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Primroses

Even before the Daffodils burst into their sunshine display the bright flowers of the Primrose family are a cheering sight, making fun of the winter gloom by flowering tenaciously. The Primulaceae actually comprise nearly 1,000 species which include wild Primrose, Primula, and Auricula. Not all flower this early but those that do are very welcome. I particularly like our native Primrose "Primula vulgaris" with its delicate yellow flowers. This is very hardy and may flower before Christmas altho
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How to Grow Pinks and Carnations

Pinks are not necessarily pink at all and come in a wide range of hues from white to cerise to purple and red. Pinks and Carnations belong to the genus Dianthus. Both have attractive flowers which are usually scented and have grey/green foliage. They can be divided into Old Fashioned Pinks, Modern Pinks, Border Carnations and Perpetual Flowering Carnations. Flowers come in single colours - known as 'self', two or more colours referred to as 'fancy' or edged in a different colour which is termed
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How to Choose and Grow Herbs

There are many reasons to grow herbs. Essentially to merit a place in the garden a herb really needs to fulfil three requirements. Firstly it needs to be something you want to eat. Secondly you want to be able to enjoy its scent and thirdly to enjoy looking at it. Fortunately there are a vast number of herbs that deliver on all three planks of this manifesto. What is more herbs are really easy to grow. Most enjoy a sunny site and good drainage. They actually prefer to struggle a bit and do not r
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Getting to Grips with Compost

Here is a basic guide to what's what in the compost world. John Innes composts are based on loam. Loam based composts tend to have better water retaining attributes and to re wet more easily than peat based composts. Loam is a fairly heavy material and it is particularly useful in containers where the pot needs to be stable enough to copy with a tall plant or specimen plant without toppling over in high winds. Multi-Purpose compost speaks for itself. It can be used for seeds although I prefer
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Summer Flowering Bulbs

When one thinks of bulbs it is usually the spring flowering Daffodils and Crocus that come to mind. However, some of the most colourful and dramatic summer flowering plants are grown from bulbs and tubers. Summer flowering bulbs start to appear in garden centres in January for planting later in the spring. If you are looking for a boost on a dull January day choosing some summer bulbs could be just the ticket, you only need to look at the packets to feel warmer. Summer bulbs do not take up mu
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