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.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Monet and Marliac, New Plants and Bulbs

Monet’s Giverney

Two great names in French history made their mark with waterlilies, Monet through painting and his garden at Giverny, and Marliac with his nursery and pioneering waterlily breeding program at Temple-Sur-lot. Waterlily enthusiasts who wish to visit these historic centers can join a special tour arranged by Lilypons Water Gardens to France with well known American expert Charles Thomas, waterlily expert and co-owner of Lilypons. For details click here.

New Plants and Bulbs

Ageratum ‘Esparanza’
The bright blue flowers of this Ageratum are about 1.5m (5/8in) in diameter and produced in closely packed clusters on stems that are held above soft downy foliage.

Australian Bedding Plants
Bedding Plants Australia (BPA), the body to whom gardeners in Australia look for recommendations for seasonal planting for the flower garden, have this year have an unfortunate admission to make.

Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Skyline’
A novelty house plant with grey-green leaves which are both grooved and striped.

Papaver nudicaule ‘Poppy Bussana’
A lovely new Iceland Poppy that was originally bred for cut flowers, but also makes a lovely free-flowering border plant.

Hippeastrum 'Mocca'
This is a cultivar that has been bred for cutting, rather than as growing as a houseplant, although it can be used for both purposes.

Veronica ‘Christa’
An unusual cultivar that grows like any other hardy herbaceous Veronica, except that its spikes of dark blue blossoms end as a cockscomb.

Gerrondo Gerberas
The Gerrondo Gerbera is an entirely new type of flower which will be available during the next few months.

Bouvardia ‘Diamond Light Pink’
This is one of a new group of double-flowered Bouvardia called the Diamond series.

Vriesea ‘Astrid’
A new development in Vriesea. Unlike other species and cultivars of Vriesea , ‘Astrid’ forms a rosette of three to six shoots with the same number of flowers.

Lilium ‘Shocking’
The recent cross-breeding of Oriental and Aurelium lilies has resulted in a completely new type, referred to in the horticultural trade as OT lilies.

Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Elegance Hot Pink’
This is the latest addition to the Elegance series of double-flowered Ranunculus

For the above click here.

Happy Gardening



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