Plant Portraits: Dicksonia antartica

For a while in the nineties, when television programmes such as Home Front and Ground Force ruled the air waves, tree ferns almost became a gardening cliché. They were saved from turning into the plant equivalent of prawn cocktail by their relative expense; a good quality, legally harvested specimen will set you back around £40 per foot. When […]

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Plants in Detail – Banksia grandis

Looking for all the world like a giant loofa or an anaemic bearskin hat, this is the impressive flower of Banksia grandis. The proud plant it belongs to was displayed for everyone to admire at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Trewidden Nursery of Cornwall. Commonly known as the Bull Banksia or Mangite, it […]

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Chelsea 2013: Let the Show Begin!

The shop windows of Sloane Square are decorated with flowers, Alan Titchmarsh has been applying the Grecian 2000 and the weather’s set to be cool and wet. It can only be time for The Chelsea Flower Show. The Queen kicks off proceedings tomorrow for the 49th time and clearly loves every minute of her annual […]

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