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Common Name    Latin Name
African Milkworth     Polygala myrtifolia
S_polygala_myrtifolia-c_african_milkworth This plant flowers continually from Summer to winter before the frost. I bring it inside in December before the frost. The flowers are typical legume flowers in bright pink. It has many other common names including Myrtle leaf Milkworth, snakeroot and Sweet Pea Shrub. There are over 500 species of Polygala with different colours and shapes of flowers. I believe that it is called African Milkworth because its origin is from South Africa and the farmers there credit this plant with increasing t...
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Solomon Seal     Polygonatum biflorum
S_polygonatum_biflorum-c_solomon_seal Solomon Seal is a tough hardy rhizome forming prerennial. It will tolerate shade, but does best in a sunny position. It dies down in late summer and returns in the spring. The flowers hang down beneath each pair of leaves and are white bell shaped. They last for a long time and if the plant is sprayed to prevent snail damage to the light green leaves it is a very statuesque plant. Here it is just comming up after its winter dormancy beneath an apple tree.
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Cats paws     Polypodium aureum
S_polypodium_aureum-c_cats_paws This is a very beautiful but unusual fern. The leaves can reach 3 feet in length, but what is unusual is that the rhizomes looks very much like cat's paws. The dark green leaves and the silvery bloom gives the leaves a special look. On the underside of the leaves are spots in groups of three which are the spores. I find it very temperamental and fussy. It does not like some insecticides and fungicide often dying back and regrowing.
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Pond Enlargement     Pond enlargement
S_pond_enlargement-c_pond_enlargement This pond started as a small narrow brick built pond attached to the shed. Being built up there was less chance of young kids falling in. It was north facing and at an area I could not utilise with plants easily and under the Weigelia and grape vine. As the fishes grew the first extention in an L shape to catch more sun was added. The fish grew larger again and this part was made wider and deeper. The last addition I think. The plants are clipped to the wall by a wire rail.
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Purslane[1]     Portulaca Grandiflora
S_portulaca_grandiflora-c_purslane[1] Its funny how plants from your childhood keeps popping up. My granny and aunt use to grow this annual on their varanda in Belize. I use to love them then as now and I always find room for some of these miniture rose-like flowers. They are also known as Moss Rose. They come in many colours from white through yellow to red. They are succulent and don't mind being dry, but needs good well drained soil and watering to flower well. Also deadheading or they stop flowering for a period.
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Cinguefoil     Potentilla____
S_potentilla____-c_cinguefoil This hardy shrub is a fighter and flowers profusely all summer long. Here it is fighting for survival with Hebe, Cotenester and Crocosmia. There are many varieties and cultivars and colours to choose from. The bright yellow flowers and the fine leaves adds interest to most gardens.
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Primula Candelabra     Primula candelabra
S_primula_candelabra-c_primula_candelabra Candelabra Primulas tends to be biennials and have to be grown to flower the following year. They come in a variety of colours from white, yellow, purple, pink and red. In good boggy conditions they can reach 2 feet(60cm). Grouped together at the edge of a pond they are magnificient in spring. They self seed readily and as such they are almost perennial. Their whorls of flowers in tiers are wonderful seen together in a large group.
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Primula Polyneura     Primula polyneura
S_primula_polyneura-c_primula_polyneura This is a very pretty primula, easily grown in ordinary garden soil as well as here in the pond. It is a valuable addition to the garden as it blooms later than most primulas.This Primula reminds me of the Primula candelabra which is a biennial. This ia a perennial and returns to flower every spring. It likes partial shade to full sun and is a woodland species. I think the flowers and leaves are wonderful.
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Polyanthus____     Primula____
S_primula____-c_polyanthus____ Polyanthus is a hardy perennial and member of the primula family that flower in early winter through to late spring and come in every color of the rainbow and mixtures thereof. They are popular for planting as a border around the edge of flower beds or planting between other shrubs and flowers for winter and late spring colors. Polyanthus are the best plant to plant this time of year as the rosette of leaves and flowers are sturdy and not easily damaged by spring storms. They can also take a...
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Mint Bush     Prostanthera cuneata
S_phrostanthera_cuneata-c_mint_bush My Prosthantera rotundifolia for the past five years has suddenly died. It was about 10feet(3mtrs) high against the wall. It was a good combination for thr Circis, both flowering at the same time. This Prostanthere is a replacement. I do not think it will reach the size of its predecessor, but the flowers are more delicate. There again the purple colour of the Rotundifolia might be better. I will wait and see.
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Mint Bush[1]     Prosthantera rotundifolia
S_prosthantera_rotundiflolia-c_mint_bush[1] This Australian native has a strong, but pleasant smell when the leaves are crushed. There are a few species which are smaller and with white or pink flowers with the same smell. This one has grown to ablout 10 feet(3mtrs) in about four years and when in flower it is a magnificient sight. The leaves are also fine and delicate and does not totally block out the light. It is not fully hardy and a heavy frost will singe the leaves or may kill it. It also blends well with the Cercis flowering at ...
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King Protea[4]     Protea cynaroides
S_protea_cynaroides-c_king_protea[4] This is a close up view of this wonderful flower, the national flower of South Africa. It is a difficult plant to grow even though it will withstand some frost. I think that it needs a dery spell from about October to about March. It does not tolerate Phosphrous in the soil and is prone to dying all of a sudden. It starts to develop flowering buds at the ends of stems around the end of September and these gradually bulk up over the winter until it finally flowers around June the following year.
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Cherries     Prunus cerasus
S_prunus_cerasus-c_cherries Cherry trees look fantastic in spring and providing you can keep the birds from the cherries the fruit is also wonderful. It is a fast and vigorous and large tree, but can be grown in a large pot as this one is. The choice if variety is important. I wondered why the birds did not strip this tree for about three years. The cherries were large red and plump, but tasted sharp. After looking up the variety I found it was a cooking variety. One benifit of growing it in a pot is that it is easier t...
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Nectarine     Prunus persica Nectarina
S_prunus_persica_nectarina-c_nectarine Nectarine is a variant of the peach with a smooth skin. Propagation and growth are the same. The Nectarine tree has beautiful pink flowers early in March before the frost is over. If the frost gets to the flowers or it is too dry or you spray for peach leaf curl they will not set fruit. This plant is a grafted tree which is grown in a pot and does not reach more than about three feet in height. At flowering time I polinate each flower with a soft brush as there are little or no pollinators ab...
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Pomegranate     Punica granatum
S_punica_granatum-c_pomegranate This plant is an easy plant to grow from seed. The difficulty is to get them to flower. They need up to seven months to ripen the fruits and although the plant will survive light frost, it becomes a deciduous and loses all its leaves if the temperature falls too low. As a small shrub the plant is very ornamental with small leaves along the stem. If it is to flower it needs some heat and protection during the winter over here. The flowers are wonderful and looks like a double red rose.
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Wildlife Frog     Rana temporaria
S_rana_temporaria-c_wildlife_frog The wildlife in the garden is quite varied, from robins to frogs. I am not keen on frogs or toads, but they keep the slugs and snail population under control. The pond allows masses of frogs and toad spawn to hatch and in this garden it is mainly frogs and a few toads. I have only recently been able to catch them by hand, when they are in unwanted places, and release them.Here one is caught in the petioles of the marsh marigold at the edge of the pond.
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Cactus pendulus     Rhipsalis capilliformis
S_rhipsalis_capilliformis-c_cactus_pendulus This plant has many synonyms including Rhipsalis tetragona, Rhipsalis maricaensis, Rhipsalis penduliflora, Rhipsalis prismatica, Hariota prismatica, Rhipsalis teres, Cactus pendulus, Rhipsalis pendula, Hariota riedeliana, Rhipsalis virgata, Rhipsalis heteroclada, Rhipsalis clavellina, Rhipsalis riedeliana, Rhipsalis teres, Cactus teres, Hariota teres, Rhipsalis gracilis, Rhipsalis capilliformis, Hariota conferta, Rhipsalis conferta, Rhipsalis cribrata, Hariota cribrata, Erythrorhipsalis cribr...
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Coral Cactus     Rhipsalis cereuscula
S_rhipsalis_cereuscula-c_coral_cactus Rhipsalis Cereuscula has a interesting growth habit of forming coral like growths. It flowers on the tips of the growth blooming with small white flowers.It will mound and cascade easily and withstand temperatures down to at least 2 degrees Centigrade. When it flowers on mass the sight reminds me of Gypsophillia.
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Azalea red     Rhododendron ____
S_rhododendron-____-c_azalea-red Azaleas provide a wonderful display in early spring and apart from acidic soil condition and watering needs little attention. I have used the tap water which is hard on this plant for years now, with little effect. Too much hard water and the leaves yellow and the plant eventually dies. The growers have developed so many cultivars that there is a vast range of multi or plain colours to choose from.
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Castor Oil Plant     Ricinus communis
S_ricinus_communis-c_castor_oil_plant This plant is grown for its large palmate leaves, which are brown in colour and then turning green later. Care must be taken with the seeds of this plant a sit contains one of the most potent poisons.
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