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Best of bunch - freesia; gardens.

THESE scented beauties, pictured, are ideal for adding colour and fragrance to the conservatory or greenhouse during winter, their funnel-shaped flowers appearing on arching spikes from late winter to early spring in a range of colours. Corns for winter-flowering should be planted in late summer or autumn under glass and grown in gritty, loam-based compost with shade from hot sun. They need good ventilation and a maximum temperature of around 13C (55F) when grown under glass. Water moderately when in growth and apply a balanced fertiliser when the buds start to appear.

Freesias can also be grown outdoors in warmer climates and specially-prepared bulbs are available for summer-flowering.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2008
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