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Wall-Trained Fruit

Fruits are another group of plants which enjoy the shelter of a wall if space is available; they include apples, pears, plums (including gages), peaches, apricots and nectarines, and all provide, in addition to good quality fruit, a display of … Continue reading

25. May 2014 by admin
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Lady Palm or Ground Rattan Rhapis

This decorative bamboo palm, a member of the Arecaceae or palm family, is native to China. The genus is made up of only two species: Rhapis excelsa and Rhapis humilis. The green leaves consist of 20 or more, deep green … Continue reading

27. January 2014 by admin
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The Development of Garden Flowers

The appearance of a healthy flower is due to its inherited characteristics, and these are determined by the genes carried by the chromosomes in its cells. Each gene is responsible for a certain feature of the plant such as its … Continue reading

17. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers of Asia

Whether the Garden of Eden was a reality or just a myth, the fact remains that Asia has given to the world its most delicious fruits and many of its finest flowers. The ancient trade routes from China to India … Continue reading

17. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers of Africa

With the exception of South Africa, the African continent as a whole is not noted for its flowers. It is characterized instead by the vast extent of certain kinds of rather monotonous types of vegetation, such as for example the … Continue reading

17. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers of Australia

When Captain Cook reached Australia on his first voyage, the two botanists who had joined the expedition, Dr Solander and Joseph Banks, were amazed at the richness of the flora they discovered and gave the name Botany Bay to their … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers of South America

Golden trumpet Allamanda cathartica Family Apocynaceae The golden trumpet is a forest climber in its wild state, but can also be trained as a bush and is often grown in this fashion in gardens in tropical Africa. It will only … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by admin
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North American Flowers

Botanically Canada has much in common with Scandinavia and Siberia in that a large area consists of rather flat coniferous forest land broken by numerous lakes. Despite the fact that the spruce trees and pines of Canada and the United … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers of Europe

Compared to the continents with a warmer climate, Europe is poor in plant species. However many of the flowers of this region have great charm and delicacy and their comparatively small stature sets them apart from flamboyant tropical blooms. There … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by admin
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Flowers that change the landscape

It is not in the rampant vegetation of tropical jungles that the most colourful displays of flowers are to be seen. A hot, moist climate encourages the development of foliage, but the flowers seldom dominate the picture, although individually they … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by admin
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