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BRUGMANSIA Angel’s trumpet

You may be forgiven for not recognising the name Brugmansia but chances are you will know it under its other name of  Datura.  In actual fact Daturas are more likely to be found on sale during early summer as half-hardy annuals, Brugmansias are the tender shrubby species which require over-wintering under cool frost-free conditions. It…
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Some Early Pruning

Some plants like my deciduous clematis and buddleias haven’t gone fully dormant this winter, in fact they are actively growing now and its time for me to go out on this mild weathered Sunday morning and give some of them a hard prune. I intend to use these first prunings for the first layer of…
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All Change in our Houseplant Department

What a busy few weeks we have had at the garden centre and for those of you who think I have disappeared off the face of the planet fear not, the houseplant department  has simply re-located into another greenhouse. I know some of our regular customers have been wondering what has happened and we thank…
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Hebes for Colour and Versatility!

When the hebes start arriving in spring I’m always amazed at how many different cultivars there are; every year new names appear on the scene with this year being no exception and they’re all bound to please someone. Hebes are attractive shrubs, some make good utility plants, hedging and the like, others have fantastic foliage,…
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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana – Flaming Katy

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is a  bushy succulent originating in Madagascar and  the common name “Flaming Katy” derives from the original red species.  Through years of hybridising however we can now enjoy this flowering houseplant in many other colours although its common name seems to have stuck with it. I would consider this plant a good one…
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Floriferous Sunny Shrubs!

Outside in the garden is a lovely Jasminum nudiflorum hanging on to its last few bright yellow flowers with just a few more buds to come; as those flowers fade away and the leaves begin to emerge it reminds me of another genus of shrub getting ready to perform; it too will have the most…
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Jasminum Polyanthum “Pink Jasmine”

The jasmine family covers a wide range of varieties including  evergreen and deciduous climbers and shrubs.  For the purpose of this article I am concentrating on the tender variety Jasminum Polyanthum.  This type would probably grow outdoors in the southern counties of Britain but this far north it needs the protection of a greenhouse or…
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New Year, New Project!

I do enjoy walking around my garden in a morning looking at what’s going on, groups of snowdrops are flowering a whole month earlier than last year, others are in bud with plenty more to follow. The first winter aconites are up too at the opposite end of the garden to the woodland/wildlife garden so…
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Hippeastrum Hybrids – Amaryllis

Hippeastrum hybrids, more commonly referred to as Amaryllis, are a firm favourite around Christmas and  new year.  Specially prepared bulbs planted at the end of October or early November should show results around Christmastime or early in the new year. The  large trumpet-shaped blooms are a truly spectacular sight forming on tall stems which rise…
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A few jobs before Christmas

I think you will agree that we are having some very abnormal weather for the time of year but it is certainly saving on the heating bills.  My other half hasn’t complained of cold feet yet, which is usually a sure indication of snow on the way!  By the time you read this however things…
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