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Varieties of Saint Paulias

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 … Continue reading

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Scented-Leafed Pelargoniums

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 … Continue reading

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Types of Garden Soil

ACID 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 … Continue reading

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Varieties of Show Pansies

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 … Continue reading

03. July 2017 by admin
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Garden Annuals for Naturalizing

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, … Continue reading

07. June 2017 by admin
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The Cultivation of Half-Hardy Annuals

WHILE the cultivation of half-hardy annuals calls for slightly more attention than hardy annuals, there are no very great difficulties, and the extra facilities required can be confined to modest proportions. As their name suggests, half-hardy annuals will not tolerate … Continue reading

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Zygocactus

Known as the Christmas Cactus, Zygocactus truncatus is one of the most interesting of indoor plants, being easily grown and propagated, and its attractive cerise-pink flowers, which are borne in winter, make it one of the best of all indoor … Continue reading

07. June 2017 by admin
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Zenobia

Closely allied to vaccinum and requiring the same acid soil conditions, Zenobia speciosa ‘Pulverulenta’ is a handsome shrub growing 3-4 ft (1 m) tall, its leaves and stems covered in glaucous ‘bloom’. It blooms in midsummer, bearing its scented bell-shaped … Continue reading

06. June 2017 by admin
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Saving Your Garden Seeds

THE fact that most annuals are raised from seed (a few can be propagated from cuttings) adds a greater significance and value to seed collecting. Practically every annual produces a rich harvest of seed, and collecting, drying and storing it … Continue reading

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Annuals for Special Purposes

The Cool Greenhouse Few people have facilities for growing large quantities of annuals under glass and the cultivation of such plants in pots in the cool greenhouse involves a lot of work, but it pays handsome dividends and some magnificent … Continue reading

03. June 2017 by admin
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