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Scented-leaf and variegated-leaf pelargoniums are becoming difficult to obtain; only a very limited range is still available commercially.  Fortunately, we have a good and ever-expanding collection here at Downside. We take a large number of cuttings every autumn and they are ready for sale now. James Wong has written a...
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Roses at Downside

The David Austin roses are still unavailable to us.  These are Hybrid Tea/shrub rose hybrids and their virtue is that they flower all season like their Hybrid Tea antecedents. They are not the only ones however; other breeders have been working and producing similar hybrids, which are every bit as...
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Zinnias, Magellan, Impatiens, Brugmansia

The cut flower Zinnias we grow in the vegetable garden (Benary’s Giant) were greatly admired last year. They need little support and produce splendid bunches of flowers until the frosts. They last a good week or more in a vase. They would also look well planted in a herbaceous border....
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