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Focus on Geums- my must have flower this season.

May 07, 2014

Vintage looking  - British native Geums (water avens) are my must grow choice this year . Perfectly pretty for the lower sections of my herbaceous borders against our the west facing Cob wall in shade for good parts of the day, warm and sunny in the afternoons. Strong and easy to grow, they will benefit from splitting in the autumn.

With three main types of cultivars to grow from around 30 -40 cm tall to the lofty Totally Tangerine above at around 90-100cm in height, with semi-double flowers and soft apricot shades  introduced in 2010 by
Hardy's plants

Geum - Bellbank  below with its quite the loveliest rose vintage pink flowers, full bloom in May gradually
fading to delightful soft creamy pink, forming the most attractive fluffy seed heads when finished flowering.

Medicinal action and uses - Astringent, Styptic, Febrifuge, Sudorific, Stomachic,
Antiseptic, Tonic and Aromatic.
In earlier days the roots were not only used medicinally,  but to flavour ale, and put among the linen to protect from moths and impart a pleasant odour.

Culpepper said:
'It is a wholesome heathful herb.  Good for diseases of the chest and breath, pains and stitches in the sides. It dissolveth inward congealed blood occasioned by falls and bruises and the spitting of blood.
Roots either green or dried boiled in wine and drink.  In spring-time steeped in wine gives delicate flavour and taste and drunk on fasting every morning comforteth the heart and is a good preservative against the plague and other poisons.  It is very safe and is fit to be kept is everybodys house'.

Visit the National Collection of Geums at Brickwall Nursery, Frittenden, Kent.

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Simple Interiors.
Simple Interiors.

July 11, 2014

There needs to be balance with simple interiors, a balance not too utilitarian, but informal and above all calm. Variation of textures, wall coverings, flooring, upholstery and soft furnishings all play an important part when creating this modern interior theme. Interiors with a country rustic simplicity do not need a country home to enjoy. Painted wooden furniture, chairs with rush seats. Soft...





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Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchid.

July 09, 2014

There are about 300 species of Dendrobium, all natives of the tropics.  Many have large handsome flowers.
With few exception they require tropical treatment, when the correct temperature applied can be easy to grow. One of the easiest is D. Phalaenopsis a native of New Guinea, proves its self exceptional in the size and beauty of its flowers, ranging in colour from white to deep red-purple with...

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Hampshire Coffee Company - Fresh Roasted.

July 03, 2014

Britain has embraced cafe culture with huge enthusiasm.  Cafes and coffee shops abound in even the smallest town or Village. 

The first coffee house (above) was opened in Oxford in 1652.  Still on the same site a cafe bar called the Grand Cafe. Slightly later - Queens Lane Coffee House has been serving coffee in Oxford  for 360 years - established in 1654.

London's first coffee house opened in 1652...

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