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XERANTHEMUM

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 … Continue reading

04. July 2017 by admin
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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

04. July 2017 by admin
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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

04. 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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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

06. June 2017 by admin
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Tubs for the Garden

As an alternative, or in addition to a window-box or trough garden, to be used on a terrace or verandah, or around the walls of a paved yard where there is no garden, tubs filled with plants will be an … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by admin
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LOOKING AFTER YOUR WINDOW BOX

Planting will take place late in autumn for the spring flowering plants and bulbs, and again in early summer when the plants are replaced by those which bloom through summer and autumn. Where planting is to be done directly into … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by admin
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How to Fill a Window Box

Before placing any compost in the boxes it will be necessary to ensure drainage. First, the holes in the base must be made so that the soil does not fall through, and this is best done by placing a piece … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by admin
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