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Show Gardens – Have They Lost The Plot?

Show gardens – have they lost the plot? Their photos adorn the covers of our gardening magazines, they are written about in the weekend sections of newspapers, people jostle with each other to get the best views of them, celebs … Continue reading

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Is it a case of buyer beware or should we be getting a better service from our garden centres?

Many garden centres are increasingly becoming major retail outlets. Amongst Christmas decorations, gifts, food, pets and clothing it is just possible to find some plants, but it is almost impossible to get reliable, honest information about them. Should we have … Continue reading

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Phacelia, mystery plant identified

In my article ‘nearly stumped’ on the 11th May, I mentioned that I had found a plant that I couldn’t identify; A beautiful lilac-mauve flower that was emerging from caterpillar like cymes held aloft from finely cut leaves. I looked … Continue reading

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Ben Nicholson – artist or sculpter?

A few years ago I went round the garden at Sutton Place in Surrey. This very special garden was designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe and at the time I visited, the house was owned by the Getty foundation. Within the grounds was one of he most … Continue reading

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Carpe diem

‘Sieze the day’, I was reminded of this wonderful saying last week when I went to a talk and book signing by Katherine Swift, garden writer and author of The Morville Hours and The Morville Year. Katherine read extracts from … Continue reading

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Tulipa sylvestris

After writing about Tulips earlier this week, yesterday I was delighted to visit a garden that held a real treat for me. Kelmscott Manor, Nr Lechlade in Oxon was the country home of William Morris from 1871 to 1896. The house which … Continue reading

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Growing minds

I read a newspaper article last weekend that stated that older adults who garden have more of a zest for life and feel younger than those that don’t garden. A survey conducted by researchers from Texas A&M and Texas State Universities showed … Continue reading

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Botanic Gardens gave Djokovic strength

In his post match interview after beating Roger Federa in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic said that he enjoyed the parks in Melbourne and he particularly enjoyed the Botanic Gardens. He said that they gave him strength. … Continue reading

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Snowdrop days

Finished your tax return but still feeling blue? Then seek out a garden walk with a snowdrop display. I’d actually leave it for a week or so because they do seem to be a little late this year but make sure … Continue reading

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It’s Potato Day Season

It’s the start of potato day season where it is possible to go to an event and check out some of the finest potatoes in the world. There are experts to advise you on what is best for your growing … Continue reading

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