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3 reasons why the Fritillaria meleagris is like a panda

05.05.2014 - by

Our plant of the week, fritillaria meleagris (also known as snake’s head fritillary, guinea flower or chequer lily) is a striking wild flower native to Britain. But who would have thought that this small, purple Spring flower would have so much in common with a 160kg giant panda? Here are three reasons why:

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A common sense guide to feng shui: pick fabian aralia

13.01.2014 - by

Fabian aralia is suitable both indoors and outdoors – it looks great in a rock garden but also makes a magnificent pot plant and would make a stunning housewarming gift. (Presumably the feng shui experts would tell you to choose a smaller specimen to make sure it fits in a house).

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Be seen in the right places: Flower Shows in 2014

20.01.2014 - by

People who think gardening is uncool are fools. One only has to witness anyone who is anyone networking over a cream tea in a beautiful garden to realise that if you want to be seen in the right places, you’ll find that the right places are often gardens.

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Beetbox

22.01.2013 - by

Play drum beats by touching actual beets.

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Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was… Echeveria?

28.12.2013 - by

Our plant of the week is the Echeveria. Maybe not the prettiest but definitely one of the coolest. Her name is dedicated to a Mexican plant illustrator from the 18th century.

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Flower of the Week – Alstroemeria

23.10.2013 - by

Alstroemeria is a gorgeous flowering plant that's also known as Peruvian lily and lily of the Incas as although it isn't a lily, it does have a similar look.

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Flower of the Week – Aster

18.09.2013 - by

'Aster' comes from an Ancient Greek word meaning star. That gives you a clue as to the shape of the flower heads.

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Flower of the Week – Astilbe

02.10.2013 - by

If you've got a troublesome boggy part of your garden, you simply must consider the astilbe.

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Flower of the Week – Freesia

09.10.2013 - by

Freesias originate from South Africa. And this week they're our "Flowers of the Week"!

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Flower of the Week – The Iris

25.09.2013 - by

Irises are a stunning looking plants, and despite their exotic looks they're actually very easy to grow.

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Flower of the Week: Calla Lily

19.06.2013 - by

The calla lily is also known as varkoor which is an Afrikaans word meaning 'pig's ear', a rather unfortunate name for this stunning looking flower.

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Flower of the week: Clematis

24.07.2013 - by

The word clematis literally means “a climbing plant”. There are more than 300 species of clematis and they make a really lovely addition to the garden.

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Flower of the Week: Dahlia

12.06.2013 - by

Named after the botanical author Anders Dahl, dahlias are a popular garden plant for several reasons.

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Flower of the week: Gardenia

26.08.2013 - by

The gardenia is named after the very aptly named Scottish naturalist Dr Alexander Garden. There are 142 species of gardenia.

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Flower of the Week: Geranium

31.07.2013 - by

Despite their delicate looks the hardy geraniums are pretty robust and easy to grow.

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Flower of the week: Gladiolus

04.09.2013 - by

The word gladiolus comes from the Latin word gladius meaning sword, due to it's tall sword like spike of flowers.

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Flower of the week: Hydrangea

14.08.2013 - by

The hydrangea is originally from Asia but it's a pretty common garden plant in many parts of the world these days.

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Flower of the Week: Peony

26.06.2013 - by

With their gorgeous fragrance and large flowers packed full of petals, the peony is a popular plant in the garden.

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Flower of the week: Pink turtlehead

07.08.2013 - by

Pink turtleheads are lovely wildflowers that are very easy to grow in the garden and with their tall spikes of bright pink flowers they have a big impact.

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