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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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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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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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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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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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