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Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas

Fragrant, Colourful and Easy Sweet Peas...

Sweet peas are an easy annual from seed because you can direct seed them into the garden. The Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is one of the most attractive, highly scented and prolific of all the annuals. The flowers vary in colour — red, blue, lavender and pink and white. Depending on the cultivar, they can be solid colours, bicolours or streaked. Sweet peas will provide you with masses of cut flowers for at least...
Easy, Charming Columbines

Easy, Charming Columbines...

Columbines (Aquilegia x hybrida) are sometimes known as Granny’s Bonnets. Their charming flowers, and attractive foliage, are delightful. The popular hybrids originate from species originating in both North America and Europe. Columbines are perennial in cold climates, but are best treated as annuals in temperate climates. The Columbine is an easy plant to grow because it adapts itself to a wide variety of conditions. Columbines...
Proteas — Remarkable and Beautiful

Proteas — Remarkable and Beautiful...

These are Mediterranean climate plants that grow in areas with relatively low rainfall and high summer temperatures. Proteas are famous for their beautiful, long-lasting blooms. Although indigenous to South Africa they grow well in various other parts of the world too – Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Chile, Portugal, Hawaii and small areas of southern and northern California. Of the Proteaceae, the members of...
Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs

Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs...

The ancestors of today's proteas were present hundreds of millions of years ago. The Proteaceae are an ancient family, probably one of the oldest groups of flowering plants. Scientific probes into the early history of plant‑life have shown that the ancestors of today’s proteas were present in Gondwanaland long before it began breaking up 300 million years ago. Paleontological studies indicate that this...