This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Beating Bean Diseases, UK Avocado and Winter Flowering Wallflower

I am busy working on developing the GardenMessenger web-site and so I will not be posting on the blog for one week - until 14th June. I have to accept that there are only twenty-four hours in the day and I need to get things organised so that the news delivered by the blog is more professionally presented and that the rapidly increasing GardenMessenger online community has a home to call its own. During this short period I will continue to gather news items so that nothing will be missed. I hope to see you back here then.

Happy Gardening



Beating Bean Diseases
Beans can suffer from many devastating diseases. So says plant pathologist Marcial Pastor-Corrales of the Agricultural Research Service Vegetable Laboratory of the Plant Sciences Institute in Beltsville, Maryland, United States, "All over the world, wherever you find beans, you find pathogens. Anthracnose, Common Bean Rust, Bean Common Mosaic, and Common Blight are among the world’s most economically significant bean diseases. The brown cankers, rust-coloured spores, mottled leaves, and lemon-yellow lesions that plague afflicted plants can foreshadow obliteration of an entire crop. However, in the Agricultural Research Service Vegetable Laboratory in Beltsville, Marcial Pastor-Corrales and his colleagues are breeding beans to improve genetic resistance to these diseases, with great success.

Avocado Fruiting in the UK
London resident Philip Williams was astonished when he saw what he believed was an avocado fruiting in a garden in west London.

Country Value Seeds to be Re-launched in 2007
Country Value, the no-frills, value for money UK seed brand, has given its packets a makeover for the 2007 season

Winter Flowering Wallflower
In a major breakthrough, UK plant breeders FloraNova, have announced that they have produced the first strain of winter flowering wallflowers.
For the above click here.

Plant Talk
The fifth in a series of mini plant reviews: Cotoneaster
Of all the frost-hardy berried shrubs the Cotoneasters are amongst the most popular. …Details click here.

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