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Rhododendron ponticum, a forest diversity threat

23rd October 2017

This pretty evergreen plant invades the lower tier of the forest, stopping any other plants growing because of the dense shade it creates. Useless to birds for nesting, the ponticum is not a source of food for the forest fauna either. It reduces…

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Meet Cydalima snugged in a web

2nd September 2017

Known to the Royal Horticultural Society as a new comer from Eastern Asia in 2011, this pest was reported established in London and the surrounding counties in 2016. The Box Tree caterpillar has, this August month, found its way to the Isle of…

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French pruning

9th May 2017

When I walk pass gardens, I constantly notice badly pruned shrubs.  Unless a shrub is purposely trimmed in a formal shape, the worse thing to do to a shrub is to trim it year after year with shears. You end up with extremely dense tips and bare…

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Fig Trees, a league of their own

31st March 2017

Fig Trees have an unusual fruiting sequence. They are the potential fruits that overwinter as embryo fruits then fruits that develop on new growth from spring. In United Kingdom, the warm weather is not long enough to allow any outdoor spring crop…

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Enjoying Hellebores

30th March 2017

At the time when not much is in full bloom in a garden, Christmas Roses are a special display, but…Hellebores commonly suffer from leaf spot which is a fungal infection badly affecting the appearance of this wonderful plant. Apart from using a…

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