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Alys Fowler: Sweet peas | Life and style | The Guardian

 

 

They may be easy to germinate, but to get long stems and lovely blooms takes dedication. Photographs: Gap Photos

I love a bunch of sweet peas. There is something satisfying about a vase of them. The flirty rippled Spencers, the old fashioned grandifloras or the cupani varieties with their velvety dark colourings. But boy, it’s hard work to get there.

They may be easy to germinate, but to get long stems and lovely blooms takes dedication. You must create trenches of deep, rich soil, pinch and pluck away unnecessary appendages (the tendrils, for instance) to create perfect cordons, so that all the energy is concentrated into flowers. Then pick like mad to keep up production.

via Alys Fowler: Sweet peas | Life and style | The Guardian.

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February 5, 2011 Posted by | culture, environmental, gardens, natural, sun | | Leave a comment

Boom time for berries – Telegraph

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Boom time for berries – Telegraph.

For a really good fruiting year you need a whole set of circumstances. The first is that the previous autumn is warm and long, so that the fruiting wood has plenty of time to grow.

Then you need the previous winter to have been properly cold. A lot of fruit trees are programmed to only produce fruit after a truly cold winter. With the trend for warmer winters, this spark to fruit production has been lacking.

The cold also kills off huge numbers of the pests and parasites that can destroy the flower buds and the nascent fruit. It cleans the environment into which the new blossom will emerge.

November 10, 2010 Posted by | environmental, gardens, natural, recipe | , , , , | Leave a comment

LandscapeOnline.com :: Article : LASN October 2010 Ordinances: Poisonous Plants

 

 

LandscapeOnline.com :: Article : LASN October 2010 Ordinances: Poisonous Plants.

October 22, 2010 Posted by | death, environmental, gardens | | Leave a comment

Autumn in the United States Photos – National Geographic

Autumn in the United States Photos – National Geographic.

Photo: Red maple tree

Japanese Maple, North Carolina

Photograph by Melissa Farlow

The lacy leaves and wandering branches of a Japanese maple lend drama to the grounds of the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina. Built in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt, the Biltmore is the largest private residence in the United States and includes more than 75 acres (30 hectares) of manicured gardens.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | environmental, gardens, natural, seasons | | Leave a comment

Plant said to boost mood, quell hunger gets pharm attention – USATODAY.com

Plant said to boost mood, quell hunger gets pharm attention – USATODAY.com.

October 1, 2010 Posted by | culture, environmental, gardens, health | | Leave a comment

Clues to Climate Change Found In Antique Pressed Plants : TreeHugger

Clues to Climate Change Found In Antique Pressed Plants : TreeHugger.

September 28, 2010 Posted by | archaeology, environmental, gardens, history, natural | | Leave a comment

Old, pressed flowers give climate clues: study | Reuters

Old, pressed flowers give climate clues: study | Reuters.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | art, environmental, gardens, history | | Leave a comment

Fresh herbs: The two best ways to preserve them for the winter

Fresh herbs: The two best ways to preserve them for the winter.

August 31, 2010 Posted by | gardens, natural, recipe | | Leave a comment

Interactive: Know your garden bird song | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Interactive: Know your garden bird song | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | environmental, gardens, natural | Leave a comment

Gallery | Create a container garden: A step-by-step guide | ajc.com

Gallery | Create a container garden: A step-by-step guide | ajc.com.

July 20, 2010 Posted by | environmental, gardens | , | Leave a comment