Engaging with Exotics:

I have recently been looking more closely at plants from other continents.

These included such countries as Australia ,New Zealand and South Africa.

I knew very little about such plants.

When we are unfamiliar with something we tend to dismiss it.

I wanted to change my attitude to such plants.

These points are worth noting.

These plants are exciting.

They can be massive!

Adaptation means that some may be covered in thorns –so beware.

They come from places with higher temperatures than this country.

Yes the South of England  may well be suitable.

But towards the Midlands and in the North we cannot  depend on good winters.

They can be very expensive.–£650.00 for a palm tree.

Some are already know to us.

These include Eucalyptus, Eucomis ,Hydrangea and Magnolia.

Then there are the Cacti and Palms.

There are various Botanic Gardens in the South of England that are worth a visit to start you off.

Go on –this summer Engage with Exotics!

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