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Corydalis solida

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida is a great spring ephemeral that brings an unusual color to the garden at this time of year. How many of our spring flowers are red, pink or purplish red? Spread them around the garden between larger plants and enjoy them while the larger plants are still sleeping. By the time they grow to any size, C. solida will have gone underground for a summer snooze.

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Watering Plants Correctly – When and How to Water

Watering plants correctly is one of the easiest things to learn in gardening but many people find it confusing. The reason for this is that they want to use regular schedules. Regular schedules, like once a week, do not work. If you want to learn how to water your garden or house plants correctly you need to learn a little bit about plants and soil. This post will simplify the whole thing so that you will always know when to water.

Watering Plants Correctly - When and How to Water

Watering Plants Correctly – When and How to Water

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Growing Bunching Onions

Bunching onions are very popular and can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, they are easy to grow and take up very little space in the garden.

Growing bunching onions

Growing bunching onions

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Allium fistulosum

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum is a perennial onion that is good to eat and makes a great garden plant. It has many common names but the most common are welsh onion or Japanese bunching onion. “Welsh” is a corruption of the German “Walsch,” meaning “foreign,” and has no reference to Wales.

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Primula elatior ssp. pallasii

Primula elatior ssp pallasii, by Robert Pavlis

Primula elatior ssp pallasii, by Robert Pavlis

Primulas are great garden plants for part shade and Primula elatior ssp pallasii is one of the best. I normally do not care for pale coloured flowers, but the light yellow of this one, combined with its early flowering, makes it stand out in the garden. It is a real gem that seems easy to grow.

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