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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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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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Relax

Take a look at the Natural England website  www.naturalengland.org.uk . It has lots of information about wildlife gardening and some very useful tips and hints. The following is certainly good advice: Relax! Don’t feel that you have to be too tidy … 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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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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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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It’s a material choice

If you are considering having a new patio, terrace or path in your garden then you may be feeling a little bewildered by the huge choice of materials available, or you may not even be aware of all of the options … Continue reading

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