Bosvigo Hellebore Day 2014

When it comes to finding interesting topics for new posts, it can sometimes be a case of feast or famine. Just now, I have more ideas in my head than I can possibly commit to paper (or should that be screen?) and my camera’s memory card is chock-a-block with images I want to share. Not […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Crocus tomassinianus ‘Roseus’

Many of us will be familiar with diminutive Crocus tomassinianus, which pops up through lawns and borders in early spring, leaping from the sward like flames from a gas hob. The species seeds itself freely, but is easily trounced by heavy weather. This weekend I’ve been introduced to a more robust pink form, Crocus tomassinianus ‘Roseus’. […]

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Sea Air and Shopping

Over the last two days I’ve experienced complete sensory overload. Yesterday’s highlight was the RHS London Plant and Design Show, where I was dazzled by oceans of irises and fountains of rare and beautiful snowdrops. Considering the winter we’ve had, the likes of Jacques Amand (above) and Avon Bulbs still managed to create extraordinary displays, […]

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Daily Flower Candies: Helleborus foetidus & Iris foetidissima

One might consider it wise to steer well clear of any plant with a latin name ending foetidus or foetidissima. After all the epithet means bad-smelling, or having a fetid odour; something most of us could live without in our gardens. Anyone with dry shade should think again, as this would exclude two terrific plants which […]

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A Haven for Hellebores

Plunging down a steep lane at the edge of the cathedral city of Truro, one arrives at Bosvigo. This two acre garden surrounding a beautiful 17th century house is one of Cornwall’s most unique; not because of its relatively small size, but because its seasonal focus, until recently, has been summer rather than spring. Bosvigo’s […]

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Awash With White

Yesterday we ventured out into the storm-torn Kentish countryside. Public transport was at a standstill after hundreds of trees fell onto train lines linking the county to the outside world.  Fortunately the roads were clear enough for us to get through; just a few large puddles to navigate here and there. In the Elham valley, […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’ AGM

The problem with crocuses is that no sun + strong winds = flattened blooms that never progress beyond promising buds. Hailing from central Europe and Mediterranean regions, crocuses are bulbs for open spaces with good drainage. Soggy, shady positions render them leggy and liable to flopping over.  2014 has not been their year. So this […]

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A Bold New Look

I like to keep things fresh at The Frustrated Gardener, so I’ve upgraded to a brand new theme called Axon. My blog’s previous theme, Further, has become Twenty Fourteen, this year’s WordPress default layout. I hate to conform, so it’s out with the old and in with a new, photo-friendly format. Please let me know […]

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RHS London Plant and Design Show

A reminder that next week, on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February, the RHS will be marking the imminent arrival of spring with their London Plant and Design Show.  There will be ravishing displays of spring bulbs and winter flowering shrubs from the country’s top nurseries, plus a preview of this year’s Chelsea and Hampton […]

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Bruges, Venice of the North

Judging by the number of tourists visiting Bruges annually, reckoned at 2 million, this Flemish city needs little introduction. If you are looking for classic Belgian attractions – finely gabled buildings, luxurious chocolates, strong beer, indulgent waffles or moules et frites – then satisfaction is guaranteed. Finding solitude, however, might prove more of a challenge. […]

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