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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...

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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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Nursery: ten years on
Florez Nursery November 2005  It is always interesting to look back to see what you were growing ten years ago and have a "then and now moment". No more plants in green pots all replaced with basic black to start with and those daylilies/hemerocallis in the...

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Huntsman spider resting on #Euphorbia ammak before making a move to set up home on the living room ceiling or on the car dashboard.
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welcome to spring !
  Two days into
spring and I notice the first Hibiscus beetles have set up home in the
top leaves of some of my stock plants; the flea beetles have landed on
their favourite Heliotrope and Plectranthus ; and t he plague of curl grubs, pictured above, nev...

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a few winter Hibiscus
  June is still a good month to have Hibiscus coming into flower particularly if the days are sunny and there is no wind chill factor. The surprising thing is the blooms often take on richer and darker colours and they may last for several days instead of t...

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Hibiscus paramutabilis
  Hibiscus paramutabilis ( Malvaceae ) Yep, it's as bright as the photo depicts ,visible from a hundred metres away like a beacon. Fuchsia pink or cerise pink, hot pink take your pick.This Hibiscus is now starting to become more widely known perhaps because...

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Osmanthus fragrans
  Osmanthus fragrans ( Oleaceae ) This shrub from China and southern Japan scrapes into the top twenty best perfumed plants for the delicious intense ripe apricot scent which is released from the very small brownish white flowers. It can be elusive though a...
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