As I wrote in a recent blog, I would like to re edit most of the last year’s blogs as we now have the Gutenberg editing and this makes the blogs more beautiful and pleasant to read!
As in any science there are some difficult words and terms used of which I would like to explain some this week. If not explained you will often find a link on the ‘difficult’ word which will guide you to an explanatory page.
Today and in several future blogs I will be talking about members of the Asteraceae. This was called the Compositae for a very long time, which I think is a lot more descriptive about this largest dicotyledon family on Earth!
There is a lot to say about this family as you can imagine!
This week all about this fascinating plant known as Cleavers, Goosegrass or even; Sticky Willie! It can be annoying in gardens but there is one very good use I saw in a ‘permacultural run garden’ which used the plants rather as a disguise for the maturing fruits on Gooseberry, as well as other soft-fruit bushes. Once the fruits were ripe and ready to pick the entire clinging plant would be ‘peeled’ back and most of the fruit picked. Any leftovers were for the birds! Much friendlier than netting I thought and it is something I would like to experiment with this year!
This plant is in the Rubiaceae family which is number 104 in Stace. The Rubiaceae is a very large, mainly tropical family and is mostly woody in that climate, whilst in this part of the world they are mainly annual to perennial herbs.
Some weeks have gone past since I last wrote about my Salvia nursery here in the West-Midlands and thought I’d update on our latest new varieties which we collected from our good friends and colleagues, Hillview Nursery in Shropshire.
You might be wondering are salvias hardy? Hopefully this post will answer all your questions.
Salvias are a fashionable plant as they seem to have been popping up in recent years in your local garden centre, on markets and even in your local supermarkets.They are showy and very colourful, come in reds, pinks and purples and as a salvia collector and salvia lover I’ve noticed that in this very large group of plants many varieties are either towards the red and others are totally on the other scale; towards the blue of the spectrum, and then obviously all those colours in between as well as the whites, greys and pastel-shades in between!
They are very seductife as the colours are shouting out; buy me!