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Plant of the Day

Monday 27 July 2015

 These Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ (ornamental onion) were growing in a terracotta pot as part of a grouped container display of plants at Great Dixter, Sussex, UK, where they added height and acted as a contrast to the other forms - just as they do in a border. This cultivar has tightly packed, pale purple and white flowers on sturdy, upright stems. The bulbs are best planted in a sunny location in fertile, well-drained soil at a depth of three times their diameter. These tall, elegant Allium would look great with ornamental grasses.

Jill Raggett

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Plants of the Day
Monday 13 July 2015

Hardy succulents are useful for small, shallow and unusual containers with very little compost. Here Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek, roof houseleek, thunder plant) an evergreen perennial which has many cultivars is planted in some bricks and a broken terracotta pot used as a table centre.
This plant will form a clusters of fleshy rosettes up to 10cm in width, and when mature each rosette will produce a stalk of starry pink-purple flowers and then die leaving the surrounding plants. Other succulents including Sedum species (and a small poppy seedling) are used to fill a stone container and even a set of scales! All of these plants need good drainage and will tolerate drought.

Jill Raggett

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De eerste foto’s van de volledige off-grid container-woningen met de naam Sustainer Homes. Deze eenpersoonswoningen, waarvan de eerste is aangekocht door Eneco, zijn voorzien van alle technieken om geheel zelfvoorzienend te zijn: zonnepanelen, windmolens, flinke batterijen, warmtepomp, hoge isolatiewaarden, regenwaterzuivering voor drinkwater, helofytenfilter en bovendien gebouwd volgens de C2C-principes. Hierdoor zou het niet aangesloten hoeven te worden op welke leiding dan ook en dat biedt mooie mogelijkheden. Ik ben benieuwd of dat in de praktijk lukt. Mooie uitdaging in ieder geval voor duurzame ondernemers Gert van Vugt en Wolf Bierens, met een ontwerp van architect Sol van Kempen.

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