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     Bougainvillea is an extremely showy climbing plant with colourful papery bracts (modified leaves), hence the common name of “paper flower”.  There are several colours available but the deep pink or purple still remains the most popular.      Bougainvilleas require room to grow and are therefore best suited to greenhouses or conservatories where they will…
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Ferns Make Interesting Foliage Plants!

Walking around the garden this morning shortly after the rain was wonderful leaving everything smelling fresh, dripping with raindrops with the plants looking totally revitalised too. I set about my speed gardening as usual, weeded first then tidied up some ferns by cutting away the old tatty fronds followed by clearing little poplar tree twigs…
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Indoor Hibiscus Rose of China

     I am frequently asked for houseplants for a sunny windowsill and I have to say that not many fit into  that category very well. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Rose of China) however actually requires bright light in which to thrive so is one plant I can recommend.      Indoor hibiscus have  dark green glossy leaves and…
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Taking Out the Competition!

Last year I incorporated a daily routine, weather permitting of course of what I call ‘speed gardening’ so my first speed gardening session this year has been tackling cleavers and hairy bittercress in my perennials. They are so annoying because the cleavers creeps through and sticks to any emerging foliage trying to strangle and suppress…
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IMPATIENS New Guinea hybrids

 It is always an exciting time when the summer bedding plants start to arrive on the garden centre and one of my particular favourites are the New Guinea Impatiens (Busy Lizzie).  Not to be confused with the lower-growing Impatiens Wallerana which is an excellent summer bedding plant for borders and containers, the New Guinea hybrids…
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A Few Easy To Grow Herbs In Your Garden!

There’s something really basic about going into the garden, getting close and personal with your plants choosing which young shoots look the best to pick thinking of how much tastier they are going to make that particular meal or drink that you are about to make. Just imagine those first new potatoes that you might…
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Gardenia Jaminoides Cape jasmine

    Following on from my last article concerning fragrant houseplants I think the Gardenia has to rate fairly high within this category.  It is not one of easiest of indoor plants to keep but, get it right and the results can be very rewarding.       Gardenias, which originate in China, have dark green very glossy…
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Its All Happening Now!

It’s Sunday morning before you read this and I’ve had my little walk around the garden it was a bit nippy out there. I was happy to see that one of the spring flowering clematis isn’t just growing up the Photinia ‘Red Robin’, but across the honeysuckle too and with lots of blue fat flower…
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