New Plants At The Watch House: August 2019

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Both gardens were overflowing with plants long before August arrived. There was a point at which getting from the garden gate to the front […]

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The Watch House NGS Open Weekend 2019

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And relax! After several weeks of intensive preparation, another National Gardens Scheme open weekend lies behind us. Rather like Christmas there’s an almighty build-up […]

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The Diary of a Plant Addict

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If my blog did not already have a title, ‘The Diary of a Plant Addict’ would be a strong candidate. I’ve had the most […]

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Violet Time

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One of the many frustrations of having flu is that everything tastes and smells odd. Apparently viral particles linger longer in the nose and […]

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Winter Heliotrope: Petasites fragrans

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What better way to start the New Year at The Frustrated Gardener than with a plant that flowers through the darkest, coldest months. The […]

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Autumn Spice

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The problem with owning a garden dominated by evergreens and tropicals is that I don’t really get to experience autumn colour at home. My […]

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How to Grow Ornamental Gingers in UK Gardens

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  Ornamental gingers – we’ve admired them whilst on holiday in tropical countries, or seen them curated in the glasshouses of botanical gardens, but […]

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It’s almost 15 months since the Gin & Tonic Garden first came into being. My compact, 20ft x 20ft courtyard is still occasionally referred […]

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Plant Profile: Dahlia ‘Nicholas’

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  I should have predicted it. I take a holiday, I unwind (sort of), and up creeps the dreaded tonsillitis. It happens every time, […]

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Hunting Brook Gardens, County Wicklow

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  It was raining as we arrived at Hunting Brook; a light, steady drizzle filtering through opaque air. The lanes leading to the garden […]

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The Final Countdown

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Twenty days to go and the countdown to my NGS garden open weekend is well underway. In truth the garden does not need another […]

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Reflections on a Busy Week

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What a rollercoaster ride last week was. It began with visits to two very fine private gardens, open by appointment for the National Garden Scheme, […]

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