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Common Name    Latin Name
False Sea Onion[5]     Ornithogalum caudatum
S_ornithogalum_caudatum-c_false_sea_onion[5] This raceme with white flowers and a green stripe down the center of each petal belongs to the False Sea Onion. The plant has several medicinal uses. It tends to g dormant if it is allowed to dry out. The bulb looks just like a young onion, but smoother on the outside. The flowers are quite lovely and unusual, being green and white. It seems to grow well in pots, but the roots soon fill the pot.
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Ferns Various     Ferns various
S_ferns_various-c_ferns_various[3]-dup5 This low light area of the garden is dominated by ferns and Enchanted Nightshade. At the border edge I plant blue and white lobelia, which sets off the ferns. In the background I have swapped the two Asparagus ferns around as the densiflorous was outgrowing the setaceus. With the help on foil on the nearby walls to reflect light the plants in this area does much better.
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Feverfew     Tanacetum parthenium
S_tanacetum_parthenium-c_feverfew What a weed it will grow anywhere it is allowed, but what a flower and what a plant. Feverfew is a perennial, and herbaceous in habit. When once planted it gives years of abundant supply of blossoms with little attention except perhaps for blackfly. It is said it cures fever and tincture made from it gives instant relief from insect bites. I always have a few plants growing and flowering all year round. In full bloom it is a magnificient flowering herbaceous plant that grows to about 18 inche...
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Fireball lily     Scadoxus multiflorus
S_scadoxus_multiflorus-c_fireball_lily The Fireball lily is an evergreen bulbous or rhizomatous perennial, producing up to about nine leaves per season whose tubular leaf bases form a pseudostem, a false stem formed by the sheathing leaf bases which overlap closely. The pseudostem is sturdy and fleshy with a diameter of up to 60 mm. It has an unusual growth pattern. Click on "See more about this plant" below this text. The flowers are large up to 9 inches(20cm) and pink to red.
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Flannel Bush     Frementodendron californicum
S_frementodendron_californicum-c_flannel_bush This tree is an evergreen and is hardy down to at least -15 degrees C. It likes dry well drained soil and can grow in a pot for many years. Its leaves are stiff velvety to the feel. It can reach to 20 feet(6mtrs). All summer long it is continually producing its wonderful yellow flowers that are attractive to bees. Its bark is said to have medicinal uses. It is said to be an irritant, but I have not found it so. After a long period of flowering it produces seed pods which are up to two inches(...
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Flax Lily     Dianella tasmanica
S_dianella_tasmanica-c_flax_lily[3] This plant has not flowered as yet, but blue flowers are very pretty. It is an evergreen and grows up to about 2ft(60cm). high, slowly spreading to form small thickets. The sprays of bright blue flowers in summer are followed by large dramatic metallic looking blue berries that hold for a long time. Best with some shade or cool sun. These brilliant purple fruits of Dianella really stands out in the front garden. It has taken a couple of years for it to start flowering and although the flowers...
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Flowering Maple     Abutilon pictum
S_abutilon_pictum-c_flowering-maple Abutilon is one of those genera of plants that gardens seems to have many species of. The species are varied in shape and form of the plants and flowers. In my garden I have about four species. Most are semi-hardy and can stand short spells at zero degrees centigrade, but does best if given some winter protection. This species seems to be much more temperamental than the white flowering variety. and takes a longer time to recover after the winter. See the next picture below for more informat...
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Flowering Maple[4]     Abutilon Boule de Neige
S_abutilon_boule_de_neige-c_flowering_maple[4] This species of abutilon produces its white flowers in aboundance on fresh growth. The slugs and snails devour the fresh bark with relish unless I spray the bark and underside of the leaves with liquid sluggit. It will tolerate short spells of frost. I protect mine by wrapping it in sheets during the frost.
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Forest Lily     Veltheimia viridifolia
S_veltheimia_viridifolia-c_forest_lily This bulb has several common names like Cape lily, Forest lily, Sandui (sand onion), Winter Red Hot Poker.The glossy green, fleshy leaves, are broadly strap-shaped with wavy margins. The inflorescence is a dense raceme of tubular flowers carried on a long stalk. There are several colours of Veltheimia from pink through Orange to red and also multi colours. This is another plant from South Africa and as such does best with a period of drought when the leaves dry off, but it can also continue t...
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Forget_Me_Not     Myosotis_arvensis
S_myosotis_arvensis-c_forget_me_not This annual is tough and hardy reappearing every year. It has many conotations, lovers give it to their partners, friends give it to friends when they are away, it is the national plant of Alaska and so on. Here the plant is nearly at an the end of its growth. It is a woodland plant will grow in shade.If it grows wild in Alaska and Iceland it must be tough. There are other colour species, but the blue is the most famous and desired. It also attracts butterflies.
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Forsythia     Forsythia suspensa
S_forsythia_suspensa-c_forsythia This shrub is hardy and tough and can be vigorous sending up suckers that can soon overwhelm the garden. It can be trained topairy fashion and is spectacular when in full flower in late winter or early spring. It flowers on the previous years growth so pruning must be done just after flowering for best results. Very old wood should be cut back to the ground to encourage new growth especially as it does not flower on very old wood.
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Foxgloves     Digitalis___
S_digitalis___-c_foxgloves These are the archetypical plant for the English border. They are bi-ennials and the eventual size of the flower spike is dependant on the treatment it receives the previous growing season. They produce so many thousands of seeds that you always find a few growing somewhere in the garden. They come in a wide range of colours and patterns. They are also other species with smother and more tapering and pointed leaves.I do like this pink version which adds beauty in the spring.
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Foxtail Lily     Eremurus robustus
S_eremurus_robustus-c_foxtail_lily This is a spectacular flowering plant, with a flowering raceme that can reach ten feet. The strap leaves are up to 3 feet(1mtr). It is good plant for double planting as after flowering in late spring early summer the plant dies down and appear in the following spring. I grow it in a large pot with one of the less vigorous Cannas like picasso which starts to grow in late spring. There are many other Eremurus, but this is the tallest and I think the most spectacular of the eremurus. In front o...
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French Marigold     Tagetes patula
S_tagetes_patula-c_french_marigold French Marigolds are a must in my garden every year. They remind me of my childhood in Belize when the field in front of our house was pepered with these plants and flowers. The smell never left me. The flowers also makesa wonderful wine. I think I still have some from 20 years ago. must get drinking. I would like to have them everywhere in my garden, but the dreded slugs and snails devour them in one night. The only place I could have them is between the lawn and pathway where I can spray t...
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French Marigold(diploid)     Tagetes patula diploid
S_tagetes_patula_diploid-c_french_marigold I now on only grow the diploid version of this marvelous plant. The reason is that it is much more vigorous and open in its growth. It is more expensive, but the result outweigh this. Marigold does not like being bed out when it is cold and takes a long time to recover. A cloche willl help early flowering and growth. These diploid varieties are usually ready later than the normal marigolds and the seeds will not be suitable for saving as they will not come true. Here I double plant the Marigo...
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Fringed Tulip     Tulipa____
S_tulipa____-c_fringed_tulip Tulips are wonderful and reliable spring flowers. They are especially good for planting in mass and is a typical English garden spring bulb. I tend not to use too many of them as they need a long time to generate enough reserves for next years flowering. They grow in shade or full sun and come in hundreds of colours and shapes. Here a fringed variety is used on its own in a pot on the fence.
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Front DoorA     Front door72002
S_front_doora-c_front_door72002 Just imagine it, comming in from a stressful day at work and passing through the archway of Everlasting Pea with their delicate scent. Then brushing past the Thyme with its powerful smell. Then passing the array of different flowers which delight the eye. All of a sudden all the worries of work dissapear and you start to think of gardening. Those people who neglect their gardens are missing out on so much free stress relief. It is not so difficult to do and you can easily learn to get green f...
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Front Fence20021     Front fence20021
S_front_fence20021-c_front_fence20021 Between me and my neighbour is a sturdy metal fence. It has past its best, but still in good order. I hook these pots on either side of the pathway and get much more planting space. Walking into the house from work it is really uplifting to smell and see the flowers. As the pots are reasonable small They do not take too much from the walkway. The watering system keeps them permanently wet and because there is always fresh water running through the compost it never gets stagnant.
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Front Garden from 1995     Front Garden from 1995
S_front_gardenm-c_front_garden82009 This is one of the first photographs of the garden I have. It shows the Wisteria spreading along the guttering on both mine and my neighbours house. Unfortunately a Wisteria gets too vigorous and started to rip the guttering and the down pipes away from the house. After too heavy a pruning it eventually died and As it could have been honey fungus that killed it I never replanted it at that spot. I now have a less vigorous grafted one by the gate archway. Also I have added the baskets hanging...
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Front Hall New     Front Hall New
S_front_hall_new-c_front_hall_new Comming into the house with a dark entrance is sometimes depressing and you cannot keep plants alive for long without light. These glass bricks were used to raise the roof and bring light into the porch. The roof is also made of these glass bricks and now light pours in to the house and the covered back where I keep the plants for the winter. Here the plants are being brought inside for the winter. The shelves above will eventually be made of glass and even more light will enter.
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