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.
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.
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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.