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Common Name    Latin Name
Venus Flytrap     Dionaea muscipula
S_dionaea_muscipula-c_venus_flytrap[2] This plant is quite difficult to keep growing well. I have had very little success until this year. Keeping it when the temperature drops is difficult and extra heating is required. I hope to overwinter this one on my windowsill with my orchids. There are several cultivars of this plant as it is a commercially grown as many kids want to feed it with insects. The speed of closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with w...
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Verbena Bonariensis     Verbena bonariensis
S_verbena_bonariensis-c_verbena_bonariensis This verbena grows to a height of 6 feet(2mtrs) and Verbena it is tall and thin with narrow leaves. It's good for planting amongst other plants as it climbs through and gets some support. It does not need staking although they will fall over in the winter gales. It will not always survive the winter, but it does self seed easily and will flower in the same year. In the spring cut back the dead stalks from previous year.
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Verbena____     Verbena____
S_verbena____-c_verbena____ There are many types of Verbina. This type comes in many colours. It can survive from year to year, but is best treated as an annual. By the end of summer this wall was covered in a mass of bright red flowers. It trails and branches and is also good for baskets or pots. The flower stalk continually produces new flowers from the center until no moreis available. As it branches and grows new flower s are produced from the tips if the growth.
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Vodoo Lily     Sauromatum nenosum
S_sauromatum_nenosum-c_vodoo_lily This is the flower of the vodo lily. It smells of rotting meat for a day or two, but the leaves are worth the wait. The blotches on the stems of the leaves and the flowering without soil probably gives it its common name.The larger bulbs flower and bulblets are formed. The fruits are typical of arum lilies and looks like the seeds of pomegranite. It is hardy and survives the winter in the soil reappearing in late spring.
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Wallflowers     Erysimum____
S_erysimum____-c_wallflowers Wallflowers, although not native to England, are quintessentially an English flower. They are easy to grow perennial and does best in dry soils with very good drainage. They are often grown successfully in loose wall mortar, hence the vernacular name. Their flowers range in colour from bright yellow through red to purple and almost black. Most garden wallflower cultivars are derived from E. cheiri, from southern Europe. I grow many on the wall in front of the house. This one is a new cultivar...
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Water Dropworth     Oeanthe fistulosa Flamingo
S_oeanthe_fistulosa_flamingo-c_water_dropworth[2] This interesting foliage plant is related to parsley. It is a leafy vegetable that bears small flowers above celery-like foliage. It is an edible leaf which can be served with rice. I find it an attractive bushy mass of green, white and pink that darken in cool weather. It is semi-evergreen in mild winters and roots freely but is easily controlled. Here I am growing it in the pond to add interest to the edges.
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Wax plant[1]     Hoya Carnosa
S_hoya_carnosa-c_wax_plant[1] There are several species of Hoya. The carnosa is a light pink colour which produces these hemispheric balls of flowers with copious amounts of nectar and a most sensational scent in the evenings. The flowers looks just as if they have been made out of wax hence its common name. Hoya is what I call a semi-epiphyte with pseudo roots on the stems, which in its native E. Asia allows it to cling to trees and rocks. When growing in soil these roots rarely develop any lenght. This makes it easy to...
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Weigelia____DUP28     Weigelia____
S_weigelia____-c_weigelia____dup28 This is a beautiful shrub when in flower. It flowers well into June and I sometimes have trouble pruning it to the shape I require as I would lose some flowers. I therefore prune it piecemeal as soon as the flowers on a particular branch stops flowering. It flowers on the present years growth. Time of year dictates whether softwood or hardwood cuttings are taken for propagation. Some branches tend to die back, but there are usually many others to take its place. If left on its own it gets leg...
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Whirling Butterflies     Gaura lindheimeri
S_gaura_lindheimeri-c_whirling_butterflies White gaura is an herbaceous perennial that grows in a loose, bushy clump 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 mtr) tall with a spread of 2ft (0.7 mtr).The stems are slender, and covered with tiny hairs. The leaves are spoon shaped with toothed margins. The flowers look like hovering butterflies at certain angles and are produced above the foliage on erect spikes that continue to elongate throughout the extended blooming period of late spring until first near the time for frost.
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Wild Cabbage     Brassica oleracea
S_brassica_oleracea-c_wild_cabbage As a plant to give colour throughout the winter you cannot beat this ornamental cabbage. It is very hardy and looks like a large flower. There are other colours and textures to choose from. This one eventually grew to about 12 inches across and was eventually dug up in the spring.
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Wildlife Blue Tit     Cyanistes caeruleus
S_cyanistes_caeruleus-c_wildlife_blue_tit The Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. These birds have nested several times in my garden in nest boxes high up and in shade from the sun.<br /> Blue tits with its blue and yellow plumage, are resident and non-migratory birds, are widespread and a common throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia. They usually nest in tree holes with small entrances, although they easily adapt to nest boxes where convenient.<br /> The blue tit ...
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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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Wildlife Frog Spawn     Frog spawn
S_frog_spawn-c_frog_spawn The number of frogs in my garden must be quite large. This Spawning is about half of what was in the jacuzzi after I left it open one winter before I put the motors in place. The winter rain filled it and the frogs started to use it instead of the pond. I kept these and fed them until they had hatched. At spawning time they are a nuisance for about a month. Then they dissapear in the undergrowth. Untill it is time to find a place to hibernate for the winter. They are useful creatures as they ...
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Wildlife Peacock Butterfly     Inachis io
S_inachis_io-c_wildlife_peacock_butterfly The Buddleja tree in the garden brings in to the garden many different butterflies and moths. This in turn brings in many different birds that feed on them. This Peacock butterfly was followed for some time until it rested on the floor. Manny other genus and species are seen in the garden on the flowers of the Buddleja.
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Wildlife Red Admiral     Vanessa atalanta
S_vanessa_atalanta_wildlife_red_admiral This butterfly is distinctive and may be found throughout Great Britain. It has a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wing span. Each spring and summer there are northward migrations from continental Europe and North Africa. The females lay eggs especially on nettles and there is an emergence of fresh butterflies, from about July onwards. They lay single eggs on the growing tips of nettles. After a week or so, the caterpillars hatch and each spins a tent around itself by fastening a young leaf double with ...
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Wildlife Robin     Erithacus rubecula
S_erithacus_rubecula-c_wildlife_robin The European Robin Erithacus rubecula, (robin redbreast) is a small insectivorous passerine bird that was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). Around 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 in) in length, the male and female have similar colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across the temperate north and south to North Africa; it does not migr...
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Wildlife Slugs     Arion rufus
S_arion_rufus-c_wildlife_slugs This year 2007 has been a good year for the Slugs. I had to remove the water butt to do some repairs to the fence and wall. I keep finding these Slugs The hedgehogs I believe has left the garden as I have not seen them for at least two years. I do hate destroying these as they play a part in recycling the garden waste and provide food for other animals and birds.
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Wildlife Spider     Araneus diadematus
S_araneus_diadematus-c_wildlife_spider For those of you who are scared of spiders. This beautiful specimen was caught running over some leaves. This is the European garden spider Araneus diadematus or diadem spider, It is also known as the cross spider in Eastern Europe, is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Western Europe. It also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada. Individual spiders colouring can ...
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Wildlife Tree Sparrow     Passer montanus
S_passer_montanus_c_wildlife_tree_sparrow The Tree Sparrow Passer montanus is a finch-like bird. There are two UK species but several others in Europe, Asia and Africa. They have stout bodies, rounded wings and broad heads, with deep, conical bills adapted for seed-eating.<br /> They are social and loosely colonial when breeding. Most nest in cavities but some may nest in bushes or trees, building untidy nests of grass and assorted rubbish. They have no well-developed songs, but several variations on loud chirps and cheeps. Some spe...
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Winter Spring200     Winter Spring2001
S_winter_spring32001-c_winter_spring32001 This time of year can be quite drab if it is not for the spring bulbs. Here after the crocus the dafodils are in flower and gives an instant lift to the garden. Winter pansies are also a welcome sight at this time of the year, I use to have a small grass lawn here at the front, but found that the reflective nature of the pebbels brighten the shady front garden and is much more practical in the wet weather.
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