Tag - city gardening

SWEET PINE OF MINE

THE TREE - they smell GOOD, make our living rooms into a grotto for a few weeks and occasionally stab us with their needles - why do we do this every year? Find the right tree for you and then make it a more sustainable tradition... FROSTED HISTORY The branches of the evergreen Conifer have been flailed about in celebration since the pagans danced with them and strung them up for the Winter solstice, and the Romans fought and lounged around them [...]

CORNUCOPIA OF CORNUS

Commonly known as the Dogwood the Cornus is a group of botanically diverse plants with a lot of year round interest to add to any planting design. Planted on mass they can be used to give winter and spring interest with their vivid stem colour. There are two species which are alba and sibirica. Dogwood are vigorous growing shrubs reaching 4 to 6 foot in high depending on variety. Dogwoods prefer a sunny position in moisture retentive soils. The second year after planting [...]

WINTER IN A JAR

Talking terrariums with Madeleine and Will from Jar and Fern… Ok, a jar and a few plants - what exactly is a ‘terrarium’? So terrariums were actually invented in 1827 by a London Doctor called Nathaniel Ward, although people had been keeping plants in jars as early as 500 BC. Dr Ward invented them pretty much by accident after monitoring the life cycle of caterpillars and moths in a closed jar which had a bit of soil in the base. Little [...]