept. – 2nd Oct. The leaves are beginning to turn colour and the evenings are drawing to a close earlier, leaving me less time to work on the allotment,  –  to commemorate the beginning of autumn I decided to bring a taste of  ‘autumn’  into the home. It is not just the […]

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asian hornet

When do wasps die off in UK?

When do wasps die off in UK?   When do wasps die off in UK? Don’t we all want to know the answer to that one?! The good news is that Worker wasps don’t live through the winter, they die off every year.   But … have you heard about the Asian Hornets (Vespa velutina) […]

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Powdery Mildew on Phlox

Powdery Mildew Fungi – Prevention better than Cure

Powdery Mildew Fungi Flower beds and borders are often looking a little unkempt at this stage in the year, but that ‘Could do Better’ look  is often made a lot worse by the appearance of powdery mildew fungi.  If you’ve seen a white or off-white dust like growth appearing on the foliage of plants such […]

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Rudbeckia – Grow Your Own Black Eyed Susan!

There are not many plants left for cutting in the allotment but one flower the rudbeckia is still flowering its head off, as if it was just planted.  Last weeks heatwave and downpour might have spoiled a few of the older blooms, but it definitely gave the plants a new breath of life and they now […]

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Try These Delicious Autumnal Recipes

Autumnal Recipes   Two of my greatest loves are gardening and cooking; we are entering the perfect season for me to indulge! I thought I’d gather some tried and tested recipes from my friends and family and share them with you. Enjoy!     The Best Rhubarb Crumble Recipe Yes, I do indeed make this […]

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