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Ian Percy
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Finding the perfect chilli
Last year I saved seed from what I thought was the perfect chilli. By that I mean one which has the right amount of heat for my taste and one which can be used either whole and green in say a vegetable curry or chopped and red in sauces and marinades. The b...
Finding the perfect chilli
Finding the perfect chilli
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Orthophytum gurkenii
  Orthophytum gurkenii I have been growing this unusual Bromeliad for a number of years and it seems never to be without one or two flower stems. The 40cm tall arching inflorescence is a striking chartreuse green in colour which contrasts well with the bron...
Orthophytum gurkenii
Orthophytum gurkenii
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Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Limelight'
  Dracaena deremensis ' Janet Craig Limelight' The multi-branched garden planted specimen of this plant is now about three metres tall and growing under house eaves in a shady spot. It does not look half as good as the potted specimens I have pictured here ...
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Platykelba insigne
Platykelba insigne ( Ascelepiadoideae ) Simplicity itself is the appeal of a plant which goes through life as a mass of cascading stems while producing (allegedly) perfumed flowers. I have yet to see any flowers so I can't comment on that and it is always a...
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Platykelba insigne
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Orbea variegata
Orbea variegata syn Stapelia variegata Developing seed pods in "V for Victory" mode This spreading ground cover succulent has fleshy stems which resemble in size and shape crinkle-cut potatoes. Container grown plants quickly fill the space with these stems/...
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Orbea variegata
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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'New Idea'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'New Idea' This is a 1990's Australian Hibiscus of Greg and Julie Lindsay (Hibiscus Paradise Nursery) from 'Pro Legato' x 'Harvest Moon'. The carmine red flowers are occasionally splashed with white and they last for 2 to 3 days. It n...
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'New Idea'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'New Idea'
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Verbena x hybrida
Verbena x hybrida 'Flagship' ( Verbenaceae ) During the 'hottest October on record' I thought it best to choose and plant out summer annuals which are better able to cope with dry and hot conditions. One of the most adapted to these conditions is Verbena. I...
Verbena x hybrida
Verbena x hybrida
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Angelica pachycarpa
Flower of Angelica pachycarpa Ripening seed of Angelica pachycarpa This is not the herb Angelica but the glossy leaved biennial plant which is noted for its wonderful structure, especially the way the leaves clasp the stem and fan out from it, as well as th...
Angelica pachycarpa
Angelica pachycarpa
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At this time of year the gardening hashtag is "summer-promise" as seed sowing for all that is bright, colourful and bountiful of the warmer months has commenced. I am always on the lookout for what seed companies offer as "new" which might be worth a try while I keep saved seeds sealed in plastic bags in the lower section of the refrigerator and take delight in deciding what I should try out this year round. Of course at least a percentage of what gets sown either "fails to launch" #houstonwehaveaproblem because of low viability or for some quirk in the weather which sees a sudden jump or lowering of temperatures putting the germination process at risk of failure. Even with successful germination there are those issues to deal with such as "thin out to the strongest seedlings" which always seems like a waste to me. "But I don't want to throw you away after all this effort" goes through my mind. Worse still is leaving the seedlings too long before pricking out, potting on or planting out. Many a batch I have left in their "crib" as I watch them turn yellow or flower in miniature because I have not paid them attention when due. Better to grow just a few selected plants really well than try for dozens of a variety if you don't have the time to care for them as they develop is what I am aiming for this spring and summer.
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