Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – June 2016 – Rosa ‘Jasmina’

Order: Rosales       Family: Rosaceae     Subfamily: Rosoideae Genus: Rosa          Type: Perennial        Propagation: Seed, plant propagation, cuttings, grafting Native to: Mostly Asia, some Europe and North America This rose is a spectacular rambler with such vivacity that I have to hack through it after the first flowering in order to stop it from invading the whole garden.… Continue reading Plant of the month – June 2016 – Rosa ‘Jasmina’

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A list of slug-proof plants

As my garden is completely organic, slug pellets are prohibited. The organic status makes sure we have plenty of birds and lots of happy bees, but we also have a healthy population of snails and slugs. We also heard from the Hampshire Wildlife Trust that hedgehogs are dying by the thousands, killed by second-hand poisoning,… Continue reading A list of slug-proof plants

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The Birdbath Coup

“It will never work”       “They will completely ignore it”       “It will always be filthy” That was Mr. Flora’s Patch’s verdict on the general usefulness of a birdbath. Eventually he gave in, probably because it was easier. On a sale day at the garden centre, I got my birds a bath and proudly installed it by… Continue reading The Birdbath Coup

Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – May 2016 – Aquilegia

Order: Ranunculales                  Family: Ranunculaceae Subfamily: Thalictroideae        Genus: Aquilegia Type: Hardy perennial                Propagation: Seed Native to: Europe and North America I never planted an Aquilegia, yet at this time of year my garden is full of them. They are not fancy ones with strange colours and extra long spurs at the… Continue reading Plant of the month – May 2016 – Aquilegia