Saturday, 27 April 2019 07:42

Viburnum plicatum

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Japanese Snowball Bush

Deciduous, bushy shrub, with deeply viened, dark green leaves that turn red-purple in autumn. Horizontally-tiered branches bear rounded heads of white turning to pink, lacecap-type flowers during May. Ht.4mt. Red fruits that, turn black, in autumn. Good grown in a Japanese-style garden.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:49

Ma Mimosa - Here I Go Again !

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Gardening Diary 27nd February 2018

Back in February 2012 we were subject to three very cold days, even colder than the current chilly weather that has swept the country from the east. Like many other gardeners in this region, we lost our mimosa tree that was estimated to be around 20 years old. Within days the flowers had dissapeared and the thinner branches turned black. Gardeners should live in a spirit of hope, so I left the tree for a year to see if it really had gone. Indeed something was still alive and the following spring new shoots of this very recognisable tree started to appear from the gravel covered surroundings having emerged from the root system. Actually so may appeared that it became a bit of a nuisance removing them, but one eventually appeared close to the dead trunk of the original tree. I protected this with a wire cage and let it develop in the coming years. With a bit of simple pruning of the main stem, we now have a 250 cm tree with a trunk diameter of about 3 cm.

And this year it has produced flowers for the first time !  Just hoping that two nights at - 7 oC don't put us back another six years!

 Taylor Trainingen

Inspiratie Pakhuis




Monday, 04 September 2017 11:49


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C. plumbaginoides is a low-growing herbaceous perennial with spreading roots, forming a mat of stems bearing oval leaves which turn red or purple in autumn. Clusters of rich blue flowers from late summer.

Saturday, 15 April 2017 08:32

Campanula persicifolia

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C. persicifolia is a rosette-forming perennial with narrow, evergreen basal leaves. Loose spires of outward-facing, cup-shaped, lilac-blue flowers appear in early and mid-summer

Saturday, 11 March 2017 08:08

Gladiolus callianthus

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The leaves of acidanthera are straight and sword-like, resembling those of a distant relation, crocosmia. They emerge from corms the size of large hazelnuts so late in the summer that it is easy to give them up for lost. In September, lofty flower stalks follow and finally bear a succession of pure-white, hooded, slightly tubular and drooping blooms, each with a startling maroon throat, on a spike 2.5ft tall.

Sunday, 05 June 2016 06:39


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Aconitum, commonly known as Monkshood and Wolfsbane, are wonderful old-fashioned perennials, perfectly suited for large border plantings. This late-flowering selection has incredible, tall spikes of deep violet-blue, hooded flowers, a total surprise when they appear in mid-autumn. NB Aconitum is a very poisonous plant and must be treated with respect and caution.

Sunday, 05 June 2016 06:17


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Bergamot has distinctive flowerheads, each one consists of a large number of curving tubular flowers growing out from a central point, creating a shaggy dome of petals. The plant has a long flowering season, from early summer to early autumn, and blooms almost continuously if deadheaded periodically.On soil that stays moist, plants can spread fairly quickly so clumps may need to be divided about every three years.

Sunday, 29 May 2016 12:31

Muscari comosum plumosum

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Feather Hyacinth yields plume-like flowering racemes of fine, feathery, thread-like, reddish-violet tepals above rather sparse foliage. Not resembling any other Muscari on the planet, it is most definitely a conversation piece.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 17:24

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

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'Annabelle' is a small, bushy deciduous shrub with broadly oval leaves and very large, spherical heads of white sterile flowers to 25cm across in summer

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:09

Leycesteria formosa

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L. formosa is a vigorous deciduous shrub with erect sea-green stems bearing long-pointed, ovate leaves and pendulous racemes of white flowers with showy red-purple bracts, followed by deep purple berries. Common name "Himalayan honeysuckle".

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