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CAN YOU CUT FORSYTHIA TO THE GROUND?

  Can you cut forsythia to the ground? If you are a big fan of yellow then Forsythia species and cultivars are definitely for you. They are one of the earliest of all ornamental flowering shrub to bloom and they are tolerant of most sites and soil conditions. However, when left to their own devices Forsythia can become large and unruly so if you wanted to cut a Forsythia down to ground level there are a couple of questions to ask first. Can I cut a Forsythia to the ground without killi...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade, Forthysia


HOW DO YOU GROW FORSYTHIA?

How do you grow Forsythia? Come the spring and you will probably notice that every man and his dog is growing a forsythia in the front garden, and when you think about it it's not really surprising. They are one of the first of the truly ornamental flowering shrubs to come into flower in the spring and they do so with a huge abundance of showy blooms. So long as you like yellow, you may have purchased a dream come true. Unfortunately their omnipresence tends to lose their shine, but i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gardening, UK, Bruce Forsyth, Royal Horticultural Society, Simon Eade, William Forsyth, Forsythia


HOW TO GROW LEYMUS ARENARIUS 'blue dune'

how do you grow Leymus arenarius 'blue dune'? Looking around at images in the internet it's easy to believe that they are plenty of amazing blue coloured grasses around. However the reality is different. In fact there is probably a choice of probably no more than three. You have the festuca glauca cultivars (which tent to suffer from fungal infections), then there is Panicum virgatum, and also Helictotrichon sempervirens. Unfortunately blue grasses are usually significantly bluer in t...
Tags: Gardening, Atlantic, Scottish Parliament, Iceland, Northern Europe, George, British Parliament, William III, Simon Eade


SHOULD I DEADHEAD FRITILLARIA?

   Should I deadhead Fritillaria As far as ornamental flowering corms and bulbs go, Fritillaria species have to be rated amongst the best. At least they are in my opinion. However as gorgeous and structural as they are they can also be expensive and so most gardeners like to cultivate them to the highest quality standards. With this in mind the question of whether you should deadhead Fritillaria often comes up. But first, why should you even ask?If you are hoping to encourage further b...
Tags: Gardening, Fritillaria, Simon Eade, LILY Arisaema


IS FORSYTHIA POISONOUS?

Is Forsythia poisonous? Named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth (1737 – 25 July 1804), the genus Forsythia has been a popular garden plant in northern European gardens for almost two centuries now. And why wouldn't it be? It is one of the earliest and most spectacular ornamental flowering shrubs commonly available, particularly if you have a passion for yellow, and robust in nature. However, a situation may occur, presumably with a pet or farm animal, where you may need to know ...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade, William Forsyth, Phillyrin


HOW POISONOUS IS THE LILY OF THE VALLEY?

How poisonous is the lily of the valley  While almost all of us choose our garden plants based on suitability and ornamental value, hardly any decisions are based on whether these plants are toxic or not - which of course many of them are! One plant in particular where this should be considered is Convallaria majalis, the lily of the valley. So just how poisonous is the lily of the valley and should gardeners take precautions?All parts of the lily of the valley are indeed poisonous, c...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade, Boxborough MA


DO TULIPS COME BACK EVERY YEAR?

Do Tulips come back every year? Do Tulips come back every year should be a simple question to answer, and in some respects it is. As far as native species growing in their natural environments are concerned the answer is of course yes. The whole evolutionary point of the bulb is so that it can survive extended periods of harsh conditions, such as drought and high temperatures, by moving into a period of dormancy. Once conditions improve the bulb is triggered back into life and we have...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, England, Central Asia, Southern Europe, Simon Eade


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A LEMON TREE TO BEAR FRUIT?

How long does it take for a lemon tree to bear fruit How long does it take for a lemon tree to bear fruit may seem like a simple question but it as actually surprisingly complicated. The first issue is with it its inheritance, that is to say that a lemon tree is a not a true species, meaning that it did not originally exist in the wild. Recent research has indicated that modern lemons are in fact a hybrid between bitter orange (itself a cross between the pomelo, Citrus maxima, and the...
Tags: Gardening, UK, Simon Eade


CAN I GROW A LEMON TREE IN THE UK?

Can you grow a lemon tree in the UK? Harvesting lemons from your own lemon tree is usually just a fantasy for many English men and women. However this ambition is generally only realised by those adventurous or lucky enough to move abroad to warmer mediterranean climates. But if you really want to make it happen, can you really grow a lemon tree in the UK?Well, depending on where you live in this climate varied country it may be possible, even if it is with the benefit of modern techn...
Tags: Gardening, UK, Italy, Flickr, Simon Eade, Lemon Meyer, Debra Roby, Meyer Lemon CC


DO HYACINTHS LIKE SUN OR SHADE?

Do Hyacinths like sun or shade? Native to the area of the eastern Mediterranean, Hyacinths have been a mainstay of British gardens since the 18th century. In fact during this period over 2,000 cultivars were grown in the Netherlands, its primary commercial producer. Modern cultivars are particularly vibrant and floriferous and so to get the most of you plants you will need to provided their ideal conditions which means mimicking their natural environment as much as possible. Of course...
Tags: Gardening, Bbc, Palestine, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Northern Europe, Simon Eade


WHEN SHOULD HELLEBORES BE CUT BACK?

When should Hellebores be cut back? Like me, you may have a love-hate relationship with Hellebores. The blooms are detailed and stunning, although not in every cultivar. The blooms generally hang face down, although not in every cultivar. And they spend most of the year with untidy foliage, although not in every cultivar. That being said there are cultivars I do enjoy but even so they will still require maintenance to get the best out of them and that means cutting back their knackere...
Tags: Gardening, England, Simon Eade


WHERE DO CROCUSES LIKE TO GROW?

Where do crocuses like to grow? Next to snowdrops, crocus are a harbinger of spring and arguably the first decent spots of colour in an otherwise bleak winter landscape. For years the colour palette was quite limited with only yellow, white and a purplish-blue available, but with the help of plant breeders we now have monarch orange (although this is not a particularly strong cultivar) and the stunning Pickwick amongst others. So to get the best out of your crocuses it's important to ...
Tags: Gardening, Bbc, Central Asia, Simon Eade, Europe North Africa Middle East


WHEN SHOULD I PLANT SNOWDROPS - Galanthus species and cultivars

  When should I plant snowdrops? 'I don't like snowdrops', nobody ever said, and why would they? Snowdrops are pure, gorgeous and the antithesis of everything wrong in the world today. A little dramatic perhaps? Maybe so, but that doesn't take away the fact that when these perfectly formed species produce their exquisite springtime blooms my heart figuratively melts, even if the snow around them remains intact. So assuming that by reading this you too are a fan and also wish to have a ...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade


HOW TO GROW ARAUCARIA BIDWILLII - the Bunya Pine

The Bunya Pine - Araucaria bidwillii Commonly known as the Bunya Pine, Araucaria bidwillii is a large evergreen pine native to south-east Queensland Australia. It was named in honour of botanist John Carne Bidwill, who discovered it for western science 1842.  Despite both its looks and common name it is not a true pine botanically speaking, but instead a member of the the same genus as the monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana. This is why it can sometimes be known the 'false monkey ...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, United Kingdom, South America, Norfolk, Queensland Australia, Simon Eade, Bunya Pine, Bunya Pine Araucaria, John Carne Bidwill


HOW TO GROW THE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE - Araucaria heterophylla

The Norfolk Island pine - Araucaria heterophylla The Norfolk Island pine - Araucaria heterophylla is a distinctive, tall-growing and elegant conifer native to the Norfolk Island, a small Pacific Ocean island situated between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Beside the monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana, the Norfolk Island pine is the only other species from this family that is commonly grown in Europe, either as a houseplant in northern Europe or as an ornamental garden plan...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Ireland, Norfolk, Flickr, Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Island, Mediterranean, Scilly, Great Britain, Gulf, Public Domain, Isles, New Caledonia, Australia New Zealand, John Innes


HOW TO GROW THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE - Araucaria araucana

The monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana The monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana is just 1 of 18 species within the Araucaria genus, however it is by far the hardiest for growing outside in northern European gardens. It is an evergreen, coniferous tree native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina, and able to reach an impressive 60-70 ft in height. So that being said it is only suitable for large gardens or parks, despite often seen planted in the front gardens of sub...
Tags: Gardening, England, Chile, Argentina, Cornwall, Public Domain, Monica, Simon Eade, Bodmin, Pencarrow garden, Marco Almbauer Own


THE VERMILLION FLYCATCHER - Pyrocephalus rubinus

The Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus The Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus, is a small passerine bird from the Tyrannidae family. The species grows to about 18 cm)in length, and is strongly dimorphic. The common name of 'vermilion' only relates to the male flycatcher which is blessed with brilliant undersides, breast, neck and cap. The back is black and there is a black eye-band running running to and joining the back of the nape of the neck. the bill, legs are also black. ...
Tags: Gardening, Mexico, United States, South America, Central America, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Vermillion, Simon Eade, Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike, Vermilion Flycatcher, Galapagos Flycatcher, Charles Clint


THE MONKEY LADDER - Entada gigas

Image credit - Paul Hermann Wilhelm Taubert (1862-1897)The Monkey Vine -  Entada gigas, also commonly known as the monkey-ladder, Cœur de la Mer or Sea Heart, is a species of flowering liana from the pea family, Fabaceae. A liana is a long-stemmed, woody vine which is rooted in the soil at ground level and uses trees, as well as other means of vertical support, to allow it to grow up through the canopy to get access to well-lit areas of the forest. The Monkey Vine -  Entada gigas, ...
Tags: Gardening, Africa, Gabon, Central America, Simon Eade, Paul Hermann Wilhelm Taubert, Cœur de la Mer, Caribbean northern South America


HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES A FICUS LYRATA NEED?

  How much light does a Ficus lyrata need? As a houseplant, Ficus lyrata has been on sale in our garden centres for a least forty years now yet they have recently been the subject of a huge surge in interest from house plant growers. Considered by many as the 'King of Houseplants', Ficus lyrata - commonly known s the fiddle-leafed fig, is undoubtedly an impressive, architectural specimen. While it indeed has exotic characteristics, does it then mean that it requires exotic environmenta...
Tags: Gardening, Africa, Elastica, Royal Horticultural Society, Simon Eade, Kim Starr, Parque Botánico de Maspalomas Gran Canaria Date, Krzysztof Ziarnek


IS FICUS LYRATA AN INDOOR PLANT?

Is Ficus lyrata an indoor plant? Like me, you have probably seen a lot of articles written about the fiddle-leafed fig - Ficus lyrata turning up on your news feed. You may also have noticed that, after white orchids, it is the houseplant of choice for the interior designers of multi-million pound properties. Lauded by some as the 'King of Houseplants', Ficus lyrata has seemingly captured the imagination of many houseplants lovers and its size is often used as a gauge the successfulnes...
Tags: Gardening, Africa, Elastica, Simon Eade, Kim Starr, Parque Botánico de Maspalomas Gran Canaria Date, Krzysztof Ziarnek


THE LIZARD EYE VINE

The lizard eye vine Not only is the lizard eye vine an absolute gem of the plant kingdom, it is a supreme a master of disguise. However, despite its startling look, it was discovered only three years ago by a research team cataloging new species in French Guiana.Headed by the renowned Dutch botanist Doctor John Apryll, the team heralded their new find as akin to a discovering a new primate.Commonly known as the lizard eye vine or 'honey vine', it was named after the head of the team, ...
Tags: Gardening, Bud, Bushman, Simon Eade, John Apryll, Wayampi, Domingos Martins


CAN YOU ROOT JADE PLANT CUTTINGS IN WATER?

Can you root Jade plant cuttings in water? The Jade plant - Crassula ovata, often also commonly known as the money tree or plant is a popular, easy to grow houseplant, and is found almost literally everywhere! However, over time, they can become quite large as a houseplant (the larger the better in my opinion as they often have the spirit of the bonsai about them), or they can become misshapen, affecting their ornamental value. At this point you may wish to bring out the secateurs and...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade


WHY DO POINSETTIAS DROP THEIR LEAVES

  Why do poinsettias drop their leaves? You can get a great sense of the Christmas spirit when you walk into a garden center and get slapped in the face by a sea of poinsettia displays. Of course they looks absolutely stunning but once, after checking over the first twenty or so identical plants, you have made your purchase why is it that your perfect purchase collapses once it arrives at home? Just why do poinsettias drop their leaves?The initial answer is simple, poinsettias generall...
Tags: Gardening, Madagascar, Don, Southern Africa, Simon Eade, Euphorbia


THE HAPPY ALIEN PLANT - Calceolaria uniflora

The Happy Alien plant - Calceolaria uniflora The Happy Alien plant - Calceolaria uniflora is a bizarre looking species of evergreen, perennial plant from Tierra del Fuego in the southern part of South America. Also known as Darwin's Slipper Flower ('slipper flower' is a generic common name for all species within the Calceolaria genus), Calceolaria uniflora was first discovered by Charles Darwin during his expedition around South America - the Voyage of the Beagle, 1831–1836. In fact this ...
Tags: Gardening, Charles Darwin, South America, Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Simon Eade, Calceolaria


HOW TO GROW THE SHRUBBY MILKWORT - Polygala chamaebuxus

The shrubby milkwort - Polygala chamaebuxus var. grandiflora The shrubby milkwort - Polygala chamaebuxus is an extremely tough ornamental alpine plant native to the mountains of west-central Europe. So hardy is it that given the right environment it will tolerate cold spells down to -20 degrees Celsius! Image credit - Seboth, J., Graf, F. (1839) Commonly found on the slopes of the French Alps Polygala chamaebuxus produces fragrant, creamy white flowers tipped with yellow flowers fr...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, John Innes, Simon Eade, Alwyn, Carolus Clusius, Angustifolia


HOW TO GROW JAPANESE COBRA LILY - Arisaema ringens

How to grow Japanese cobra lily - Arisaema ringens The Japanese cobra lily is perhaps the most spectacular of all species within the Arisaema genus. Native to Japan, Korea, and China, Arisaema ringens is a tuberous woodland perennial that is best known for its cobra-like flower.  However despite being a rarity in almost all garden centres it is surprisingly easy to grow the Japanese cobra lily - Arisaema ringens, assuming you can find one! The flowers appear in the spring, one bloom pe...
Tags: Gardening, Japan Korea, Simon Eade, Arisaema, LILY Arisaema, China Arisaema


HOW TO GROW GIANT SUNFLOWERS

How to grow giant sunflowers Come the summer and you can guarantee than most towns and villages will be holding some kind of a giant sunflower completion. Of course most people will stick a seed in the ground and hope for the best but if you consider yourself to be more of a 'competitive' parent (you know who you are) then is is a lot you can do to encourage those extra inch that will help annihilate the competition.These are my golden rules to winning first prizes in any giant sunflowe...
Tags: Gardening, Simon Eade, Mongolian Giant


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GROW A LEMON TREE FROM SEED?

How long does it take to grow a lemon tree from seed? Lemons trees are wonderful plants, evoking mediterranean holidays, limoncello cocktails and fragrant jasmine-scented blooms. As exotic as they are to our northern European eyes they are surprisingly robust and while all the commercial cultivars are vegetatively propagated lemons are easily grown by seed. In countries subject to colder environments, growing lemon trees from seed is still something you can do at home and your subsequ...
Tags: Gardening, John Innes, Simon Eade


GROWING WATERCRESS FROM SEED

Watercress is a highly underrated salad crop, rarely seen in the supermarkets, and yet is considered by many to be a super-food! In ancient Greece watercress was so venerated that the physician and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460 – c. 370 BC) is said to have deliberately located his first hospital beside a stream so that he could grow a plentiful supply of watercress to help treat his patients! With the aid of modern technology we know that watercress is packed fill of nutrients a...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Greece, Don, John Innes, Simon Eade, Hippocrates 460


HOW TO GROW ABELIA SCHUMANNII

How to grow Abelia schumannii First named in 1911 as Abelia longituba by German botanist Carl Otto Robert Peter Paul Graebner (1871–1933), but then later recognised as a species by fellow German horticulturist and taxonomist Alfred Rehder,(1863-1949), Abelia schumannii has had its fair share of name changes. Commonly known as the Schumann abelia, the species name honours the German botanist Karl Moritz Schumann (1851-1904) - curator of the Botanisches Museum in Berlin-Dahlem from 1880 un...
Tags: Gardening, Usa, China, Wilson, Royal Horticultural Society, Simon Eade, Abelia, Arnold Arboretum, Ernest Wilson, Award of Garden Merit AGM, Carl Otto Robert Peter Paul Graebner, Alfred Rehder, Karl Moritz Schumann, Berlin Dahlem