Plant Portraits

Iris Reticulata ‘Pauline’

Reading time 7 minutes

In an exciting new development, the following post can now be enjoyed as a podcast as well as in text and photographs. Cultivars of […]

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Plant Profile: Lilium ‘Whistler’

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This spring I potted up more lilies than ever before. My intention was to bridge that awkward gap between the tulips fading and the […]

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Plant Profile: Strophanthus boivinii

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I started this blog with a clear personal ambition to preserve what I already knew about plants and to encourage further learning. It was […]

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Plant Profile: Ivy-leaved toadflax

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Cymbalaria muralis: Ivy-leaved toadflax, ivywort, Kenilworth ivy, coliseum ivy, Oxford ivy, mother of thousands, mother of millions, thousand flower, pennywort, wandering sailor, Aaron’s beard, […]

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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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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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Where Have All The Coleus Gone?

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  When a plant does well in my garden, I want to grow more of it. As a gardening strategy, this makes perfect sense. […]

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In Praise of Nemesias

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  When something you like grows well in your garden it makes sense to grow more of it. I count agapanthus, zantedeschia, trachelospermum and […]

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Ever Decreasing Circles

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  This is a petrocosmea, a ground-hugging, rosette-forming relative of the African violet, hailing from the mountains of Western China. In its natural habitat […]

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