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Bishop Dahlias: Aztec Drama Meets English Garden

We have a passion for Dahlias. So much so, that they might be more easily associated with summer in England than with their real origins. The truth is that Dahlias are among the first ornamental plants to be 'improved' or hybridized, and just how long ago this started would be hard to pin down. It all began with the Aztecs. Spanish conquistadors reported that they not only cultivated edible plants, but loved their flower gardens. Everybody, from the riches to the poorest, would have a space dedicated to flower-growing, and the Dahlia had a very special place here. By this time, the Aztecs had already begun to breed Dahlias selectively, creating varieties that were distinctively different to their wild ancestors....

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Nerines! All about Nerine Bulbs

Late-flowering nerines are easy to grow and highly rewarding. Each bulb produces multiple long, slender stems topped with large rounded clusters of exquisite lily-like flowers, injecting much-needed fresh colour into the garden just as other flowers are starting to fade. Spring is the best time to plant nerine bulbs. Most are fully hardy, so once you’ve planted them you don’t have to worry about moving them to a frost-free place for winter unless the temperatures are likely to dip below -10C. Otherwise, you can just look forward to a fuss-free and vibrant display in autumn, year after year.  

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Top 10 Summer Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Spring

Summer-flowering bulbs provide some of the biggest, best and most exotic-looking blooms, and spring is the best time to plant them. Not only do they look fabulous growing in borders or containers, but many make wonderful cut flowers too, so you can also enjoy freshly-picked blooms in your home. You’ll often find these beauties ready-grown and in full bloom at the garden centre during summer, but this is the most expensive way to buy them. With a small amount of early planning you can easily grow them yourself, setting your garden up to be a colourful oasis at a fraction of the price. So, if you’re itching to get out in the garden or even just to start planning your...

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Beautiful Bletilla Bulbs Make Orchid Growing Easy

Orchids are surrounded by myths and legends – but given how diverse and remarkable the family is, it’s hardly surprising that they are! Bletilla debunks just about every myth that surrounds orchid growing bar one. Let’s kick off this blog post with a few orchid myths and how Bletilla (or Urn Orchid) either destroys them or else confirms them. Orchids, Their Reputation, and What Bletilla Makes of It Here’s what most people think about orchids and how Bletilla bucks the system: Orchids are hard to grow: While it’s true that some orchids require very specialized care, Bletilla bulbs grow just like any other garden plant and don’t need any special techniques or attention; Orchids need specialized growth media and feeding:...

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