, plant breeders have now solved three problems. Cucumbers bear male and female flowers separately, and it has always been necessary, when growing the traditional long, smooth, greenhouse or frame cucumbers, to remove all the male flowers. Otherwise they were pollinated, resulting in bitter misshapen fruits.
The plant breeders, Read more [...]
Cucumbers are not the easiest of vegetables to grow, but if you choose the right varieties to start with and give them the regular care they need, you can produce a successful crop at your first attempt.
As well as the usual salad uses, there are various recipes in which cucumbers
can be included; they can even be stuffed and cooked. They are a more Read more [...]
How to Grow Cucumbers
Cucumber - Cucumis sativa
A member of the Gourd family, this subject has a long history of culture, being mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the fruits the Israelites longed for while in captivity.
There are records showing that the Romans went to a lot of trouble to cultivate cucumbers
, which apparently were regularly Read more [...]
Guide to Growing Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts - Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
The Brussels sprout vegetable was known and cultivated in Belgium, particularly in areas around Brussels nearly 800 years ago.
For best results provide an open, airy situation, with wide spacing, to ensure good sprout development. A long season of growth is required. Read more [...]
Guide to Growing Lettuces
There are two main types of lettuce
, the cabbage
and the cos, and a great many varieties of each differing in colour, crispness, size and season.
Lettuces like a well-dug, rather rich, well-manured soil
. They are frequently treated purely as a catch-crop, and good yields can be obtained from sowings made on the ridges of Read more [...]
PERHAPS NOTHING IS MORE WELCOME in the garden than the first sightings of spring flowers to mark the end of the drab days of winter.
Snowdrops are ideally grown in a woodland situation although they will prosper in cool, moist soil
at the base of a sunless wall. Here they look splendid in contrast to the deep red leaves of bergenia.
Anemone blanda Read more [...]
AMONGST THE LOVELIEST and most desirable of summer flowers are those which will not withstand frost. Less-hardy plants make excellent subjects for pots and containers. Grouped together on a terrace or beside a door they can form an attractive feature.
Lobelia syphilitica - These elegant blue spires would enhance most situations. Read more [...]
Dicentra spectabilis is a widely distributed, hardy herbaceous perennial that produces red and white, heart-shaped flowers borne on arching stems in late spring and summer. It is a member of the Papaveraceae family and is native to the eastern part of North America. Bleeding heart grows about 80 cm (32 in) high and makes an excellent container plant Read more [...]
Armeria is a genus with 80 bushy, cushion-forming, evergreen herbaceous perennials
that belong to the Plumbaginaceae. The common thrift grows in the coastal regions of Europe and is often planted in rockeries, flowerbeds, pots and large containers. This grass-like herbaceous perennial with narrow, dark green leaves bears white, pink or purple flower Read more [...]
CONTINUITY OF BLOOM
As the season progresses early-flowering plants. Including many of the spring bulbs, will have finished blooming and have died down. To achieve continuity and a well furnished look, these gaps must be filled. In many cases the later-flowering perennials will reach maturity to obscure vacant spaces. Additionally, annuals
, such Read more [...]
Arabis procurrens, a species of the Arabis genus that itself belongs to the family of the Cruciferae, occurs in the wild in the rocky regions of Europe, Asia and North-Africa. It is a mat-forming
, evergreen herbaceous perennial with dense, flat rosettes of narrow, glossy green leaves with creamy-coloured edges and sometimes also variegated with pink. Read more [...]
MIDSUMMER AIR is perfumed with bewitching scents carried on gentle breezes. Bees murmur throughout long, dreamy days and borders are over-run with fragrant blooms.
Dianthus ‘Gravetye Gem’ - All the pinks enjoy an open, free draining site. 20 x 30cm/8in x 1ft
Dianthus ‘Pike’s Pink’ - A delightful subject for the rock Read more [...]
SHEETS OF WOOD ANEMONE in the wild are one of the delights of springtime.
‘Hose-in-Hose’ - Unusual for flowering above a tiny ruff of leaves. 10 x 10cm/1 x 1in
Vinca minor “Burgundy’ - A coloured form of the lesser periwinkle in bloom from mid-spring to autumn. 15 x 60cm+/6in x 2ft+
Anemone apennina - The blue Read more [...]
is one of about 120 mostly evergreen herbaceous perennials
belonging to the family of the Cruciferae. It is native to the rocky regions of Europe, Asia and north Africa. As a result they are all very undemanding and easy plants to grow. They are ideal for growing in rockeries, as edging of terraces or in gaps in walls where they spread Read more [...]
Perennials are flowers that die down in the autumn and spend winter as underground roots but reappear each spring. They were traditionally used as the mainstay of herbaceous borders
, but nowadays are frequently grown as single plants in containers as well as in stylish borders. Perennials are a varied group of plants and there are some to suit all situations Read more [...]
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