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2e1ax Default Frontpage 23.02.13 from left to right: Euphorbia charaias subsp. wulfenii Cytisus scoparius- common broom Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna- Christmas box/ sweet box Rosmarinus officinalis- rosemary Arabis caucasica- rock cress Vinca major- periwinkle...
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2e1ax Default Frontpage Port Laurel 3 As you enter the gardens on your right is a patch of Portuguese laurel. The laurel had got far too big for its boots and was starting to rob space and light from other shrubs around it. ....so we have knocked it down a peg or two- In fact we have coppiced it to the ground! It looks very dramatic but the laurel will soon put on more growth and fill the gap.  ...
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2e1ax Default Frontpage Daisy Step Animal Damage This is a picture of the daisy steps- or daisyless steps! Every year we find that the Erigeron karvinskianus struggles to establish at the top of the daisy steps. No matter how many we carefully plant up thay always look thinner at the top than the bottom. And here's why......  some kind of animal- possible badger as there are sets nearby, or possibly squirrel- are digging them up. They are not interested in eating the plant but whatever is buried behind it. That's why I think it must be the badgers listening out for bugs and grubs moving in the soil...
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2e1ax Default Frontpage Crocus It's not just us humans that enjoy a sunny day. A number of winter/spring plants also smile in the sunshine. Crocus and winter aconite will only open their petals if the temperature is warm enough. This is because they know that if it is too cold there will be fewer insects around to pollinate them so it is not worth them exposing themselves to the elements. If the crocus open up its petals it's going to be a good day!...
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2e1ax Default Frontpage Feb 02 From left to right   Mahonia 'Charity' Lonicera fragrantissima Cyclamen coum Iberis sempervirens...
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