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The Oldest Trees in Kew Gardens

Two of Kew’s oldest trees are a locust tree or false acacia, and a maidenhair or ginkgo, both planted in 1762 in the first botanic garden initiated at Kew by Princess Augusta. The locust tree, approaching the end of its … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by admin
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Kew Gardens, World of Plants and History of Kew

PAST AND PRESENT Originally an eighteenth-century royal estate, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, now contain one of the largest collections of living plants anywhere in the world, with flora from habitats as diverse as tropical forests, deserts and coral reefs. … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by admin
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Year Round Greenhouse Gardening Reminders

Greenhouse Gardening Reminders for January January is the month when there is possibly more space in the greenhouse than at any other time of year and the opportunity should be taken to thoroughly wash down the house, both inside and … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by admin
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The Benefits to Trees in Kew Gardens When London Became a Smokeless Zone

As early as Victorian times, smogs had caused problems at the Royal Botanical Gardens, known as Kew Gardens, in Richmond, Surrey. The glass in the botanical houses was so badly covered with grime from smogs, that the light transmission was … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by admin
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Chrysanthemums and How to Grow Them Well

Equipment Required The Chrysanthemum is often called ‘The Queen of the Autumn’, and well deserves the name. A great diversity of form and colour can be produced indoors from October until January, when such beauty is hard to find. Another … Continue reading

06. June 2017 by admin
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CHRYSANTHEMUM GROWING: SECURING AND SWELLING THE BUD

IF all goes well, the buds should arrive in due course at the apex of each stem, and will be surrounded by other buds or leafy growths. To obtain the finest results it is necessary to remove all growths except … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by admin
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First Flowers of Spring

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 … Continue reading

23. May 2017 by admin
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Tender Perennials in the Garden

TENDER PERENNIALS 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 … Continue reading

13. May 2017 by admin
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Bleeding heart: Dicentra spectabilis

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 … Continue reading

13. May 2017 by admin
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Thrift: Armeria maritima

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 … Continue reading

13. May 2017 by admin
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