Case Studies

Companion Planting
...A, B, C, D, E,
...F, G, H, I, J, K,
...L, M, N, O, P, Q,
...R, S, T, U, V, W,
...X, Y, Z
...Pest Control
...using Plants

Garden Construction
Garden Design
...How to Use the Colour Wheel Concepts for Selection of Flowers, Foliage and Flower Shape
...RHS Mixed Borders
......Bedding Plants
......Her Perennials
......Other Plants
......Camera photos of Plant supports
Garden Maintenance
Offbeat Glossary
...Poisonous Plants
...Soil Nutrients
Tool Shed
Useful Data


Topic - Plant Photo Galleries

Camera Photo Galleries:-

RHS Garden at Wisley
Plant Supports -
When supporting plants in a bed, it is found that not only do those plants grow upwards, but also they expand their roots and footpad sideways each year. Pages
, 2, 3, 8, 11,
12, 13,
Plants 4, 7, 10,
Bedding Plants 5,
Plant Supports for Unknown Plants 5
Clematis Climbers 6,
the RHS does not appear to either follow it's own pruning advice or advice from The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers by George E. Brown.
ISBN 0-571-11084-3 with the plants in Pages 1-7 of this folder. You can see from looking at both these resources as to whether the pruning carried out on the remainder of the plants in Pages 7-15 was correct.
Narcissus (Daffodil) 9,
Phlox Plant Supports 14, 15

Coleus Bedding Foliage Trial - Pages
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15,
16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25,
26, 27, 28, 29, 30,
31, 32

National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst Castle
Plant Supports -
Pages for Gallery 1
with Plant Supports
, 5, 10
, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Recommended Rose Pruning Methods 13
Pages for Gallery 2
with Plant Supports
Plants 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Dry Garden of
RHS Garden at
Hyde Hall
Plants - Pages
without Plant Supports
Plants 1
, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Nursery of
Peter Beales Roses
Display Garden
Roses Pages
, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13

Nursery of
RV Roger
Roses - Pages

V76,Z77, 78,

Damage by Plants in Chilham Village - Pages
, 2, 3, 4

Pavements of Funchal, Madeira
Damage to Trees - Pages
, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13
for trees 1-54
14, 15,
16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25,
for trees 55-95,
, 27, 28, 29, 30,
31, 32, 33, 34, 35,
36, 37,
for trees 95-133,
, 39, 40,
41, 42, 43, 44, 45,
for trees 133-166

Chris Garnons-Williams
Work Done - Pages
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13

Identity of Plants
Label Problems - Pages
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,

Ron and Christine Foord
Garden Flowers - Pages
A1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13,

The plant with photo in the above Camera Photo Galleries

the plants with photos in the other Plant Photo Galleries below in

Plant with Photo Index of Ivydene Gardens - 1187
A 1, Photos - 43
B 1, Photos - 13
C 1, Photos - 35
D 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Photos - 411

Photos of
Plants causing damage to buildings in Chilham Village and
Photos of
Damage to Trees in Pavements of Funchal
are also in the D pages
E 1, Photos - 21
F 1, Photos - 1
G 1, Photos - 5
H 1, Photos - 21
I 1, Photos - 8
J 1, Photos - 1
K 1, Photos - 1
L 1, Photos - 85
Photos of
Label Problems are also in the L pages
M 1, Photos - 9
N 1, Photos - 12
O 1, Photos - 5
P 1, Photos - 54
Q 1, Photos -
R 1,R 2,R 3,
Photos - 229
S 1, Photos - 111
T 1, Photos - 13
U 1, Photos - 5
V 1, Photos - 4
W 1, Photos - 100
Photos of
Work Done by Chris
Garnons-Williams are also in the W pages

X 1 Photos -
Y 1, Photos -
Z 1 Photos -

Articles/Items in Ivydene Gardens - 88

and in
Flower Shape and Plant Use of
Evergreen Perennial
Herbaceous Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Deciduous Shrub
Evergreen Tree
Deciduous Tree
1. Why the perfect soil for general use is composed of 8.3% lime, 16.6% humus, 25% clay and 50% sand
within the SOIL TEXTURE, and
2. Why you are continually losing the SOIL STRUCTURE if you leave bare earth between plants so your soil - will revert to clay, chalk, sand or silt - unless you replace that lost humus with an organic mulch.


Bedding Flower Shape

...Camera photos of Coleus Bedding Foliage Trial

Further details on Bedding from the Infill Galleries:-
...for Spring
...for Summer
...for Autumn
...for Winter
...for Sandy Soil
...for Acid Soil
...for Chalky Soil
...for Clay Soil
...Flower Colour:-
...Use of Bedding:-
......Aromatic Fol
......Scented Flo
......Long Flo
......Coloured Fol
......for Bees, etc
......Cut Flos
......Hanging Pot
......Pots/ Troughs
......Window Box
......Bedding Out
......Filling in

Further details on Annuals from the Infill Galleries:-
Uses of Annuals

...Exposed Sites
...Sheltered Sites Greenhouse
...Extra Poor Soil
...Very Rich Soil
...Gap Filling
...Patio Pots
...Cut Flowers 1, 2
...Everlasting Flos
...Attract Insects
...with Fragrance
...Bee Pollinated
...Annual Pairing
...Tall Growing
...Flower Colour:-
...for its Foliage Moist Soil Shade Houseplants
...Edging Beds
...Hanging Basket
...Vining Annuals
...Plants for Cut Flowers which flower during:-
Further Details on Biennials from the Infill Galleries:-
Use of Bieenials

...Cottage Garden
...Cut Flower
...for Rock Work
...Patio Pots
...for Wildlife
...Scented Flo

...Allium/ Anemone
...Colchicum/ Crocus
...Hippeastrum/ Lily
...Late Summer
Deciduous Shrub
...Shrubs - Decid
Deciduous Tree
...Trees - Decid
Evergreen Perennial
...P-Evergreen A-L
...P-Evergreen M-Z
...Flower Shape
Evergreen Shrub
...Shrubs - Evgr
...Heather Shrub
Evergreen Tree
...Trees - Evgr
Herbaceous Perennial
...P -Herbaceous
...RHS Wisley
...Flower Shape
Odds and Sods
...RHS Wisley A-F
...RHS Wisley G-R
...RHS Wisley S-Z
...Rose Use
...Other Roses A-F
...Other Roses G-R
...Other Roses S-Z
Soft Fruit
Top Fruit


Wild Flower
with its
flower colour page,
Site Map page in its flower colour
NOTE Gallery
...Blue Note
...Brown Note
...Cream Note
...Green Note
...Mauve Note
...Multi-Cols Note
...Orange Note
...Pink A-G Note
...Pink H-Z Note
...Purple Note
...Red Note
...White A-D Note
...White E-P Note
...White Q-Z Note
...Yellow A-G Note
...Yellow H-Z Note
...Shrub/Tree Note
Wildflower Plants


Topic - Flower/Foliage Colour
Colour Wheel Galleries

Following your choice using Garden Style then that changes your Plant Selection Process
Garden Style
...Infill Plants
...12 Bloom Colours per Month Index
...12 Foliage Colours per Month Index
...All Plants Index
...Cultivation, Position, Use Index
...Shape, Form

you could use these Flower Colour Wheels with number of colours
All Flowers 53

All Flowers per Month 12
with its
Explanation of
Structure of this Website with

...User Guidelines
All Bee-Pollinated Flowers per Month 12
Rock Garden and Alpine Flower Colour Wheel with number of colours
Rock Plant Flowers 53

...Rock Plant Photos

these Foliage Colour Wheels structures, which I have done but until I can take the photos and I am certain of the plant label's validity, these may not progress much further
All Foliage 212

All Spring Foliage 212
All Summer Foliage 212
All Autumn Foliage 212
All Winter Foliage 212

Flower Colour Wheel without photos, but with links to photos
12 Bloom Colours per Month Index
...All Plants Index


Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery
Usage of Plants
by Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis and Butterfly

Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis and Butterfly usage of
Plant A-C
Plant C-M
Plant N-W
Butterfly usage of Plant

followed by all the Wild Flower Family Pages:-


(o)Adder's Tongue
(o)Bog Myrtle
(o)Cornel (Dogwood)
(o)Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 1
(o)Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 2
(o)Daisy Cudweeds
(o)Daisy Chamomiles
(o)Daisy Thistle
(o)Daisy Catsears
(o)Daisy Hawkweeds
(o)Daisy Hawksbeards
(o)Dock Bistorts
(o)Dock Sorrels


(o)Filmy Fern
(o)Royal Fern
(o)Figwort - Mulleins
(o)Figwort - Speedwells
(o)Grass 1
(o)Grass 2
(o)Grass 3
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 1
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 2
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 3 (o)Hazel
(o)Jacobs Ladder
(o)Lily Garlic
(o)Marsh Pennywort
(o)Melon (Gourd/Cucumber)


(o)Orchid 1
(o)Orchid 2
(o)Orchid 3
(o)Orchid 4
(o)Peaflower Clover 1
(o)Peaflower Clover 2
(o)Peaflower Clover 3
(o)Peaflower Vetches/Peas
(o)Pink 1
(o)Pink 2
Rannock Rush
(o)Rose 1
(o)Rose 2
(o)Rose 3
(o)Rose 4
(o)Rush Woodrushes
(o)Saint Johns Wort
Saltmarsh Grasses


(o)Sea Lavender
(o)Sedge Rush-like
(o)Sedges Carex 1
(o)Sedges Carex 2
(o)Sedges Carex 3
(o)Sedges Carex 4
Tassel Pondweed
(o)Thyme 1
(o)Thyme 2
(o)Umbellifer 1
(o)Umbellifer 2
(o)Water Fern
(o)Water Milfoil
(o)Water Plantain
(o)Water Starwort


It is worth remembering that especially with roses that the colour of the petals of the flower may change - The following photos are of Rosa 'Lincolnshire Poacher' which I took on the same day in R.V. Roger's Nursery Field:-


Closed Bud


Opening Bud


Juvenile Flower


Older Juvenile Flower


Middle-aged Flower - Flower Colour in Season in its
Rose Description Page is
"Buff Yellow, with a very slight pink tint at the edges in May-October."


Mature Flower


Juvenile Flower and Dying Flower


Form of Rose Bush

There are 720 roses in the Rose Galleries; many of which have the above series of pictures in their respective Rose Description Page.

So one might avoid the disappointment that the 2 elephants had when their trunks were entwined instead of them each carrying their trunk using their own trunk, and your disappointment of buying a rose to discover that the colour you bought it for is only the case when it has its juvenile flowers; if you look at all the photos of the roses in the respective Rose Description Page!!!!

Ivydene Horticultural Services logo with I design, construct and maintain private gardens. I also advise and teach you in your own garden. 01634 389677

Site design and content copyright ©August 2019.
Chris Garnons-Williams.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.  


Picture Folder Name Pages:-

Since 14 June 2019 I have also started to put my own full-sized 4000 x 3000 digital Camera images into the relevant topics in this website again for use in the Public Domain - since there may
be 9 or more to a page the resulting 43Mb website page may take some time to load
. Since I have more than 26,522 photos using 111,460Mb of my disk space, then the extra upfront cost per annum before creating more folders like Photo coleus is just over 3.16 pence per photo has been paid for the total number in that entire photo collection before any are sent to the website.

It is hoped that you may find them of interest.

Ivydene Gardens Plant with Photo Index Gallery:
Page Articles/Items in Ivydene Gardens,
which might have nothing to do with Gardening




1 If you try to please everyone, you might as well... 


Low impact woodland house from Wales in Garden Design

2 Have you ever seen a building in motion that actually changes its shape?

Dynamic Architecture in Dubai

This building has wind turbines generating electricity for itself and others.

3 Some examples of award winning design, co-ordination and construction

Photos of construction errors


4 Example of Detailed Design for my New Garage

What you can do for yourself

You would no longer be allowed to erect your own scaffolding in the UK, unless you were in a scaffolding company, who did it for you (August 2019)

5 British Floral Sources of importance to Honey Bees

Table of plants with Flowering Months and Comments

These help the bees to survive

6 Many private front gardens in new housing estates have a drive to the garage, a path to the front door and an area of lawn. Except for you going to clean the windows, go to the garage or leave the house, the front garden is unused.

Practical suggestions to change your front lawn

Increases wildlife use of your land by bees

7 Besides the colour wheel of the flower, you could also further refine the list of...

Plants have other uses and effects

Practical suggestions on what other ways you can use bulbs, bedding, conifers, deciduous shrubs, ferns, rock garden plants and roses

8 Fragrant Plants adds the use of another of your 5 senses in your garden

Table of different fragrant plants

Normally you would put fragrant plants near to paths and patios as well as by the back door.

9 Five thoughts to make you think about the way we TREAT people.

Important thoughts


10 Parallel Thinking not Adversarial Thinking to find the ‘Way Forward’

Important way of communicating and deciding on the way forward

Professor Edward de Bono states that there should be equal emphasis on constructive thinking, on creative thinking and on design thinking. Knowledge is not enough. Value creation needs a different sort of thinking. So, Edward de Bono’s book ‘Why so Stupid? How the human race has never really learned to think’, needs to be read not in a defensive, adversarial or critical frame of mind but in an effort to get something from it.

11 Will visitors to Madeira worry about having branches or trees in public places fall on them?

Parts of trees in pavements will fall off

Incorrect treatment by man is making trees in pavements unsafe

12 Drinking water deprivation in Medway, England

Government policy to deprive its citizens of water

Unknown to the general public, the councils in the South East of England have opted for builders to reduce water consumption from the current 129 litres per person per day (Southern Water figure) to 110 in new homes through changes to the Building Regulations.

13 A solution to problem with the hanging loop on the side of a backless drees being caught in the zip.

Imagine a woman who cannot zip up or down her backless dress, while she is wearing it

New backless dress fashion!!!

14 Handbag wearing out?

Design your own leather handbag


15 My medical conditions make it difficult for me to socialise.


Currently in August 2019, the number of medications has increased to 11.

16 Ivydene Horticultural Services provided the message to the animals for the ARK using the IT system set up by another company.

Makes a 1 minute speech to other business people more interesting.


17 Hymn for Ivydene Horticultural Services


Hymn 777

18 How to bring fresh drinking water and sanitation to the slums in Bombay.



19 Botanical Names explained


This also includes some botanical terms explained as well

20 British Trees


Online resource about British trees.

21 The Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain is the result of a two-year survey of British flora. Its analysis shows that out of 1,756 species and subspecies, 345 (19.6%) are threatened.

Threatened plant speciies article from 2005

Almost a fifth of Britain's plant species are struggling to survive the threats posed by agriculture, overgrazing and the use of herbicides and fertilisers.

22 Paghat the Ratgirl on her website

Excellent gardening articles

I have always found her articles are very practical and useful.

23 "Grow Your Own Fruit" by Ken Muir

Excellent fully detailed catalogue

This section details different apple shapes in container grown form and apple shapes available in bare root for different uses.

24 How to transplant a 6 feet diameter rhododendron in flower from a garden to its neighbouring garden by yourself.

There is about 30 minutes before the bare roots of any plant that you are planting or transplanting starts to suffer drought stress.

Preparation before lifting the plant is extremely important timewise.

The Expert Advice page on the website provides a concise summary of the summary of the salient points about how and what Rhododendrons and Azaleas to grow.

25 Parts of a Flower with details on Nectar

Nearly one-third of all worldwide crops are dependent on animals to achieve efficient pollination.

Many double-flowered plants have little wildlife value as access to the nectaries is typically blocked by the mutation.

26 7 different Plant selection Methods

Plant selection

These methods go from the simplest to the most complete if you want to start from the uppermost design levels through to your choice of cultivated and wildflower plants to change your Plant Selection Process

27 Types of Soil

Each different soil requires its own plants


28 The Dictionary is the English to Romanian dictionary

Useful for talking to Romanians


29 A Rock Garden enthusiast in Holland with his detailed website

Rock Garden info


30 Jacky Miller has written a detailed, up-to-date 7,000 word guide on 14 health benefits of apricots according to science, and includes 8 delicious apricot recipes.

Each article’s word count is typically upwards of 5,000 to 10,000 words.

As a mum of 4 this is the product categories that she covers with articles - Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Home Office, Cleaning, Living Room, Hoe Gym, Lawn and Garden, Tools, Appliances, Security, Gifts and Books.

31 Why B’rer Possum ain’t had no hair on his tail


From Eat The Weeds and other things too - "While most of the articles are about plants and a few off-beat animals there are some editorials here and there. If you are a beginning forager you might want to get started with my videos and read the accompanying articles in that the first several dozen videos are in seasonal order. Learning a plant or two a month is quite easy."

32 The Far Reaches Farm in America is near Port Townsend whose town motto is "We're all here because we're not all there."

Nothing toxic is used in producing their plants. See their display gardens

The greenhouses house not only plants but lots of frogs (Froggy is their Chief Accountant with Tyler Walcheff as their Everything Else Man) and salamanders.

33 "Use Eupatorium cannabinum in your Butterfly Garden, since the Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Peacock, Large Skipper, Green-veined White and Silver-washed Fritillary visit this plant"

Plants for Butterflies

Encourage butterflies in your garden by planting their food plants and their plants for propagation.

34 An Australian who documents his family's journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle and produces a valuable resource for anyone who wants a simpler life

Videos on how to create a more sustainable lifestyle

His tagline - "An Ordinary Australian Man Who Has A Green Epiphany Whilst Watching A Documentary, Gets a Hybrid Car, Plants A Large Organic Vegetable Garden, Goes Totally Solar, Lowers Consumption, Feeds Composts Bins and Worms, Harvests Rainwater, Raises Chickens, Makes Cheese and Soap, and Eats Locally. All In The Effort To Reduce Our Family's Carbon Footprint So We Can Start Making A Difference For Our Children & Future Generations To Come."

35 Nursery Arne Herbs near Bristol in England is frequently asked to supply plants for Mediterranean garden designs.

Nursery produces the plants for Mediterranean, Medieval and
Early Renaissance Gardens

Although lists of plantings of Medieval and early Renaissance gardens are occasionally available in bookshops, Arne Herbs maintains a comprehensive library of classical and medieval texts to guarantee the authenticity of your planting. We back theory with practice by providing the true species referred to in the original texts.

36 "Instant Hedge" plants from 24 inch (60 cm) to 320 inches (800 cms) from
"Practicality Brown in England

They can provide, transport and plant instant hedges by the metre

The Elveden Instant Hedge is unique; the entire root structure developed by these hedges is carried to the planting site, eliminating transplant shock and allowing us to plant all year round.

37 To attract bees and other pollinators

Article on how to attract flower pollinators like bees

Kings Seeds in New Zealand sell seeds and this article is part of their website.

38 Transform your lawn into a beautiful, low-maintenance, edible oasis.

Grow your own food instead of a lawn

"C’ville Foodscapes is a worker-owned edible landscaping cooperative that transforms lawns into beautiful, low-maintenance, edible oases in and around Charlottesville, Virginia, America. Need help determining what will grow well in your space?  Want to make sure your garden get’s off to a healthy start?  Let us help you through the process: from design and installation to maintenance and ongoing education."

39 LESSONS FROM THE CHERRY PLUM’- A personal view of Permaculture, Action Learning and 'the 4 Questions'

This Permaculture article shows how to create a structure in which to hang your thinking

Good permaculture design is about developing powers of observation, deduction and problem-solving by working with nature’s patterns

40 2856 types of plants have been recorded as natives of Israel, and about 110 plant names are mentioned in the Bible and scattered throughout much more different entries.

Plants of the Bible


41 Explaination of Structure of this Website with User Guidelines

User Guidelines

After maintain your garden?, design your garden? and construct your garden is
plant selection.
Then, continuing on the left hand side is details on each of the Main Topics.
On the right hand side there are details about the
2423 Plants in the photo galleries followed by the
1115 Wildflowers and then the
68 Butterflies in Britain.

42 The following is of no relevance whatsoever



43 If you have a gas-fired boiler in your house there are 1 or 2 details you need to know

Some of the gas engineers who service and fit gas boilers in the homes within the South-East of England are quite happy to rip you off and leave you in an explosive situation for years.

You are more likely to get an engineer from China who would do the job properly. Although he may not read English, he/she can read diagrams and so fit a replacement boiler the correct way round and follow the diagrams on how to fit a Grundfos pump. He might also know what to do with the pipework, so that once installed you are not left with either one of 2 radiators getting hot but not both at the same time.

44 Letter from client of bank to her bank manager

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

"And remember: Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off."

45 One bird to another
" Hey - are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

Pictorial Joke


46 Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn't take itself too seriously.


Kulula Airlines Humour

47 "Weeds are the unwanted visitors which spoil our garden parties. But before you chuck them out, they can teach us a thing or two." Article from Monty Don.

Weeds and what to do about them

Includes Monty's list og garden horrors.

48 What is The Threatened Plants Database

Red Data Book

At its heart, the TPDB is a database about the 400-or- so rarest species in Britain, and was set up to enable the Joint Nature Conservation Committee to fulfil its statutory duties in protecting these plants and advising the UK government on conservation issues.

49 The Bumblebee Pages website


Create window box gardens for them.

50 FORCED INDOOR BULBS in Window Box Gardens.

Re-use forced indoor bulbs

Once these have flowered don't throw them out. Cut off the heads (unless you want seed) then put them somewhere that the leaves can get the sun. This will feed the bulb for the next year. Once the leaves have died you can plant the bulbs outside and they will flower at the normal (unforced) time next year. The narcissus Tete-a-tete is particularly good, and provides early colour and a delicate fragrance too.
In the table within the linked page, I have listed groups of plants. I have tried to include at least 4 plants in each list as you may not be able to find all of them, although, unless you have a very large windowbox, I would recommend that you have just 3 in each box.

51 During the first ten years, the RSPB has achieved its core objective for Hope Farm, showing that increasing farmland bird populations could be achieved whilst running a profitable conventional arable farm.

Increasing farmland bird populations

The Hope Farm will incorporate the following 4 principles:
Maximising biodiversity,
maintaing a profitable business, responding to climate change and
reducing diffuse pollution.

52 Flowers in Ultraviolet

Flowers in Ultra violet light which is the light used by insects

Flowers in Ultraviolet website provides photos of flowers in light that we see by and ultra violet light that is used by insects. This becomes useful in showing you how insects are guided to pollinate flowers.

53 Mental age assessment by Harvard University



54 Count the fish instead of sheep to get to sleep!

Relax before sleeping


55 9 types of salt are used in cooking



56 Signs of Advice



57 Research

I do research for this website

Theft from a single author is plagiarism.

Theft from two is comparative study.

Theft from three or more is research. (Unknown)

58 A secondary school teacher was arrested today at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board an international flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a pair of compasses, a slide-rule and a calculator.

Border Control keeping Britain secure


59 Functional combinations in the border from the International Flower Bulb Centre in Holland

Perennials to accompany bulbs

Here is a list of the perennials shown by research to be the best plants to accompany various flower bulbs. The flower bulbs were tested over a period of years in several perennial borders that had been established for at least three years.

60 Gardeners who really pay attention to the bloom sequence in their spring beds have probably noticed there’s a long lull, usually in mid- to late May, between the colorful riot of spring bulbs and the launch of the first summer bloomers.

Alliums to fill in a quite time for blooms in the garden


61 Before reaching for the pesticides, here are a few alternative natural, non-toxic methods of slug control

Non-toxic methods of slug control

One method is seaweed - If you have access to seaweed, it's well worth the effort to gather. Seaweed is not only a good soil amendment for the garden, it's a natural repellent for slugs.

62 On average, two gardeners a year die in the UK as a result of poisonous plants.

Poisonous plants can kill gardeners

There are poisonous plants lurking in almost every garden, dangerous to humans and animals alike. Many poisonous plants are far from obvious except to the expert. Those discussed in this blog are by no means exhaustive, but illustrate a range of concerns that should be foremost in the designer’s mind." from A garden Designer's Guide to Poisonous Plants by Oxford College of Garden Design.

63 How to tell a Colchicum from a true Crocus?

Diagram showing differences between Colchicum and Crocus


64 Lit cigarette, petrol ....pour, boom

Safety hazard detailed in pictures


65 A cold frame given over to Crocuses

Grow Crocuses in a cold frame

A cold frame given over to Crocuses is a very desirable form of luxury, and the winter-flowering and extreme Southern species can be grown thus to greater perfection - Crocus hyemalis, Crocus tournefortii, Crocus cambessedesii and Crocus cyprius need protection, and most of those that flower in November, December and January produce more perfect blossoms under cover than in the open during spells of bad weather.

66 Crocus and Colchicum (Hardcover) by Edward A. Bowles writen in 1924 is as complete about these bulbs as could be desired

Grow Crocus

The genus crocus deserves more attention than it has hitherto received in British Gardens.
Three only of its spring-flowering species have become general favourites, and there are still many good gardens in which autumnal and winter-flowering species have never been planted. Yet no other genus of hardy plants contains so many species and varieties that will flower in the open ground during the dullest months of the year.
By planting those now offered by nurserymen an unbroken succession of flowers may be obtained from mid-September until April.

67 History Lesson about ABDUL ABULBUL AMIR



68 Australian Bricklayer's Report

Accident report

This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers' Compensation Board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd have received the Darwin Award for sure

69 Irish Tradition


Irishman has 2 brothers.

70 Use Dahlias in Pots.

Dahlia Tuber use instructions

Instructions with photos for planting dahlias in a pot or tub from the International Flower Bulb Centre in Holland and from Growing Dahlias in Containers written by Barbara Jenke between 1995-2000.

71 Idiot Sighting No. 3

Other Idiot Sightings in Bulb Gladiolus Gallery.

I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the Highways Department to request the removal of the 'DEER CROSSING' sign on our road.

The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars on this stretch of road! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

Story from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

72 Plant combinations with Gladiolus

Combine 209 gladiolus with other plants

Unless used in masses, the plants are likely to appear rather spindling; but when properly planted, the bed of gladioli is one of the most showy features of summer or autumn.

73 Where can you buy
White and Pink Gladiolus on Green Wallpaper?

Now for a more important quest

Answer - 1940's Vintage Wallpaper - White and Aubergine Purple-Pink Gladiolus on Green.

74 Food for thought

Letter asking for advice in how to follow statements from the Bible in current times

The letter shows the problem with religion - it is impossible for people who have a different social grouping and a different time on this earth to follow the tenets of the people who wrote Leviticus 2000 years ago in a different society with different morals, mores and ways of life. The Old Testament for Jews was written by different people in different societies spread over a 1000 year period and their tenets do not agree with some of the ones in the New Testament written for Christians after the Old Testament.

75 Striped Icebergs

Different colours of frozen water

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

76 See through tyres

New tyre

Radical new tyre design by Michelin.

The next generation of tyres.

77 Plant Lilies in Pots

Pot your lilies

Lilies do exceptionally well in deep containers. Depth is important, especially for stem-rooted types.

78 Aberdeen Gardening

Profile of plants that grow well in North East Scotland

"I am Alistair and have been gardening in Aberdeen with my wife Myra for forty years. I suppose it would be quite true to say that we are rather fanatical about our garden.

Neither of us are professional gardeners, however over the years we have built up a great deal of knowledge as to how garden plants perform in the cooler climate of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

My posts are to provide information to the amateur gardener. I am not infallible, however I will let you know exactly how the plants which I feature performed in this part of the country"

79 All lilies are potentially lethal to cats.

Lilies toxic to cats

As little as one leaf can kill a cat if they eat it, and any part of the plant is dangerous, including the pollen, flowers and leaves.

80 Low maintenance garden for rabbits to eat the plants.

Gardens for Rabbits

Now, if you want a low maintenance garden, where you could relax with a cup of Green Tea without the harmful effects of caffeine, whilst cavorting with your pet rabbits, then:-

81 Visitors like me like to know what the name of a plant is that they see when visiting a garden and I have come up with an idea

Provide a ringbinder showing what plants are where in a garden bed.

I visited The Salutation - The Secret Gardens of Sandwich in April 2018.
Some of the plants were labelled, some had the nursery/retailers white thin labels on and others with no label. When I suggested to the reception/ticket office staff about having the above ring-binder book idea, they suggested I talk to the gardeners. When I talked to the gardeners, they did point out that a visitor had tramped over a bed to its back, taken off a label and then asked them if they had that plant for sale. It was pointed out to me that they were very busy at maintaining and improving the garden, providing day-long courses including lunch to the public and attending Chelsea, so they would be too busy to create such a document - besides which some of the beds could be completely changed each year.
It is a shame that gardens open to the public fail to link with the education system to aid the learning for tomorrow's students, or to help the older generation in creating their own gardens.

82 Sissinghurst Castle Garden was shut due to rain. If Grass Reinforcement Plastic Mesh was used on their grass paths, then they would not have to stop the 200,000 people from walking on it.

Rain should not be an excuse to stop visitors to Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The orchard was still shut down to visitors due to the effects of rain. The daffodil season is not long. Knowing that the visitor numbers of 2 a day might do too much damage to the ryegrass in that orchard and the turf elsewhere, perhaps the National Trust could put out another appeal to bolster their miniscule budget to use Grass Reinforement Plastic Mesh on all their turfed areas - the following is one company:-

"Suregreen Ltd provide a range of GR11 and GR14 grass reinforcement plastic mesh. Plastic mesh is ideal to reinforce grass as it can be fixed to the ground, and when the grass grows, the roots and sward of the grass intertwine with the mesh filaments to create a strong, stable, protected and reinforced grass surface. Suitable for areas that get worn, rutted and become muddy by excess traffic (cars, vans, people, trucks). Suregreen off two products, a turf reinforcement mesh for occasional frequent traffic and grass reinforcement mesh for more regular and heavier traffic".
Then, providing it was a tornado with 4 inches of rain falling per hour, the visitors could either walk or swim along the draining streams to see the plants.

83 A ringbinder book to show what plants are where is required at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens for up to 200,000 of its visitors to buy and use.

Identification of plants system required for Sissinhurst Castle Garden

Now, this is a famous GARDEN with PLANTS in it that visitors come to see and you have a plant shop that sells plants grown and shown in the garden. IF you have no labels on the plants in the garden, how do you expect your visitors to know what to ask for when they do not know the name?

A possible solution is that you replace all the plant labels with a label with a bed identity followed by a plant number starting with 1.
There will also be 1 notice per bed stating the following - If a plant label is missing, then this complete section will become unavailable for visitors for a week.

A ringbinder book with 2 pages facing each other will be produced for sale to the public. The plan of a bed with the permanent planting will be on the left and the bedding or changed permanent planting will be on the right. The Book will be updated to the next version in October each year. An Appendix with the Bedding and changed permanent planting will be produced in June for buyers of the ring-binder to change the relevant pages.

84 Information sheet from Alter-Natives Wholesale Nursery, Waipu, NZ

Botanical and Common Names, Structure of plant Families and some botanical terms

Very useful to know this information about plants.

85 Constantine Garden Nursery grows and sells over 4000 varieties of cottage garden perennials together with clematis and climbers

Where you can buy over 4000 perennials in the UK

They also provide botanical art courses, practical gardening courses and planting plans.

86 The Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain is the result of a two-year survey of British flora. Its analysis shows that out of 1,756 species and subspecies, 345 (19.6%) are threatened.

In May 2005 almost a fifth of Britain's plant species are threatened with extinction.

Britain is losing its native plants.

Trees for Life is an award-winning charity working to help restore the Caledonian Forest, which formerly covered a large part of the Scottish Highlands. Just 1% of the original forest survives today, as isolated stands of mostly old trees. See Birch Family of the Wildfflowers for more details.

87 Nursery Puddleplants have collections of plants that attract the following wildlife:-

  • Butterfly and Moth
  • Newt
  • Dragon and Damsel Fly
  • Bee with Marginal Plants
  • Bee with Bog Garden Plants

Nursery with collections of plants for wildlife within ponds in the UK

The nursery has a page detailing useful information

88 The Urbalive Worm Composter is a kit that can be used indoors or outdoors for composting kitchen waste with the red worms. Perfect for households, classrooms or offices. Worms work best in sheltered conditions so if possible the best places to site the kit are garden shed, garage or greenhouse, or in a sheltered location near the kitchen door - if you wish to leave your Urbalive outside please cover with a Tarpaulin or similar.

Worm Composting

Instead of sending your kitchen waste to the dump, compost it and use it in your indoor or outdoor garden.































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