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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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