Tropical Gardens

The Heat Is On

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I love a bit of sun as much as the next man, but when the mercury rises above 25 degrees I am not at […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Zantedeschia ‘Picasso’

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I have always rather shunned the colourful, smaller cousins of the Ethiopian lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica, mainly because of their artificial looks and regular, cellophane-wrapped […]

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Anticipation

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For the lucky few – journalists, celebrities and royalty – the Chelsea Flower Show starts today. The rest of must wait until 8am tomorrow […]

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Plants in Detail – Gunnera manicata AGM

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You may have picked up on my recent fascination with large, jungly-looking plants. I don’t really have room for such colossi in either garden, but I can still […]

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Plant Portraits: Dicksonia antartica

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For a while in the nineties, when television programmes such as Home Front and Ground Force ruled the air waves, tree ferns almost became […]

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A Tropical Christmas

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Just one more flight and I’ll be home for Christmas. Work won’t be over for a while, but in the meantime this unusual, tropical-inspired […]

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Plants in Detail – Bismarkia nobilis

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Bismarkia nobilis (Bismark palm) is, without question, one of the most photogenic plants in the world.  This mighty palm with its architectural, pleated leaves […]

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A Walk Around The Peak

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Spending time in Hong Kong is no great hardship. But after a week in showrooms so crammed with Christmas sparkle that you can almost […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2013: Hot Gardens

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Above, ‘Mid Century Modern’ designed by Adele Ford and Susan Wilmott We’re so accustomed to the British Summer being a wash out, it’s a […]

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