It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with bits of stone or even (horror upon horrors) broken concrete. The result is not a rock garden
and it must be hoped Read more [...]
How to Grow Lettuces
An indispensible crop and the epitome of summer, though they can be grown nearly all year round. No garden should be without a few.
Nothing in particular but avoid land that is too firm or waterlogged. Plenty of organic matter leads to rapid growth and the tastiest lettuces
12-24 lettuces per 10ft (3m) Read more [...]
Growing Brussels Sprouts
Sprouts have always been one of the most popular winter green vegetables. They can be grown to give you a supply of sprouts from September to March. Unless you want to strip the plants at a single pick and then freeze the harvest, pick-over varieties should be grown.
The soil should be well-supplied with organic matter and must, Read more [...]
How to Grow Strawberries
These are probably the most rewarding of all fruits — there is nothing like the taste of your own first fresh-picked strawberry
, or the second, or the third . . .
Strawberries need a very rich soil, full of humus, and benefit from slow- release sources of phosphorus, such as bonemeal. The site must be free of weeds and prepared well with additions Read more [...]
The Gorse or Whin, valuable for coastal planting and for a wind-swept situation. U. europaeus, the Common Gorse, grows 5 ft (1.5 m) tall and makes a dense prickly shrub with its spiny scale-like foliage. It bears brilliant yellow pea-like flowers intermittently throughout the year and is a blaze of colour from February until June. The double form is even more colourful. U. Read more [...]
Zantedescia aethiopica, in the warmer parts of the British Isles, may be grown outdoors to bloom in summer, to be lifted indoors in autumn like chrysanthemums. Known as the Calla or Arum Lily
, it is not a lily
but an aroid, growing from a corm. It may be given cold house culture throughout when it will bloom early in summer, though with a temperature of 55°F (13°C), it will Read more [...]
An annual and native of South Africa, Xeranthemum annuum is a pretty everlasting flower, sending up its daisy-like flowers, borne singly on 2 ft (60 cm) stems, during July and August.
The flowers have an outer ring of petals and with numerous petaloids at the centre.
They appear in all shades of crimson, rose and pink, also blush-white.
They require a sunny position Read more [...]
Red and Crimson
ALLEN CHANDLER. It blooms early in summer and again in autumn, bearing large single blooms of bright crimson-red.
COUNTESS OF STRADDROKE. Of vigorous habit, it has glossy green foliage and bears large crimson blooms which are richly fragrant.
CRAMOISIE SUPERIEURE. An old China rose of vigorous habit, bearing its rich red blooms throughout summer and autumn.
DANSE Read more [...]
BEATRICE. A fine variety, the large double flowers being of deep purple-blue.
BIANCA. The blooms are single and are white, splashed with purple.
BICOLOR. Most unusual, the top petals being deep purple whilst the lower petals are pale mauve.
BLUE BOY. The single blooms are of an exquisite shade of bright blue with a striking yellow centre. One of the earliest introductions Read more [...]
They require more light than begonia rex and even less moisture but otherwise are similar in their requirements, being happy in ordinary room temperatures and able to survive long periods without moisture. They are essentially indoor plants, which are not only of fascinating appearance but will prove a never-ending source of interest. The plants are easy to manage.
When Read more [...]
Such a soil will be of high acid reaction. It will be well-drained in winter and be retentive of moisture in summer but unless some preparation is done to counteract the acidity
, it will grow only a limited range of plants. A load of heavy loam
, sometimes to be obtained from a building site will do much to correct the acidity of the black peat
soil. Slow-acting fertilisers Read more [...]
ALICE RUTHERFORD. A deep golden yellow self of great beauty.
BLUE BELL. A dark blue self colour of great beauty.
CHARLES MC’CRERIE. A belted variety, the ground colour is pale sulphur, with a margin of violet.
GOLDEN GIFT. The ground is rich yellow, the belting and upper petals being of violet.
JAMES FERGUSON. The ground is of rich Jersey cream colouring, the Read more [...]
Though not usually considered a border plant, this compact form of the exotic desert plant is in no way out of place at the back of a large border, especially the double border. Two or three plants at regular intervals will, when bearing their huge branched buff panicles in autumn, bring an exotic touch to the border or it may be used as a focal point on a lawn.
Yucca filamentosa Read more [...]
It is not generally appreciated that annuals
are ideal plants for naturalizing or broadcast sowing. This is often how they grow in their natural habitat
, and by using this method some striking effects can be achieved at very little cost, an item of some consequence these days. Obviously it is not practicable to naturalize in a very small garden, but such sites as a paddock, Read more [...]
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