Archive for 11/04/2013

My Botanical Garden

Allium ursinum L. in Germany – surprisingly low genetic variability (Herden, T., Neuffer, B. and Friesen, N. (2012), Allium ursinum L. in Germany – surprisingly low genetic variability. Feddes Repert., 123: 81–95. doi: 10.1002/fedr.201200019 ) is an interesting article about biogeography of Allium ursinum ,stating:

“Sequences of the nuclear internal transcribed spacer ITS, and the external transcribed spacer ETS, as well as the plastidic trn L-rpl 32 and the trn L-trn F spacer regions were compared. No variation was detected within the species. Even sequences of populations from Belfast, Ireland did not differ from populations of Germany”

What does it mean?Basically that Allium ursinum plants from the following old illustrations are probably genetically almost identical as the plants being sold on Ljubljana grocery market today!Have a look!




 An illustration from British Entomology by John Curtis. Coleoptera: Adimonia 4-maculata Phyllobrotica quadrimaculata (Orange-and-black Galeruca).The plant is Allium ursinum (Ramsons) 1840, from:

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March was much colder than average, the coldest since 1962 and colder than the preceding winter months of December, January and February. Forecaster Charlie talks through the month’s weather in our latest video or you can read the detailed report on our website.

Thank you to everyone who sent in their pictures of UK weather in March on Twitter. Some of our favourites are below…

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PicPost: Guerilla Gardening

Source : Ten most awesome guerilla gardens from around the world

This is the first of a series trying to capture the essence of different garden styles. ‘Style Counsel’ will be a series of snippets – just a few words and images. I’d love to hear your comments on these and please add your own thoughts on what makes up these different styles – and if you have some pictures to add that’s even better. So, what is a Cottage Garden?

Cottage gardens have layouts that are simple and often geometric, though many have a more sinuous layout with twists and turns, especially as the garden moves further away from the cottage /house, where more natural, wilder planting can prevail.

Key characteristics include:

  • Profuse planting featuring many herbaceous perennials such as Delphinium, Stocks, Hollyhock, Lupin, ‘signature’ annuals such as Sweet Peas and Marigolds and a few evergreen shrubs for winter interest and structure
  • Rustic furniture made out of rough timber
  • ‘Roses round the door’, and on arbours or other structures
  • Weathered paths often made from old bricks or rammed earth with simple, if any, edging tiles or boards
  • Vegetables, fruit and herbs often mixed in with the flowers

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