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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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Wildlife gardening – myths exploded

There are many myths regarding wildlife gardening that have grown up with time. The Sheffield University BUGS research exploded many of these: ‘Only big gardens are of value’ – This is not true, even tiny gardens can offer excellent environments for most insects. … Continue reading

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Wildlife gardening

I recently went to a forum given by Dr Steve Head on ‘The Why and How of Wildlife Gardening’. It was a fascinating evening and Steve was not only passionate about wildlife but also realistic regarding the needs of the gardener. … 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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