Mention the word “ascot” and you probably think about a silky, men’s tie most likely worn by the upper crust of European society. Then there is the Royal Ascot horse race, where the word is associated with royalty and high society. Today, however, I want you to associate the word with ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ an evergreen, perennial euphorbia that is capturing the imagination of the gardening world.Botanically speaking, ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is known as “Euphorbia x martinii.” It is native to Australia, where the name “Ascot” is associated with an old, wealthy suburb of Brisbane. In truth, it is known as a spurge, which we most often associate with a host of terrible weeds. ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ however, is worthy of garden royalty.First, know that the plants are perennial in zones 5 to 9, which means much of the country can enjoy the incredible texture this plant offers the landscape border. They reach 20 inches tall, with an equal spread. I am plant-lusting them now in mixed containers where they have been partnered with other cool-season flowers like pansies, violas, kale and snapdragons. There is just something about the plant that holds my attention.The foliage is deep green, with golden margins in the cool season. This drop in temperature also fires them up with shades of red, pink and even orange. In spring and summer, the bloom is among the most unique as it features a cup of lime-colored bracts with red centers.The ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is drought tolerant, and boasts another trait that will thrill gardeners everywhere – they are rabbit and deer resistant. As you would probably think, a drought-tolerant euphorbia from Australia needs good drainage and thrives in full to partial sun.In a way, I think of them as evergreen perennials, but it helps in design if you consider them more as dwarf shrubs. Plant them in a cluster of three with ornamental grasses and perennials like purple coneflowers, rudbeckias and blue salvias. They fit this type of border, perfectly adding a great deal of interest from both leaf texture and bloom.If you are the lucky gardener with rocks or a slope, then let ‘Ascot Rainbow’ dazzle all of your visitors as you combine it with other drought-tolerant, tough-as-nails flowers. But as I have stated, you will treasure them as the thriller plant in cool-season mixed containers. They naturally form a rounded ball, and with a layer of pansies, including some trailing in front, they are most picturesque. If your container is large enough, then your options are limitless as you can use them with tall snapdragons, and dianthus and blue-leafed kale, which contrasts with the golden variegation of ‘Ascot Rainbows.’ You are the artist and simply using it will make your neighbors think, “Look who took a special gardening class!”Maintenance is easy. Remove old bloom stalks all the way to the ground in late summer or fall. Like other spurges, we grow this one not to be eaten, but to be enjoyed for the beauty and texture it offers your garden.Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/.
The name of this fair means “Bicycle and Hiking Fair” and is the largest fair for cyclists and mountaineers in Europe, and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Fair “Fiets in Wandelbeurs“, Which has been operating for 16 years, took place from 28 February to 1 March in a Dutch city near Amsterdam. The fair has long been known among recreational users, and 2 years ago it teamed up with 2 more events: Bike MOTION Benelux and E-bike Xperience, which proved to be a complete success to attract even more interested people. A fair dedicated to the specialized offer of active and outdoor tourism has just ended in Utrecht. Photo: Private album Among the Croatian representatives at the fair was the stand of the CNTB, where 4 county tourist boards presented their offer; Zadar, Lika-Senj, Šibenik-Knin and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties. Croatia has a great opportunity to preserve its natural resources, while not giving up the income coming from tourism. The current tourist who actively spends his vacation is the one who shows us the path we need to take in order to make a good living from tourism in the long run. The fair was visited by more than 43.000 visitors in three days, which speaks volumes about the importance of the fair as well as the motive of all providers of active tourism to be present at it. Excellent attendance at the fair is another indication that active guests are hard to stop despite current media headlines; their healthy way of life, movement and rest in nature is obviously difficult to shake, which is extremely important for Croatia and the promotion of our natural beauties. Why did we decide to present ourselves at the Utrecht fair? To one Dutchman, or to any other foreigner, individually our regions do not represent much; he is going on holiday to Croatia and he is interested in the whole country and even the wider area. Croatia is a country of exceptional diversity, and active tourists love and appreciate it. These are tourists who are extremely mobile and the fact that the views around them change daily is very interesting to them in planning new trips. Author: From Utrecht for HrTurizam.hr writes Iva Bencun, co-organizer of the Zadar Outdoor Festival New trends continue to show a large increase in interest in “eco-friendly” travel; people are increasingly opting for train travel; Increasingly, accommodation is being sought as part of agritourism, rental of housing made of natural materials, camps and the like. A large number of recreational enthusiasts and hikers who are interested in cycling and hiking routes, accommodation, bicycles and outdoor equipment find all the necessary information here. Exhibitors have the opportunity to meet an extremely large number of potential users of their products and services. In addition to products and services, the fair also offers an extensive program of lectures and workshops where the latest trends in active tourism for the upcoming season are presented. At our stand, the emphasis was primarily on our events, which we try to promote the regions we come from, but also the whole of Croatia. Zadar Outdoor is the first event of its kind in Croatia, which was created with the idea of promoting the entire region, which is truly an ideal destination for an active vacation. Of course, this type of association is useful for all participants because, in addition to reducing costs, the promotion is more visible and easier for the end user. Photo: Private album However, what I would like to emphasize is that, following the positive association, Zadar Outdoor, Trogir Outdoor, TZO Preko and TZM Ugljan presented themselves at the joint stand. Synergy is crucial, because tourists are interested in a wider range of active / outdoor tourism, and not just one outdoor activity, ie the entire offer of the destination. We are pleased to bring positive news, especially in these days when there is great concern about long-term reactions to news about the coronavirus. We can’t miss it here either, because it’s something that the whole tourist community really feels. However, the type of tourists who spend their holidays actively in nature are not prone to generalization and panic. These are people who are certainly careful and study all relevant information well, but they react rationally and in contact with them in the last few days we must say that the interest in Croatia is very high and growing.