Archives for September 2010

Flower of the month – Helianthus

Perennial sunflowers or Helianthus are a great way to bring fresh, bright colour to the back of the border in autumn. Flowering into early October, Perennial Helianthus are hardy, vigorous plants with small to large yellow flowers. They can grow from three to seven feet tall, depending on the … [Read more...]



Blight resistant tomatoes!

Good news for British tomato growers. Thompson & Morgan have a blight resistant tomato collection in the new 2011 seed catalogue. As you can tell by our posts over the summer, the blight fungus struck again when the weather turned wet at the start of July.  We will certainly be placing our … [Read more...]



Caithness flowers for bees

Wild flowers have been sown at Caithness farms to attract bees. A recent BBC article highlights the work being carried out in Scotland to help boost numbers of the rare great yellow bumblebee. Money from Highland Council's Landfill Communities Fund was used to help set up a project to sow wild … [Read more...]



Plant of the month – Sedum

Sedum spectabile or ice plant, is a wonderful flower for adding autumn colour to the border and is loved by bees and butterflies. Growing to a height and spread of around 45 cm, Sedum Spectabile enjoys full sun in light to well drained soil and is hardy enough to survive British … [Read more...]



How to Grow a School Garden

Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle, gardeners and educators, bring extensive experience to this excellent manual for teachers and parents interested in creating school gardens. With step-by-step tasks, advice on everything from raising funds to garden designs, materials lists, and lesson plans that … [Read more...]



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