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.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Raspberry Disease, Ugly Veg, China Expo and New Plants

Welcome to today’s blog, which has a blend of the scientific, practical and problematic within it. I have taken a conscious decision to move away from personalising the blog as much as previously as the feedback suggests that most readers visit GardenMessenger for hard factual information to assist them with managing their gardens, at the same time welcoming information about new techniques and plants that may in the near future be relevant to them. I am particularly delighted that we are receiving interest from all over the world, a visitor from the Seychelles today bringing our list of visitors by country to eighty in the eight short weeks that this blog has been published. The whole concept of GardenMessenger is to bring together the gardening world - and it is working.

Happy Gardening



Black Raspberry Decline Disease Strikes
Although the Black Raspberry, Rubus occidentalis is little known and grown in most other parts of the world, it is an important fruit in its native North America, both commercially and for home gardeners. In Oregon, the nation’s main black raspberry producer, symptoms of a devastating disease known as Black Raspberry Decline have surfaced in every region of the state where the berries are grown.

Photoselective Additive Improves Plant Growth
It is a good idea to keep an eye on what is going in the commercial horticultural industry, for developments there often lead eventually to the production of products of great benefit to us home gardeners.

The Ugliest Veg In England Competition
If you live in England and enjoy growing vegetables, you should be aware of the Ugliest Veg in England competition being sponsored by the National Trust. The competition is designed to encourage more people of all ages to grow their own vegetables and to challenge the image of the cosmetically perfect, well-formed vegetable that we often find in our shops.

China Shenyang International Horticultural Exposition
The China Shenyang International Horticultural Exposition is now under way in the north-eastern province of Liaoning. The exposition, with the theme of "man live in harmony with nature", is scheduled to last six months and expected to attract 10 million visitors from home and abroad.

Organic Strawberry Fairs
Organic Strawberry Fairs will be held at both Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry, and Garden Organic Yalding, Maidstone in the UK, on Sunday 25th June from 10am to 5pm. Visitors will be able to treat themselves to strawberry teas or strawberries and champagne, while enjoying live music in these glorious gardens, run by Europe’s largest organic gardening charity.

For the above click here.

New Catharanthus
A new series of Carathanthus, or tropical Vinca, have just been released.

New Roses for New Zealand
South Otago-based Camphill Roses have announced three new releases for this autumn.

New Infiniti Geraniums
A new range of early flowering seed raised geraniums have just been launched.

For the above click here.

Plant Talk
The third in a series of mini plant reviews: Taxus
The Taxus or yews are amongst the most important trees for the garden, for not only are they used as specimens, but for hedging and topiary as well 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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