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Common Name    Latin Name
Argaranthemum yellowDUP30     Argyranthemum____
S_argyranthemum____-c_argaranthemum_yellowdup30 There are many different colours and varieties of Argaranthemum with many common names. Originally from the Canary island and Madeira. They used to be included in the genus Chrysanthemum, and are commonly called "Marguerite". Many of the plants found in gardens are cultivars and some are spectacular indeed. There is a variety that will suit any garden. Most are tender plants, but are easy to propagate from cuttings.
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Arum Italicum     Arum italicum
S_arum_italicum-c_arum_italicum This is a plant that gives a display in the winter and spring. It is double planted with Hostas, which takes over in the late spring when this plant dies down. (see pictures below) It produces red berries on its flowering stalk. The bulb below ground produces numerous bulblets making it easy to propagate.
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Asparagus Fern     Asparagus setaceus
S_asparagus_setaceus-c_asparagus_fern[1] In a shady area of the garden I have mixed two Asparagus ferns. A.Densiflorus and A. setaceus (pulmosus fern). The A. pulmosus is usually used as a house plant, but I have found that it survives outside with some slight covering of a sheet for the coldest part of winter. A. setaceus looks fernlike and resemples the growth of the Asparagus plant that are eaten as a vegetable. A. ferns are not true ferns, but climbing plants with flowers and sharp thorns.
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Asparagus Fern     Asparagus densiflorus
S_asparagus_densiflorus-c_asparagus_fern[2] This picture shows A. densiflorus in front A. pulmosus. I have now reversed the planting as A. Densiflorus is much more vigorous and swamps A. setaceus(Plumosus fern). Both seem to survive outside quite well, but I do try to cover them up when frost is likely. Both have sharp thorns, which snag on to clothing easily. A. densiflorus is another plant in my garden from South Africa.
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Asplenium Fern     Asplenium____
S_asplenium____-c_asplenium_fern I am not sure wether this is an asplenum, but it is ahardy fern, with wrinlkled, scolloped, oval, shaped leaves Here it is agood companion for the hearts Tongue fern. The leaves form a rosette with new leaves appearing from the center.
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Aster____     Aster____
S_aster____-c_aster____ This is one of my favorite flowers, perhaps because I use to see it in my parents garden when I was young. On its own the display is not great but in a group it is worth a place in any garden. There are hundreds of different varieties of Asters. I prefer this double type with its long thin soft petals. It also flowers from Late summer to autumn when most other flowers have finished.
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Australian Bottle Brush     Callistemon citrinus
S_callistemon_citrinus-c_australian_bottle_brush There are many colours and varieties of this Australian plant. It is hardy here in london and is a regualar blooming schrub. Like this one it can be trained as a half standard. When in bloom the flowers are magnificient and the bees love to come and collect the yellow pollen. In the spring the young leaves are almost redwhich adds to the charm of this schrub. There are special pruning requirements. (see elswhere)
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Autumn Crocus     Colchicum waterlily
S_colchicum_waterlily-c_autumn_crocus This version of the autumn crocus is a wonderful addition to the garden. it flowers in sept to october when most plants have stop flowering. The bulb then splits in two and develop leaves which die down in the late spring. It should provide a good companion for double planting in the same spot. If given sufficient growing time the following year the number of bulbs double.
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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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Baby Rubber Plant     Peperomia obtusifolia
S_peperomia_obtusifolia-c_baby_rubber_plant This is another form of peperomia and is a succulent and makes a very good houseplant. It can dry out and continue to look good. This variegated succulent leaves adds interest to this plant. The leaves looks like miniature rubber plant leaves hence the leaves.
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Babys breath     Gypsophila paniculata
S_gypsophila_paniculata-c_babys_breath Every year I try to grow this plant and it dies in the winter, perhaps I it is too wet in my garden in the winter. WelI am trying again as it is such a pretty plant when in full flower. It is a tap rooted perennial and likes sandy soil which is free draining therefore it should like my garden soil. It is also said to be hardy and will grow up to a height of 4 feet(1.2 mtrs) Well here goes again.
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Bacopa Snowflake[2]     Bacopa snowflake
S_bacopa_snowflake-c_bacopa_snowflake[2] This picture shows the Bacopa recovering from the winter on the roof. Its brilliant white flowers do remind me of snowflakes. Apart from watering and feeding very little effort is required for it to produce its best. In a basket providing it can have plenty of water it will completely hide the basket. If it dries out the flowers tend to drop. A heavy frost will kill it but in mild frost it is perennial and will flower from year to year.
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Banana____     Musa____
S_musa____-c_banana____ There is a large range of bananas to choose from. Some like musa basjoo will even tolerate some frost. This one is a tropical version, unfortunately I left it out in the frost and the main plant died, but the suckers have been grown back and potted on. This is one of those suckers. In the tropics bananas grow and fruit within a year. Over here much more care must be taken and sometimes they flower in two years. I overwinter this one in a cool conservatory. I grow it mainly for the leaves.
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Barberton Daisy     Gerbera jamesonii red
S_gerbera_jamesonii_red-c_barberton_daisy Another plant from South Africa. It grows and flowers well in late spring and summer in the garden over here. Although classed as an annual I have overeintered the white variety in the ground for some years now. the frost kills the leaves but the roots regrow like a perinnial. It does not do so well the following year so I have taking to dig it up and overwinter it in the cold greenhouse.
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Barberton Daisy     Gerbera jamesonii white
S_gerbera_jamesonii_white-c_barberton_daisy This white variety seems to be a perennial and regrows after the frost. It does not do so well the following year in the ground. So I have taken to diging it up and overwintering it in the cold greenhouse. It does much better if it does not loose its leaves in the winter.
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Barberton Daisy     Gerbera jamesonii yellow
S_gerbera_jamesonii_yellow-c_barberton_daisy Another version of one of the worlds most grown cut flowers. I find giving it a sunny position it flowers for a long time in the summer and autumn.
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Barberton Daisy.2]     Gerbera jamesonii orange
S_gerbera_jamesonii_orange-c_barberton_daisy This orange variety provided a beautiful addition to the garden it flowered for a long time in the summer and autum. Plenty of water and a sandy soil in a chimney pot to raise it up so it can reach the sunlight. This is the front view from the pavement side.
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Bat Plant     Tacca chantrierei
S_tacca_chantrierei-c_bat_plant Very few plant flowers are black. This flower from certain angles looks just like a bat flying through the ai r. Placed on the wall just over the fish pond it floowered well in a non sunny, but light area. It liked the humidity from the water. It overwintered well in the cool conservatory, but I brought it out too early in the spring and the frost killed it. I plan to replace it asap as its large leaves also looks good.
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Bay TreeDUP37     Laurus noblis
S_laurus_noblis-c_bay_treedup37 The bay tree can grow quite large and is very hardy. It flowers are not great, but the dried leaves are used in cooking. It is a slow growing tree like the holly. I have kept this one in a small pot for some years now. Every now and then I cut some leaves to be dried for the kitchen. It does tolerate drought conditions.
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BBQ     BBQ
S_bbq-c_bbq Even in a small garden you can have a large barbecue. The whole barbecue is dismantled and hidden behind the plants at the end of the garden. The top is to avoid the rain affecting the cooking process as you can bet it will rain just when you start. One of the secrets of doing such large pieces of meat is to cauterize the whole outside with heat before slow (about 4 hours) cooking with constant basting. Garlic and onions are inserted into the meat which defuses flavour into the meat.
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