We spend weeks, often months choosing our carpet – analysing samples, deliberating over whether it should be 100% wool or a more durable manmade material. It’s one of the biggest decisions we’ll ever make for our home. It’s an investment – your stamp of personality on your precious property. So why would you want to […]
Activities are favorite leisure activities that one likes to take part in and offers a wonderful impression of happiness. These passtimes are played for fun and relaxation and at times they are taken up seriously. You are able to be involved in either in indoor hobbies or outdoor pursuits. A number of open-air amusements are […]
Alders are often planted near water or in moist areas, but their ornamental attributes are often overlooked. Even the native forms, have interest. The cut- or golden-stemmed forms acid variety and interest, making them worth planting provided they are in the right type of soil. The soil is acid or alkaline. but prefers moist soil; dislikes very dry conditions
Dipelta floribunda resembles, but has more character than, Weigela floribunda and at 8 ft. high is a shrub which commands attention especially in May when covered with pink tubular flowers flushed orange-yellow at the throat. It enjoys a limy soil. Pruning consists of pinching back surplus shoots, and a judicious removal of old wood in December. Cuttings of semi-ripened wood put into a sun frame will root by the following April.
The owners of small gardens need to utilise every scrap of space and they, therefore, must be more selective in their choice of plants. Climbers and wall plants will provide the answer to many problems for they will add both space and height to congested sites and will bring colour to every available wall. However, enthusiasm should be tempered with discreet understanding for there are climbers which love to be baked into brilliance of flower by hot sun, whereas others must be soothed by moist shade.
American paprika is grown commercially almost entirely in small areas in southern California (since 1931) and south-east Arizona; it was formerly grown in South Carolina, until 1946 when increasing competition from imported paprika made production unprofitable. Although the production of paprika in the USA is a relatively new industry, it now supplies about 40 per cent of US requirements, more than that supplied by any individual foreign country.
Camphor oil is obtained by distilling the wood or leaves of Cinnamomum camphora (L.) Presl, which is a native of China, Japan and Taiwan, the last island producing the greatest amount. C. camphora can be distinguished from the other species of Cinnamomum mentioned above by the leaves being pinninerved, whereas the others have three to five distinct nerves from the base of the leaves proceeding towards the tip; camphor also has stout dormant buds. A large proportion of the world’s camphor is now produced synthetically from pinenc, a turpentine derivative, or from coal tar. Camphor is used in the manufacture of celluloid, in disinfectants and chemical preparations, and has a wide range of medicinal uses. Safrole, produced from the residual oil after camphor extraction, is used in soap and perfume manufacture.