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.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New Plants, Glowing Flowers and Designing with Conifers

The changeover of the system of delivering information on the blog did not seem to cause anyone any difficulty yesterday, the only feedback that I have had has been positive. Today I am continuing to develop the changes and while retaining all the usual features, I have separated out garden design as an entity as there is always so much going on in that field that it really needs its own space. I hope that you continue to enjoy the blog.

Happy Gardening



Polygala myrtifolia ‘Chapman Field’
In 1997 US plant geneticist Alan Meerow identified the Cape Milkwort or Sweet Pea Bush, Polygala myrtifolia, found in the Bokkeveld Mountains, South Africa, as a potentially interesting new plant to develop for its ornamental characteristics. Details click here.

Micro-Gerbera ‘Kameleon’
An interesting new plant, which grows no taller than 10cm (4in) with flowers around 5 cm (2in) in diameter. Details click here.

New Argyranthemums
Two new cultivars of Argyranthemum have been recently released. Details click here.

Glowing Flowers
G de Koning BV, Westland,The Netherlands, has obtained the exclusive right to use a new patented dye on ornamental flowers and plants. Details click here.

New Msc in Global Horticulture
Those who are interested in learning about horticulture in an international context may be interested in the new Msc in Global Horticulture. Details click here.

UK Village Flower Show TV Series Under Way
The village flower show is a national institution, where members of the British public take huge pride in growing the biggest vegetables… Details click here.

Designing with Conifers
To mark the second UK National Conifer Week, and to demonstrate to gardeners how conifers can be used in the twenty-first century garden… Details click here.

Plant Talk
The second in a series of mini plant reviews: Ruscus
For a difficult dry shade area in need of ground cover there are few other hardy plant options than Butchers' Broom, Ruscus aculeatus, …………. Details click here.

If you have enjoyed this publication, you may also like to visit the monthly SeedMessenger gardeners’ seed saving and seed exchange blog click here.
and the weekly water gardening blog PondMessenger click here.

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