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Snowdrops

Poems and stories have been written about them, they are the focus of plant collectors, an artist’s delight and a photographer’s pain in the neck. The beautiful, simple, graceful, snowdrop (Galanthus) is the first bulb to flower and by using … 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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Nerium oleander (oleander)

When you go on holiday abroad you often see beautiful flowering plants that you recognise as being house plants here in the UK. Many years ago whilst traveling through Australia I was enthralled by such a shrub which was being used … Continue reading

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Aubretia

I was recently helping a friend clear a small border in her garden and in this border were some very scraggy, old bits of Aubretia. Many of us keep plants that are past their best just because we don’t know … 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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Nearly stumped

I’m a bit of a plants-person and pride myself on being able to identify most plants, but in the last week I have come across two plants, in two very different circumstances, that I am unfamiliar with: I spotted the fist … Continue reading

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Wisteria sinensis – for the senses

  I’ve never had a garden with a Wisteria before, I’ve never even been a great lover of them – they are not one of my ‘doer’ plants, in that they blossom and are over and done with very quickly; … 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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Tulip time

You will find that most articles written about Tulips are published in the autumn, this is because it is when we plant our bulbs. We often buy them on a whim, plant them where there’s a gap and then forget … Continue reading

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Winter Jasmine – time to prune

Just a quick reminder that it is now the time to prune your Jasminum nudiflorum (winter flowering jasmine). When it has finished flowering cut the stems back to where you can see a strong pair of buds. Easy!

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