Daily Flower Candy: Erigeron glaucus (beach aster)

The recipe for a classic seaside garden is as tried and tested as that for the most British of cakes, a Victoria Sandwich. Take a sheet of tightly mown lawn, add a fringe of hydrangeas (preferably blue) and spike with a handful of cordylines (Cordyline australis). Add phormiums (a modern twist) or agapanthus to taste and then […]

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Top Tips: Preparing Your Garden for a Summer Holiday

The school summer break is over and the kids are back for the autumn term, which means it must be time to take our holidays. I love September: the hazy light, the gentle warmth that seems to radiate from the ground and the ebullience of the garden. For me, this is my last hurrah before work becomes too chaotic […]

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Glorious Goodnestone, Part III: The Walled Garden

The British love a walled garden: solid, enclosed and often romantic, they are private spaces where a lucky few get to garden and where visitors can appreciate their labours. In the 21st Century those that remain are mainly cultivated as decorative fruit, vegetable and cut flower gardens. Those attached to hotels and National Trust properties […]

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Daily Flower Candy – Echinops ritro ‘White Globe’

Forming a perfect, filigree sphere this is the flower head of Echinops ritro ‘White Globe’.  I can’t recall why I omitted this work of nature’s art from my original post about Tintinhull, but now seems a fitting time to rescue it from digital oblivion.  Echinops (globe thistles) are members of the aster family, but gone are […]

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Making Arrangements

This Wednesday I was extended the great honour of arranging the flowers for Trevoole Farm’s NGS open day.  I’m not sure what qualified me for the job, other than a general willingness to have a go, but the opportunity to play with oodles of flowers and a fabulous collection of vintage vessels was far to […]

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Wallington Hall, Cambo, Northumberland

Northumberland is a wonderful, wild, unspoilt county in the north of England, once the frontier between rampaging Celts and civilised Romans. The region is noted for its landscape of high moorland and forests, and is mostly protected as a National Park. Northumberland is also the most sparsely populated county in England, with only 62 people […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Berkheya purpurea

It’s been a hot and thirsty few days in the garden. A plant which takes these conditions in its stride is Berkheya purpurea, a member of the Aster family from South Africa. With its jagged, thistle-like leaves and abundant lilac flowers it’s a superb plant for a dry, sunny spot. Berkheya can easily be grown […]

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The Road to Mandalay – All Aboard the Chrysanthemum Express!

On the road to Mandalay, from the hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin, is Mandalay’s morning flower market. If, like us, you were expecting a Covent Garden-like covered market, then think again. This is a flower market on wheels. About 20 minutes from the city centre and occupying the sides and central reservation of a […]

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