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Gardening Shortcuts - Simple Steps to a Great Gard
My blog on planning the perfect garden to suit your lifestyle, depending on your time and space constraints. Along with useful gardening tips and short cuts, as well as guides on various types of garden plants.
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5 Things a Gardener Must Have
2008-03-10 17:42:00
Gardening is fun and rewarding and may be considered a hobby, talent or both and sometimes it’s just luck. Gardening is not as easy as it looks and involves dedication, time and consistency and many trials and errors. There are many aspects to maintaining a healthy garden, but some aspects are more important than others. An individual who likes to garden can have the knowledge to produce the best
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Raising your own shrubs
2008-01-22 21:32:00
A good way to stock a new garden with shrubs is to propagate your own. Not only does it save money, but growing a healthy plant from a cutting can bring a great sense of satisfaction. If you want to plant a large area using one type of plant, it is well worth propagating your own from one bought plant. Not all shrubs are suitable for raising from cuttings. In general, the more expensive shrubs
Floribunda roses for beautiful blooms all season
2008-01-22 21:27:00
The name 'Floribunda' is of Latin origin and means "many flowered" or "abundance of flowers" and this variety of rose certainly lives up to its name. These roses have been described as some of the most colorful of the modern rose types. Typically, their flowers are arranged in low-growing large clusters. The Floribunda rose is the result of crossbreeding a Hybrid Tea and a Polyantha in the 1920's
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Dealing with pests and propogating your garden
2008-01-16 15:41:00
Most plants are generally trouble free, but from time to time they may be attacked by pests and diseases. If there is not much damage, or there are not many pests, it may not be worth taking action. Instead, let birds and other natural predators clear up the problem. For example, leave aphids that appear on shrubs and trees in spring, in particular on roses, for ladybird beetles, which will
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Elegance in your garden with hybrid tea roses
2008-01-16 15:26:00
A modern rose, the Hybrid Tea Rose is the result of two old timers getting together: the Hybrid Perpetual and the Tea Rose. These gorgeous modern flowers grow on large stems and bloom throughout the year. Although this rose only gives off a faint scent, it makes up for this shortcoming with its many petals and tall stature. The Hybrid Tea Rose is commonly referred to as "your basic rose on a
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Pruning for better results
2008-01-11 14:04:00
As long as you keep to a few basic rules, pruning is not complicated - it can even be enjoyable. Prune little and often to keep your plants under control and in good health; it left for years pruning will build up into a massive task. Not all shrubs must be pruned each year, but they should be checked and lightly trimmed when they get untidy. It is important to know a little about the shrubs
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Miniature roses are great accents for your garden
2008-01-11 13:58:00
Whether you're planting miniature roses indoors or out, they are very easy to grow. Although these little guys have often been frowned upon because they give off little or no fragrance, they're the perfect accent to any home or garden. Miniature roses are practically maintenance-free. Just give them a "bath" once a week and they'll last forever. There's a common misconception about miniature
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Routine shrub care
2008-01-02 10:24:00
Maintenance tasks will need to be carried out regularly in order to help your garden to become established, and to keep it neat and tidy. If time is short, concentrate on weeding and watering new shrubs and trees. To ease the task of deadheading flowering shrubs, gather together the flowering stems once they are past their best and trim them with a pair of secateurs. Alternatively, for shrubs
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Drying roses - What you need to know...
2008-01-02 10:08:00
Roses are beautiful flowers that have graced homes for literally thousands of years. Roses are flawless, colorful, large, small and simply perfect in every way, except for one: a rose, being a living thing, eventually will die. But there are ways to let their splendor live on! Drying roses is a great way to preserve their beauty. With very little effort and very little expense, dried roses can
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How and when to buy plants
2007-12-30 01:02:00
Most plants are bought at garden centers, nurseries and supermarkets. The range varies according to the time of the year, as plants in flower are the easiest to sell. Most plants are sold container-grown and can be planted at any time of the year, but the best times to plant are in spring or autumn when the soil is warm and moist, and the plants become established quickly. Summer planting
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Versatile shrub roses for the garden
2007-12-30 00:56:00
The name, Shrub Rose is somewhat confusing because a rose, any rose in fact, is actually a shrub. Most varieties of roses can be considered shrub roses including hybrids, modern roses, old garden roses, and even miniature roses. The term "shrub" refers to the appearance of the rose plant, which in general resembles that of a bush or shrub. Shrub roses are a great colorful alternative to use
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Shrubs that are easy to care for and low-maintenance
2007-12-28 19:17:00
For a low-maintenance border, plant a backbone of easy-to-grow shrubs that can be relied on to give a good display every year without much attention. Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame' (pictured above) Young red tips turn a brassy color, then green. The foliage is best if hard-pruned each spring. Grows to 90 cm x 90 cm. A sun lover. Camellia japonica Large evergreen with pink, white or red winter
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Dealing with the rose disease that is Blackspot
2007-12-28 19:04:00
Blackspot is a prevalent rose disease that is caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae. Should your rose bushes develop the telltale signs of Blackspot, remedial measures must be taken immediately. Otherwise, the bush will begin producing fewer blooms and the rose's ability to survive the winter months will be jeopardized. Blackspot is easy to recognize in its latter stages, but might not be
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Choosing and caring for your shrubs
2007-12-26 19:03:00
The choice of easy-care shrubs is vast. Most shrubs are hardy and need either no pruning or a simple pruning once a year and many require no specific soil type or position in the garden. Even if they do require some upkeep, sometimes it is possible to cut out one or two of the regular tasks to save time, keeping the end result just as pleasing. May bushes, for example, are grown for their massed
If you've got plenty of space, then a woodland garden would be a good alter
2007-12-26 19:00:00
A woodland garden is a mini forest that requires quite a lot of room. The trees should not be so densely planted that nothing will grow beneath them. For best results choose only smaller-growing trees and space them at least 10 m apart. Too many evergreens clumped together will cast a big area of dense shade. If you mostly use deciduous trees, you will be able to grow a wide range of spring bulbs
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Watering and feeding for your garden
2007-12-23 17:45:00
It makes sense to water and feed plants at the same time. Soluble fertilizers can be applied through a hose or watering can, and are available to the plant straight away. If, on the other hand, you rarely need to water the plants, a granular, slow-release fertilizer can be applied once a year, in spring, round the base of the plant. Hose-end Feeder Water and feed in one go using a special feeder
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Combining Shrubs for Year-Round Color
2007-12-23 17:38:00
Keep your garden looking good all year by planting a selection of easy-care shrubs, each with different attractions, making sure their flowering times vary. Deciduous flowering Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Cold', Deutzia gracilis, Viburnum opulus 'Sterile', Weigela florida. Evergreen flowering Chaenomeles uncinatum, Choisya ternata, Euryops pectinatus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Lavandula
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Tips for pruning your prized roses
2007-12-21 13:54:00
Pruning and deadheading are important parts of your rose care routine. There are as many different opinions about how and when to prune as there are roses in need of pruning. While individual rosarians may have their favorite "tried and true" methods, this article is geared towards new rosarians who have no idea where to start. As time goes by you may feel the urge to modify these techniques or
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Planting singly or in groups? - The question about borders for your garden.
2007-12-21 13:53:00
The way a border is planted can play an important part in reducing the amount of time needed for maintenance. Once you have decided what to plant, you then have to decide whether to plant the shrubs or trees singly or in groups of the same variety. One advantage of planting many of one specimen in a group is the instant impact, due to the greater area covered: instead of a single flowering shrub,
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Making time for their peaceful garden - A case study
2007-12-18 07:54:00
Louise and Phil Pankhurst are in their early fifties. They both work full-time, but like to spend time in the garden at weekends and on summer evenings. They want a garden with a Mediterranean style that will suit their sunny climate and remind them of a recent trip. Phil Pankhurst is an information technology specialist at the university nearby. Louise is the director of a charity. They want a
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Improving existing borders in your garden
2007-12-18 07:52:00
Sometimes old garden borders lack interest, especially if some of the shrubs are past their best. One option is to replace all the shrubs and start again, but this is hard work and will leave you with empty spaces until the new shrubs begin to grow. A quicker method is to keep some of the existing plants to provide the structure for the new border and shrubs that offer more than one season of
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Making easy-maintenance borders using shrubs and trees
2007-12-16 06:13:00
Trees and shrubs easily and effectively add long-lasting color and interest to a garden but, to keep down the workload, you will need to choose plants that need minimum pruning. Shrubs and trees can be used without the addition of other plants to create a beautiful planting on their own. They can also provide a permanent framework for a border that includes many other plants: for instance, they
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Some tips for your rose exhibition day
2007-12-15 04:17:00
Now that you finally have a rose garden that you can be proud of, it's time to take the next step and let others judge the beauty of your roses. Rose shows and exhibits are exciting events where you get a chance to see how your roses stack up against those from other rosarians. It doesn't matter if you win, just the experience will teach you a lot. Before entering your own roses, take the time
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You need to know the climate zones for your roses
2007-12-13 05:12:00
If you want to be the proud owner of a bountiful garden this year, the first thing you need to find out is which climate zone you live in. It's helpful to know that your town gets a lot of sunshine throughout the year, but that's not enough. It's actually the cold temperatures that make a difference in what you can and cannot grow in your area. Know Your Zone Anyone who knows anything about
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Shrubs, roses and trees for your garden arrangement
2007-12-13 05:08:00
Trees and shrubs form the ideal basis for an easy-care garden because this group of plants needs less maintenance than any other. Plants from this group provide interest all year round, giving a long sequence of flowers, fruits or berries, winter bark and stems, as well as variegated and evergreen foliage. Do not purchase all or even most of the shrubs for your garden at the one time: instead buy
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Cutting roses for display - doing it right
2007-12-11 03:11:00
What could possibly smell or look better than a vase of beautiful rose blooms on your table or the table of someone you love? Roses , especially hybrid tea roses, are made to be cut and they can last a very long time in a vase if you follow these simple tips. Always make sure that you cut your roses with a sharp and clean pair of shears. Dull shears will crush the rose's stem, and dirty shears
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Making paths and steps for your garden
2007-12-11 03:02:00
Building paths and steps requires a great deal of advance preparation so it is probably best left to a contractor. Point the cracks between slabs with mortar to prevent weeds taking hold. Heavily used paths need proper foundations, but paths that are used infrequently, such as an informal path through a garden bed, can be built relatively easily. Set paving slabs or bricks to half their depth in
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Work-free surfaces with paving and gravel
2007-12-09 05:37:00
Hard surfaces need virtually no maintenance. They can be used in all sorts of creative ways in place of a lawn. For instance, you can create a courtyard garden enclosed by walls, a Mediterranean-style garden surrounded by evergreens, a minimalist Japanese-style garden, a walkthrough rock garden, a modern patio or a traditional, formal terrace. Gravel The quickest and easiest surface to lay
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What is the All-American Rose Selection (AARS)?
2007-12-09 05:35:00
Did you realize that there's an organization of rose enthusiasts who actually care that the roses you purchase live up to the highest standards of quality? Well there is and most people don't even know this organization exists. Most consumers probably take for granted a rose's beauty and heartiness because they think that's just the nature of the rose. After all, how else could this elegant
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Climbing roses for a gloriously romantic garden
2007-12-07 16:11:00
Colorful climbing roses can add a dramatic effect to your home. They're nice because you can wind them around a trellis, a column, or even let them climb up the side of your home. It's interesting to note, however, that many seasoned gardeners fear climbing roses. This is likely because of the belief that climbing roses can get damaged by cold weather and also because they can take years to reach
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