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Blueberries - Preparing for Harvest
Late Spring is one of the most exciting times in the blueberry grower's calendar. Not only are our bushes in full flower, we can see the bees working way to pollinate the flowers and converting them
Camellia Aphids
Images of Aphids Aphids, also commonly known as greenfly or blackfly (although many other colours are also found), are probably the most common insect pest of Camellias. They
Camellia flower blight
Images of Flower Blight Camellia Flower Blight Camellia Flower (or Petal) Blight, Ciborinia camelliae , is a fungal disease that causes premature browning of Camellia
Camellia sinensis - the tea plant
The common tea plant, Camellia sinensis , is native to large parts of southern China and some neighbouring countries, and has been cultivated by the Chinese for perhaps as long as 3000 years in order
Camellias Damaged By Winter
Camellias- coping with winter damage. “Prevention is better than cure” ? Well, that’s the message for the future as far as camellias are concerned. During the spring of 2011, many gardeners
Choosing Blueberry Plants
With the recent explosion in the popularity of blueberries, some specialist nurseries, including ourselves, are now able to offer an ever increasing range of blueberries and other Vaccinium for home g
Choosing Blueberry Plants
When you decide to grow your own blueberries, you will undoubtedly be wanting maximum yields as quickly as possible, on plants that are going to live for as long as possible. As we've been growing blu
Feeding Camellias
Camellia Cultivation - Feeding Your Camellias Camellias usually have two growth periods in the year, the first in spring and then again in summer, and these are the times when the plants need to
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How to Grow Ornamental Grasses
How to look after ornamental grasses Grasses are a generally hardy, easy to look after group of plants. Some will grow happily in shade but by far the majority prefer a sunny open position. Some wi
How To Protect Camellias For Winter
So, we've talked about how camellias become damaged by winter, particularly how frost can kill roots that are restricted in containers, putting them permanently out of action, but what can you do to
How To Prune Blueberries
Pruning is carried out after leaf fall, in mid winter while the plants are dormant. For the first two years after planting, your bushes will need very little pruning, except general tidying up and s
How To Prune Camellias
Left to their own devices, and given sufficient time, most Camellias will eventually form a large shrub or small tree. While this may be fine in a woodland setting where space is not an issue and a n
Japonica or williamsii hybrid - which Camellia to choose
What’s in a name - Camellia japonica or Camellia x williamsii? If you’ve been looking for a camellia to buy then you’ve probably come across these names and may be wo
Ornamental Grasses - More ‘wow’, less work; using grasses in our gardens
For many gardeners a slight air of mystery can surround the use of grasses in gardens, but in fact they are deceptively easy to use and are really no different from most perennial plants. While most o
Planting Azaleas
Azaleas are classified under the parent plant group (genus) of rhododendrons. They are ericaceous plants first discovered in Japan over 400 years ago. These first azaleas were evergreen species which
Planting Blueberries
Blueberries and other vaccinnium plants can be successfully grown in the open garden, containers or raised beds where soil suitable for other ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Heath
Planting Camellias in the Ground
Site Selection In southern England, planting camellias with some shade from the hot midday summer sun should ideally be provided to prevent leaf scorch. Some varieties, however, such as autumn fl
Planting Camellias in Tubs
All Camellias can be grown in pots if you do not have the correct soil in your garden. They make fantastic patio plants or feature plants by doorways or steps# Choose a container that is 2 to 2.5
Sooty Mould
Black Mould On Camellias If your Camellia leaves are covered by a black, soot-like deposit,  this is Sooty Mould. Sooty mould is a common condition with camellias and is usually caused by