Dahlia pinnata: a dahlia original

single flowered dahlia

Dahlia pinnata plant notes Family Dahlia pinnata is in the Asteraceae (or Daisy) family. Plant Type Tuberous, herbaceous perennial, with pinnate leaves, striking flowers. Soil Type Prefers moist but well drained soil. read more on soil type here → Aspect Plant in full sun. Eventual Size Varies according to cultivar. Typically between 70 to 120 …

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Growing trees from seed

At the beginning of Spring this year (2020) I was lucky enough to acquire a new greenhouse for my new garden. Of course, I have used it to grow all the usual things – tomatoes, herbs, vegetable seedlings and annuals for the garden beds – but I have also used it for a longer term …

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A selection of the best bamboo plants


There are many species of bamboo plants and many, many cultivars. Often the rarer species can be expensive and quite hard to find. In this post I’ve featured my own personal favourites, all of which are bamboo plants I have used in gardens over the years. So I can vouch for their garden-worthiness. However, it …

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All you need to know about dahlia tubers and dahlia bulbs

Dahlia tubers

What is a dahlia tuber? Let’s start by clarifying the slightly misleading headline to this post and, in the process, clear up some important questions about dahlia tubers and bulbs. First, there is no difference between what people commonly call dahlia tubers and dahlia bulbs. The important point here is that the weird potato-like structures …

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Currant obsession: Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum Last year I moved back to the UK after spending over ten years in Australia, in the sub-tropical climate of Sydney. So, I’m currently enjoying my first Northern Hemisphere spring in all that time and my first spring ever living in Scotland. I’ve been delighting in the wonderful the variety of …

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