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Spring, nature’s big colour clash

Spring is my favourite time of the year. Everything makes me smile: Gorgeous sunshiny daffodils, pretty primroses, delicate blossoms, buds bursting out of dead-looking stems, green shoots pushing through unloved soil and new-born lambs frolicking in the fields.  Nature’s having a … Continue reading

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Perennials for dry, shady spots

Dry, shady spots in the garden can be quite tricky and often end up being the neglected areas or dumping grounds. With a little effort in tracking down the right plants you can create some very pretty beds. Here are my favourite perennials: … Continue reading

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Are your rose beds bare in spring?

In the spring our Roses can look extremely bare and uninteresting. It is therefore worth considering planting Clematis with them, these can extend the flowering season, add a different colour and provide additional interest with shape and size. Roses and Clematis work … Continue reading

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Last chance to snip

Any vigorous shrub that flowers from mid July to September (including shrubs that are grown for their vivid winter stems) can now be cut back to almost ground level. This will give you a stronger plant, more vivid stems and abundant … Continue reading

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Cimicifuga racemosa – friend or foe?

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I rather like the name cimicifuga, I rather like the plant too and have often included cimicifuga simplex ‘Brunette’ in my planting schemes. It is a very useful plant that does well in damp and … Continue reading

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Is there a ghost in your garden?

A friend of mine has a stunning garden that she opens to the public(www.kathybrownsgarden.com). She has some beautiful winter beds and walks within the garden which have gained the attention of a famous French photographer – Cedric Pollet. Kathy was … Continue reading

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Miracle Plant

If you know anyone with Leukemia or Lymphoma (A cancer of the lymphatic system) you may have noticed the Periwinkle logo being used on literature and on websites.  The Periwinkle, otherwise known as Catharanthus roseus is a species of Catharanthus that is native to … Continue reading

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The scents of winter

I don’t have a very good sense of smell; subtle, muted perfumes don’t do it for me. I need ’wow, what was that?’ knock out wafts of sweet, heady fragrance. I’d rather not put my nose right into the centre of a plant to … Continue reading

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Yellow – love it or hate it?

What do you think about yellow plants in the garden?  They can bring a hint of sunshine to the dullest areas of the garden and they contrast fabulously against plants with red or purple leaves;  for summer planting, they can look … Continue reading

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February pruning

It’s really felt like spring today and I’m sure that many people have been working in their gardens. There’s lots to do, but there is still a threat of snow and heavy frosts this month so don’t get carried away. Pruning … Continue reading

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