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Lilies - very difficult to ignore!

There are about 100 species of lily available to gardeners with large, spectacular often fragrant flowers. They cover a whole range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Gill Heavens looks at a few of her favourites of Division 9 classification of these wonderful plant varieties.

Subtlety is not something normally associated with lilies, whose Latin name is the relatively simple to remember - Lilium.  
They are grown for their extravagant blooms and often overwhelming fragrance.  They are very hard to ignore.  Across the Northern Hemisphere, where they are exclusively found in the wild, they are frequent subjects of both literature and art.   They are the most popular flower at Chinese weddings as they symbolise 100 years of love.  

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 cut flowers

 

Top 10 cut flowers to grow at home

A vase of fresh flowers cut straight from the garden can instantly make a house feel more like a home. So it’s surprisingly that more people don’t try growing their own cut flowers. There are plenty of cut flowers that you can grow at home, but if you need some inspiration take a look at our top 10 favourites. 

You don’t need to be a florist to get the best from your cut flowers either. There are lots of handy tips that you can employ to make your blooms last longer. Here are a just a few to get you started.

Find out more about growing your own cut flowers

 

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Jobs in the July garden

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 10:08

Now that the warm summer days are here some of the jobs in the garden will be easy going, pleasant tasks, such as 
dis-budding roses, dahlias, fuchsias, tidying up the herbaceous borders and general watering.

Gardens on tour!

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 09:53

Summer time, holidays and the chance to cast garden visits a bit wider. We’ve selected seven inspirational gardens for Country Gardener readers around the country which offer something really unique and special.

Lilies – very difficult to ignore!

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 09:24

There are about 100 species of lily available to gardeners with large, spectacular often fragrant flowers. They cover a whole range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples.

News skills galore at new Forde Abbey garden festival

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:28

Gardeners looking to maximise their crops and learn new harvest skills this autumn will be heading to Toby Buckland’s new Garden and Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey, near Chard in Somerset on 16th and 17th September.

Historic Wells garden hosts rare plant fair

Post date: Tue, 01/08/2017 - 08:21

The Bishop’s Palace lies at the heart of the historic City of Wells and is a place full of secrets, stories and stunning scenery, and home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years .Surrounded by a breathtaking moat you can cross a flagstone drawbridge, under the portcullis and experience a

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

Date
24 Jul 2016

Opening times
3pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

Date:
26 Jun 2016

Opening times:.
2pm-5pm.

Wellow Flower Show and Country Fair

Event date
Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 13:00 to 17:00
Location
Wellow Playing Field off High Street Wellow N E Somerset BA2 8QQ United Kingdom

Bonsai tree sale

Event date
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00
Location
Staverton club Staverton Trowbridge wiltshire BA14 6PA United Kingdom
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