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Plantaholic’s Choice – Rhubarb Apple Delight - Some of you who are beginners in gardening may have thought that any rhubarb you buy is just the same old variety.  This could not be further from the truth.  The breeders have been hard at work creating this brand new, superior variety for us to grow in our gardens and allotments.  The features of this lovely new plant are as follows:- Rhubarb Apple Delight has been specially selected for … [...]

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Planting a Spring Bulb Lasagne -   A bulb lasagne is simply layers of flower bulbs between layers of compost.  The reason for doing this is to greatly increase the season of interest.  For example, you could plant tulips on their own.  This, though undoubtedly beautiful, would only provide weeks of colour.  By planting layers of bulbs that come into flower in succession, we can provide not weeks but months of interest.  This method is usually… [...]

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Plantaholic’s Choice – Viola Bunny Ears - Viola Bunny Ears is a great favourite of mine and a real character of a plant!  The unusually long 'rabbit ear' petals sit atop the cheeky pansy faces and the blooms dance in the breeze. These delightful plants are a new take on the cottage garden favourite. They are great in containers and hanging baskets as well as borders and rockeries or even cracks in walls and paving. The plants… [...]

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Controlling Leatherjackets In Your Lawn With Natural Nematodes - Leatherjackets can be a serious lawn pest especially in poorly drained lawns and after a wet autumn.  In late summer Crane flies, better known as daddy-long-legs, lay eggs in the grass and clouds of the daddy-long-legs can be seen leaving the lawn afterwards early in the morning. It is the grubs (pictured above) that hatch out in autumn that cause the damage.  They feed on roots and stem bases in… [...]

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Rose ‘Sweet Honey’ – Rose Of The Year 2020 - Rose Sweet Honey has been named as Rose of the Year 2020. It was launched at the 2019 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival In the Festival of Roses display by Roses UK on behalf of Kordes Rosen of Germany. This elegant floribunda variety was chosen for it's many qualities including:- Outstanding disease resistance Strong, bushy, upright growth habit Glossy dark green foliage Moderate fruity fragrance Repeat flowering Rose Sweet… [...]

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