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Dave's Garden Articles: By Sue Taylor

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Gardening With Architectural Plants
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Sometimes a border needs a big bold statement, something to draw the eye. This is where architectural plants come in!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Perfect Pokers - Stars of the Late Summer Border
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Long neglected, Kniphofias, known as torch lilies or red hot pokers have recently enjoyed a re-emergence into the forefront of the late summer border. Wonderful new hybrids are enriching the hot colour spectrum.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Great English gardens - Bide A Wee Cottage garden
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

In a quiet part of Northumberland amid sheep grazing fields lies one of the most wonderful gardens in the country.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

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Great English gardens: Howick Hall
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Home of the former Earl Grey, Howick Hall is a large garden in Northumberland in the north east of England. The plantings were begun around 1920 and the gardens include a bog garden with pond, woodland, formal borders, meadows, streams and rockeries.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

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Move on with Cybister amaryllis
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

You've grown an amaryllis bulb from the box kit you got for Christmas. Welcome to the wonderful world of Hippeastrums! Now you can explore the many different varieties available and try the new Cybister hybrids..

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Friday, November 30, 2012

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English Daisies
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

A lawn weed to some, a delightful wild flower to others, the daisy is a plant that has been cultivated for hundreds of years. It has many cultivars, mostly used as spring bedding.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Bringing Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs out of dormancy
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Hippeastrum bulbs provide one of the showiest flowering displays during the winter months when for a lot of us there isn't much to see outside in our gardens. They are readily available even in supermarkets, most often in boxes, for purchase leading up to the winter holidays. But after their display is over they are too readily discarded. I'd like to encourage you to keep the plants growing for another show next year, and also explain what to do when your plant goes dormant.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Camellias - An introduction
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Unrivalled as a winter flowering shrub, camellias are evergreen hardy shrubs native to Asia. The most grown is probably the tea plant, camellia sinensis, but for gardeners there are hundreds of hybrid varieties to choose from. They make wonderful additions to gardens, shrubberies and woodland plantings. Camellias are acid lovers and will not thrive in chalky soils.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Vita Sackville-West
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

A British poet and novelist, Victoria Sackville-West, or Vita as she was known, created with her husband Harold Nicholson one of the most famous gardens in the world at Sissinghurst in Kent.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

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Christmas Box: Growing Sarcococca
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

A slow growing shrub which is an essential addition to the winter garden for its small powerfully scented blooms. A small evergreen, Christmas box brings much needed bloom and scent to the gardening off-season!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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In praise of the colour orange
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Orange has long had a reputation as being the most 'difficult' colour to use in the garden. I've personally heard gardeners say they don't like the colour or find it too 'strong'. This bemuses me as orange is one of the most 'natural' colours in nature. Consider sunsets, autumn leaves, crackling fires, molten lava, pumpkins and well, oranges! Using orange in the garden can produce truly inspiring results. I hope fans of the colour will enjoy this article, and those who've never used it or are a little frightened of using it will give it a try.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Sweet Peas
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

The sweet pea is an annual vine in the pea family. In cultivation since the seventeenth century, it is immensely popular as a cut flower. It has been grown as an exhibition plant for many years and is renowned for its enchanting fragrance.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Great English gardens - Alnwick Garden
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Created by Jane, Duchess of Northumberland and opened in 2002, the Alnwick garden is one of the garden highlights of the UK.

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