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Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon' Buy bugbane (syn. Cimicifuga) Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea Group': Delivery by Crocus. Buy nerine Nerine bowdenii 'Ella K': Delivery by Crocus. Buy geranium Geranium (Cinereum Group) 'Thumbling Hearts': Delivery by Crocus. Buy hyssop Agastache 'Cotton Candy (PBR)': Delivery by Crocus. Buy beard tongue Penstemon 'Raven': Delivery by Crocus. Perennials for the cutting garden At some stage in June, your garden will be a glorious affair full of scent and soft flower.

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Placing a posy from the garden, close to a family hub like the kitchen table, unites your home and garden as effectively as having a huge picture window. You don’t Read full article Planting companions for roses Early flowering roses tend to come in shades of white, pink or purple-pink and most forms of the biennial foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, have toning flowers in similar colours. Buy anise hyssop Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster': Delivery by Crocus. Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Virgin (PBR)': Delivery by Crocus.

How to encourage beneficial insects All garden pests have natural enemies.

Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Virgin (PBR)': Delivery by Crocus

The trick is to encourage these beneficial insects and other creatures to take up residence in your garden so that they can do the pest management for you. The most effective way to do this is to provide the conditio Read full article How to use companion plants Companion planting is a method of growing different plants adjacent to one another for the benefit of one or both of the companions. Buy lily-turf Liriope muscari 'Monroe White': Delivery by Crocus. Difficult corner...

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Hi We have a problem area in our front garden. It is a triangular bed with two sides bounded by low walls, which form part of the boundaries to our property. The soil is more alkaline than acid, and has been described as silt, with quite a lot of flinty pebbles. Most of the front garden is lawn, with one rectangular bed below our kitchen window. Buy beard tongue Penstemon 'Apple Blossom': Delivery by Crocus. How to get more flowers Many flowering plants can be encouraged to produce better and longer-lasting displays with the minimum of effort.

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A plant produces flowers in order to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species.

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What are alpine plants? Gardens and gardeners, plant lovers and plant collectors from all over the world owe an enormous dept of gratitude to the plant hunters of the past and the present, for it is they who have bought plants, flowers, trees and vegetables of every kind to our gardens.

What are alpine plants?

The glorious rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias from remote wild placed such as the Himalayan Mountains - from Nepal and Sikkim, to Yunnan and Sichuan in China. The enormous number of bulbous species; crocus, cyclamen, galanthus, iris, lilies, narcissus and tulip – to name but a few, are predominately found in countries where the winter is cold and wet and the summer is hot and dry.

Scientists Discover That Plants Communicate via Mycorrhizae. By Dr.

Scientists Discover That Plants Communicate via Mycorrhizae

Mercola Human arrogance has always assumed we are evolutionarily superior to plants, but it appears that modern science may be the antidote to this egocentric view. Researchers in the UK have discovered an extensive underground network connecting plants by their roots, serving as a complex interplant communication system... a “plant Internet,” if you will. One organism is responsible for this amazing biochemical highway: a type of fungus called mycorrhizae. James Wong - Sowing seeds or planting cuttings? My...

Gardens: drug therapy for plants. With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to get an early start on taking hardwood cuttings, like figs and roses, as well as sowing seeds of long-season crops, such as chillies and aubergines.

Gardens: drug therapy for plants

If you are keen to up your chances in the dark days of February, there is an easy home remedy that could dramatically boost your success rate. Simply take a teaspoon of cinnamon from your spice rack and pop it into a litre of lukewarm water. Drop in half a 300mg soluble aspirin tablet, give the mixture a good stir, let it cool to room temperature and you are done. When it comes to planting time, soak your seeds and cuttings in this solution for an hour or two beforehand.

This will potentially give you higher germination rates, lower risks of infections and improve the plants’ overall vigour. I realise this may sound implausible to non-geeks, so here is the science. Notes from the garden shed: our love for mycorrhizal fungi — Global Generation. As Emma, our garden intern, and I work alongside Paul Richens, Global Generation’s Garden Manager, we are often reminded of one of his favourite sayings…“Feed the soil not the plant”, writes Community Gardener Ciara Wilkinson.

Notes from the garden shed: our love for mycorrhizal fungi — Global Generation

We grow our fruit and veg organically at the Skip Garden - no pesticides, no fertilisers, no scary chemicals that make your plants ’bigger’ or ‘greener’. Instead we process our kitchen and garden waste into rich compost, harvest ‘worm tea’ from our wormeries and grow comfrey (variety: Boking 14) that is concentrated into a thick liquid fertiliser. When added to our soils those tinctures and potions work positively with the microbes, bacteria and fungi that live below the surface of the soil. So you may ask… For at least 500 million years, the organisms known as mycorrhiazl fungi have been colonising the planet, providing a secondary root system for plants. Using the new Positive Psychology. Teaching Well-Being in SchoolsThe following is an excerpt from Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being First, a quiz: Question one: in one or two words, what do you most want for your children?

Using the new Positive Psychology

If you are like the thousands of parents I’ve polled you responded, “Happiness,” “Confidence,” “Contentment,” “Fulfillment,” “Balance,” “Good stuff,” “Kindness,” “Health,” “Satisfaction,” “Love,” “Being civilized,” “Meaning,” and the like. In short, well-being is your topmost priority for your children.Question two: in one or two words, what do schools teach? If you are like other parents, you responded, “Achievement,” “Thinking skills,” “Success,” “Conformity,” “Literacy,” “Math,” “Work,” “Test taking,” “Discipline,” and the like. WRAGS. The WRAG Scheme (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme) was launched in 1993 to provide hands-on practical horticultural training.


The concept is simple. The trainee gardens for 15 hours a week for a year, in a carefully sourced garden, under the instruction of a garden owner or head gardener. The concept is still the same but the emphasis has shifted - it is no longer just women returning to work after starting a family, many trainees are now career changers often fitting in around a current work commitment and an increasing number of men are also applying.

The scheme is administered by the WFGA through Co-Ordinators throughout England, Wales and parts of Scotland, who initially set up the garden placements and visit the trainees in each garden twice during the training year. The Co-Ordinators also track the training given with monthly reports. For extra information please see the FAQ / About WRAGS page. Please note that both men and women are welcome on the scheme. Are you passionate about helping people grow their own food? We’re now recruiting Master Gardeners in Camden and Islington!  Posted on 04 March 2014 by Nynke Brett Become a volunteer Master Gardener We’re looking for experienced and passionate food growers in Islington and Camden to support their communities to have a go at growing their own food.

You will be supporting individuals and communities in your neighbourhoods as well as have the opportunity to get involved in existing growing projects run by our partners, who focus on supporting users of mental health services, socially isolated (elderly), and individuals with health issues related to diabetes, obesity and heart disease. If this sounds interesting to you or someone you know have a look at the links below to find out more then get in touch.

Wildlife gardening

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