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Seed Propagation of Hardy SucculentsSeed Propagation of Hardy Succulents
July 15, 2010

I propagate hardy succulents such as Sempervivum, Jovibarba and Rosularia from seed to give me a chance of getting some exciting new types as well as a very economical way to get lots of plants. Using seed is a way to get many choices, some of them different and unusual. Sometimes you get lots of very similar types, but that’s okay; use them in tapestry beds, mosaics and other crafts.

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Shannon's Garden CentreShannon's Garden Centre
July 8, 2010

In this day and age with all the chain owned, supermarket style Garden Centres, it is a pleasure to have a family run business with their own Garden Centre. This is a place for plant lovers, from beginners to the experienced. With helpful and knowledgeable staff, If they haven't got what you want, they will try to get if for you!

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Historic Greenwich and the Royal Park (Part 2)Historic Greenwich and the Royal Park (Part 2)
June 22, 2010

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my articles on this amazing place. To those of you who have been to Greenwich, some of the places are recognizable instantly, some are not. A lot of people travel thousands of miles and never actually get to see what the Park, the Royal Naval College or indeed Greenwich has to offer. If you ask most people if they have ever seen the Roman remains in the Park, they have no idea there were any!

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Historic Greenwich and the Royal Park (Part 1)Historic Greenwich and the Royal Park (Part 1)
June 19, 2010

Greenwich has more history than most people could research in their lifetime. From stone age tools found in Greenwich, the Romans in AD43, the Saxons settlement in the 10th century, to the Danes who in 1011 kidnapped Archbishop Alfege for a ransom, it is an amazing place. When the ransom was not paid, he was murdered and St. Alfege's Church stands in Greenwich to this day! Many of the things in Greenwich the tourists don't see, as they simply don't know about them.

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Brugmansia 'Short Standards'Brugmansia 'Short Standards'
June 19, 2010

Almost everyone likes “standards,” those nice straight tree brugs. Standards form well-shaped canopies and make a great display when they bloom. Unfortunately, not all plants want to grow in the shapes we like best.

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The Blythe Hill TavernThe Blythe Hill Tavern
June 15, 2010

This is one way our community can say thank you to a Landlord with passion. He loves golf, horse racing, Gaelic football, rugby, soccer, but more than that, he has won Pub Of The Year for his beer for two years running now. What they fail to mention is his hard work and passion to make everyone welcome, young or old. Children are welcome in his garden; his love of his garden and those who visit it indicate to us the depth of his family values.

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Heuchera:  Jewels in the gardenHeuchera: Jewels in the garden
June 12, 2010

Heuchera (pronounced Hew-ker-ah), also commonly called Coral Bells or alum root, are known and planted mostly for their bright, colorful leaves that bring jewel tones to the garden.

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Borage for CourageBorage for Courage
June 10, 2010

This beautiful plant is said to bring courage to the heart and drive away all sadness. And that's just the beginning of all the lovely virtues of this herb. Borage is also a great companion to some of your garden favorites. Bees love the nectar rich flowers. I like to add the vibrant blue flowers to salads but they are also great candied for desserts or fresh in beverages. You can make your own flowery ice cubes with your garden edibles, there are easy instructions at the end of this article.

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Ramblings of a New Rose Lover...Ramblings of a New Rose Lover...
June 5, 2010

Like most other gardeners and floral designers, I have always thought Roses were pretty but not until this year was I bitten by a familiar bug in a different form.

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The Chelsea Flower Show 2010The Chelsea Flower Show 2010
May 31, 2010

Despite a few articles in the press before the show wondering what Chelsea will be like in the financial crisis, plus their normal doom & gloom; the horticulturalists and everybody else involved in the world's most famous flower show gave them all a quick lesson in how it can and should be done!

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Hornimans Museum & GardensHornimans Museum & Gardens
May 23, 2010

Hornimans Museum was one man's dream, and he fulfilled it. Fredrick John Horniman was a tea trader who started collecting Natural History and other artifacts from all over the world for his family home in southeast London in 1860. However his collection outgrew his home, so he had a new Museum designed and built in 1898, which was opened to the Public in 1901. At first it was for Natural History specimens and musical instruments, but he acquired art & crafts, fossils and Egyptian mummies. He donated the museum and gardens to the people of London, "as a free gift to the people of London forever for their recreation, instruction and enjoyment." It is now as it was then, a free museum and gardens.

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Packaging Sedum and Semp for MailingPackaging Sedum and Semp for Mailing
May 21, 2010

First prepare a list of what is being sent. Choose your basket or tray for gathering plants from your yard. You will also need pruners and a hand shovel.

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Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 2)Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 2)
May 20, 2010

Dulwich Park is famous for its Rhododendrons and Azaleas in May, but there is a lot more to this wonderful place than that. Its wildfowl and wildlife abound; it is managed with the environment in mind, proving an area of outstanding beauty and historical interest can be a place for everyone as well!

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Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 1)Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 1)
May 18, 2010

Dulwich was known to exist as a hamlet in 967AD and the word Dulwich in old English literally means "where dill grows." In the later Victorian era 'American Gardens' were becoming popular so an "American Garden' was designed in 1887 and opened to the public in 1890. Queen Mary enjoyed her visits here to see the Rhododendrons and Azaleas; she in fact made an annual visit every year in May! Although a much loved park by Queen Mary, it is not a Royal Park like our eight Royal Parks in and around London.

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Meet Fritz!Meet Fritz!
May 13, 2010

Fritz is a welcome visitor to our garden. He is not always a regular and doesn't stay long, but his popularity is unmatched - if and when he does show up!

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My Tree Ferns, or Dicksonia AntarcticaMy Tree Ferns, or Dicksonia Antarctica
May 12, 2010

These beautiful plants have been found as fossils over 150 million years old. Like a lot of plants, they are suffering from deforestation and are taken from the wild as the loggers can sell them. Unfortunately they are expensive and have become a sort of status symbol for some.

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All About BegoniasAll About Begonias
May 2, 2010

Begonias come in many shapes, sizes, types, and leaf colors. They make good houseplants, but they require a bit more care than the average houseplant. I rate them as an 8 out of 10 on the scale of difficulty indoors in the winter but they're 2 out of 10 outdoors in the summer.

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Adenium: From Parents to ProgenyAdenium: From Parents to Progeny
May 2, 2010

I'm no expert, but I've been doing this for 25 years and I've learned a few things; one of them is how to make adenium produce seed pods. The photo shows a few I picked last week. As I said, I ain't no expert, but it sure has worked for me. I will start from the beginning, from what I use to pollinate the flower all the way to planting the seeds and having seedlings sprouting.

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Adenium 101Adenium 101
April 27, 2010

I use the same potting mix for starting seed and for growing them to about 8 months. At that point I move them up to larger pots and to one of two mixes.

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The beauty of Bark, Flowers, and LeavesThe beauty of Bark, Flowers, and Leaves
April 25, 2010

As spring unfolds its true majesty, we gasp at the beauty of spring flowers and rightly so. But there are also some wonderful delights to see in plants, in their bark or in the colour and texture of their leaves.

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Beckenham Place Park and Carl LinnaeusBeckenham Place Park and Carl Linnaeus
April 19, 2010

This incredibly beautiful and historic park is a hidden jewel, 237 acres of pure magic and mystery. I always did find something to stare and wonder at years ago when I first worked in it; I still do on the regular visits I take now. It is simply an enigmatic, awesome and breathtaking place of indescribable beauty set in vast proportions.

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London's Green ParksLondon's Green Parks
April 17, 2010

People think of London as a sprawling mass of concrete or lots of old ancient buildings with an untold history, but it is a lot more than that. Around London is the protected 'Green Belt' and in London itself there are many green spaces; from the giant Royal Parks, Botanic Gardens, privately owned parks to more modest parks, then the Victorian Parks, down to the much used Municipal\Council Parks; all beautiful and each one designed and kept for a different use and reason.

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The Runaway BallsThe Runaway Balls
April 15, 2010

My husband surprised me one day with two large stone balls for the front garden. He had to have two men help him place them. I just loved them peeking out of the salvias near the sidewalk. Our neighbors would walk up the hill and take a rest, letting their kids sit on top of the balls. This is a story of how the balls wound up hidden in our backyard.

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Simple Delight:  A Hanging Basket with Many UsesSimple Delight: A Hanging Basket with Many Uses
April 13, 2010

Here is a fragrant and simple hanging basket in which many of the plants can be grown from seeds or simply purchased in the spring and planted together for an immediate full display. However, its virtues go far beyond providing basic visual interest in the garden. Read on to find out more!

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Talking About NasturtiumsTalking About Nasturtiums
April 12, 2010

I have a personal fondness for this old-fashioned flower. Its delicate fragrance takes me back to when I was a young girl spending many hours in the garden. The taste of the sweet nectar from the spur of the nasturtium, the skipper butterflies fluttering around, and the ladybugs . . . I'm transported back in time.

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