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  • 13:51 #MrTweet I recommend @the_rhs because they are the doyens of British gardening #

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blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: March 27th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure what the exact need is, but need to add the caveat they are not quite as good as I thought they were on Antipodean and Southern African plants. I have found that their advice on range for such plants is often a little conservative (which is no great harm, and certainly better than finding frosted proteas in the morning). But problems arise with some of the cultivation instructions. The no-phosphorus needs of many plants are usually well documented, but pruning needs (or possibilities for pleaching), the vital need for sympathetic microflora in the soil for many West Australian and Kiwi plants and the responses to different types of feeding are usually treated minimally, if at all.

Since finding myself in the unfashionable Hemisphere, I have been a little disappointed to realise this, only because the RHS publishes a fair number of branded texts positioning itself as an authority on these plants. In terms of actual growing, BBC Gardeners' World can be a better source, and for taxonomy, the national botanic gardens are often a few years ahead in publishing accepted names and name changes.

Of course, all of this is better than the Australian Broadcasting Commissions's version of Botanica, Flora. The emu plants underwent a name change a short time before the book was produced, and so the index lists both names, each throwing to the other genus, with no actual appearance by the plants in the text.
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