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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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Order, order

02.05.2014 - by

Some are born liking order; some achieve order; some have order thrust upon them.

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Sweet violet: A short story of romance

10.03.2014 - by

“You to whom nature has given spirit, sweetness and beauty; you who alone can move and rule my heart…” Napoleon Bonaparte, 1797

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What do a bulldog and an avocado have in common?

20.02.2014 - by

More than you might think… It was Darwin who originally postulated the idea of natural selection – that is, the gradual process by which biological traits become more or less common in a species. It’s how micro-organisms adapt to stay alive despite antibiotics, and it’s how the Darwin Award winners die…

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For our singles

13.02.2014 - by

For Valentine's Day the dahlia "happy single"

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M, 35, GSOH, Good in [flower] bed

04.02.2014 - by

Forget a fast car… what you want a man to own is an allotment. According to a new study gardening makes us sexy.

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Teenage years: solved

03.02.2014 - by

Being a teenager is tough. Here’s one way to make it a little bit easier. Our plant of the week witch hazel comes into play.

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Green Vader

03.02.2014 - by

Luke was right: "there's still good in him"

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Rubber plant - I’d tap that

21.01.2014 - by

It’s a pretty unassuming plant, but the Ficus elastica is as dirty as the plant world gets. We’re not talking mud and soil dirty... ficus is the rubber tree, a source of rubber and latex – in short, fetishists wouldn’t know where they’d be without it.

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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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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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When is a dog’s tongue like a dog’s tongue?

07.01.2014 - by

The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent native to Madagascar that thrives in direct sunlight and loamy or sandy soil – a great option for low-maintenance gardens, rock gardens or even container gardens.

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Garden-music: songs to sing to your plants (part 1)

29.12.2013 - by

Experiments have shown that plants flourish when played music (well certain types, anyway. According to this experiment, if you want your astroemerias to be resistant to disease and to flower well, you should play Black Sabbath music). So the dedicated gardener will play or sing music to their plants – and we’ve come up with some of the best (and worst) garden-related song choices.

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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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My Fake Plants Died

20.12.2013 - by

From march 2010 until february 2011 the artist formed one new text on the wall of Kiasma museum every week.

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In the bleak midwinter… find Eden

19.12.2013 - by

What about visiting a gardening or nature exhibition during those fading winter days? We've selected a few exhibitions you might like. We do.

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Our Plant Of The Week: The Christmas Cactus

17.12.2013 - by

After the Christmas holiday period, the Christmas cactus should be given about 30 days’ rest (in a cool room with limited water). If only we could all get the same break…

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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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Living trainers

10.10.2013 - by

So Adidas has been embracing their green side and created these fantastic garden billboards...

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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: –Pot Marigold

11.09.2013 - by

You've got to love the humble pot marigold. They're so easy to grow that some gardeners may ignore them, but they really are gorgeous with their large yellow or orange flower heads, packed full of petals; they can't help but make you smile.

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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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Peter Pink (Non)sense Maker

27.08.2013 - by

The world needs a little more nonsense in it, and that is just what German artist Peter Pink is adding with his fun urban installations.

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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: 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: 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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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: 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: The Rose

17.07.2013 - by

To quote Shakespeare: 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. We could fill pages about the rose, perhaps the most famous flower in the world, a universal symbol of love and highly revered by gardeners.

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What to do in July in the garden - our top jobs

11.07.2013 - by

At the time of writing the sky is distinctly grey, BUT we have had some warm weekends and the forecast is good for the rest of the month. So no excuse not to be out there...

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Flower of the Week: The Orchid

10.07.2013 - by

Did you know that the name orchid comes from a Greek word meaning testicle, referring to the shape of the root – delightful!

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Flower of the Week: White Daisy

03.07.2013 - by

There are several species of white daisy, the smallest just two or three inches in height, and larger species growing up to four feet high.

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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: 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: 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: The Passion Flower

05.06.2013 - by

If you're looking for a climbing plant that's a little different then you should definitely check out the passion flower with it's striking and unusual flowers.

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Flower of the Week: The Violet

29.05.2013 - by

The humble violet is often overlooked due to its small size, but it's a very pretty plant, worthy of some attention.

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In the air

28.05.2013 - by

Learning should be fun, so we're impressed with this cartoon that educates as it entertains. If only all that information we had to learn for school could have been presented in such a delightful way, we'd probably all be far wiser now ;)

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This month - The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

21.05.2013 - by

The 2013 Chelsea Flower Show is set to be held from May 21st to the 25th and once again is looking like it's going to be an amazing event.

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These boots ain't made for walking

17.05.2013 - by

Sometimes it's better to go green than to go out. These boots are definitely not made for walking - Nancy Sinatra would hate them...

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Gardeners know all the dirt

03.05.2013 - by

Gardeners have a complicated relationship with dirt. So we dedicate this image to all the dirt-diggers out there.

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Happy Easter

28.03.2013 - by

Happy Easter from all of us. Make sure your shrubs grow thick.

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Words: Weeds

10.02.2013 - by

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

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Beetbox

22.01.2013 - by

Play drum beats by touching actual beets.

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