I am not a professional gardener, nor would I claim to be any kind of horticultural expert. Nevertheless, I have acquired, by a mixture of reading and practice, some knowledge of the subject which may be of use or interest to others, and am therefore attempting to share at least some of it here. This set of pages, one of the larger of the many sections of my web site, is divided into a number of sub-sections for convenience and ease of navigation. One part deals with those types of ornamental plant which particularly interest me (I seem to revel in being unorthodox), another on general cultural issues such as soil, pests and diseases, etc., a third relating my experiences in my own garden, and a few miscellaneous bits that don't fit in elsewhere. All have their own pages or sets of pages, linked directly from the table of contents above and from the brief introductory sentences below.
The title at the head of the page refers simply to my attempts to grow plants of sub-tropical appearance in a cool temperate climate, where they look out of place, and to have plenty of flowers in bloom in the depths of winter.
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