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Itoh or intersectional Peonies are thought by many to be the best Peonies available.  They are produced by crossing herbaceous garden Peonies with Tree Peonies.  The initial reason for doing this was to create herbaceous Peonies with pure yellow flowers which were previously only found in Tree Peonies.  It was once thought to be  an[…]

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  The design for The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, has been unveiled. Key elements of the woodland Garden include a beautifully crafted hollow log for children to climb[…]

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The Campaign for Female Education launches ‘Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow’   Cambridge, UK – November 28, 2018 – As part of a year of 25th anniversary celebrations, The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) will unveil its first ever garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May 2019). The CAMFED Garden:[…]

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There is seldom a more welcome sight than the arrival of our native spring bulbs heralding the hope of warmer times to come. They thrive in our wooded areas and naturalise in grass to brighten our dullest days. Bulbs such as snowdrops (Galanthus), bluebells (Hyacinthoides) and winter aconites (Eranthis) can be planted as dry, dormant[…]

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The alluring flowers of this delightful new breeding caught my eye the moment  I saw them. The flower shape is completely unique in Begonias. Ideal for patio containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, the cascading stems will cover the edges of baskets and containers providing a glamorous summer long display. For years the growers have[…]

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  As soon as I saw this plant in the catalogue I fell in love with it.  Busy Lizzie ‘Wild Romance’ is in my opinion the best double flowered Busy Lizzie on the market.  But what is different about it? We have had double flowered  Busy Lizzies available for many years.  Well this one is[…]

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Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchids have become one of the U.K’s most popular houseplants.  In my early experience of horticulture orchids were considered collectors plants for the expert and could be vastly expensive.  In more recent times much progress has been made with propagation in laboratories, which has led to mass production and therefore a vast[…]

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Polianthes Tuberosa (Tuberose) is a half hardy, deciduous,  tuberous perennial native to Mexico. It’s main attraction is it’s glorious scent.  The essence of the flowers is used to produce some of the world’s finest perfumes. It is reputed to be the most scented bulb of all. The delicious scent is strongest in the evenings. Erect[…]

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