Today in Gardening Saturdays it’s all about individual plants: Hellebores, Euphorbias, indoor Orchids, and the French vs. the British garden.
Hellebores are native to much of Europe, from western Great Britain, Spain and Portugal, eastward across the Mediterranean region and central Europe into Romania and Ukraine, and along the north coast of Turkey into the Caucasus. They are a perennial flowering plant and they start flowering in winter and early spring. They come in a variety of colours and some of them are evergreen and resistant to frost too. That makes them a favourite of many gardeners.
Along with their ornamental value they have also been used for medicinal uses. As you can see in the photo above it’s a beautiful plant that will look fantastic in the simplest flower arrangement.
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Euphorbias are also a very nice plant to have in your garden. They are resistant to cold, drought, and lack of water, and Poinsettias are part of this family of plants.
Euphorbias are primarily found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and the Americas, but also in temperate zones worldwide. Euphorbias like Hellebores were also used in the past because of their medicinal uses. They are perennial plant and low maintenance. Depending on the specific plant you choose you will get a different colour to add to your gardening design.
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Orchids were considered in the past a luxury plant. Something so exotic that their prices were extremely high. Nowadays it’s not that difficult to buy one of them in any major gardening centre. And they continue to be as beautiful and exotic as they were in the past.
Surprisingly, considering how exotic they were considered in the past, they are a very cosmopolitan species of plant occurring in almost every habitat apart from glaciers. The world’s richest concentration of orchid varieties is found in the tropics, mostly Asia, South America and Central America. But they are also found above the Arctic Circle, in southern Patagonia, and even close to Antarctica.
But the ones you will want to have in your house are the most exotic. And unfortunately they are also very delicate to care preferring bright sunlight and high humidity.
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And we finish today with the differences through history between the British and the French gardening styles.
The French garden is situated on a flat terrain and has a strong symmetrical axis, usually centering on the house. “Goose-foot” patterns of paths radiate from circular features, and when viewed from above, clear patterns of scroll-work or geometrical shapes can be seen.
The English garden highlights the variety of nature and its capacity to inspire the imagination. It usually includes ponds or a lake, wilder foliage, imitation ruins and grottos, and expanses of rolling lawns and trees.
The differences between these two types of gardening style have been analyzed as part of the political and historical background of these two countries. And it’s very interesting to learn how that political development in those countries affected things like the type of gardening style.
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