Daily Flower Candy: Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’

  My sweetie jar has been a little empty of late, so I think it’s high time I resumed my occasional Daily Flower Candy series, highlighting some of my favourite garden-worthy plants. Today’s sweet treat is Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’, a shrub that had passed me by until I stumbled over it three times in the space […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Grevillea victoriae

Just when you think the plant world has no more surprises in store for you (a silly thing to suppose anyway), along comes a plant which you can’t believe you’ve never encountered before. In this case it’s Grevillea victoriae, the royal grevillea, which is endemic to Australia’s New South Wales and Victoria states. It was first […]

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Plant Portraits: Dicksonia antartica

For a while in the nineties, when television programmes such as Home Front and Ground Force ruled the air waves, tree ferns almost became a gardening cliché. They were saved from turning into the plant equivalent of prawn cocktail by their relative expense; a good quality, legally harvested specimen will set you back around £40 per foot. When […]

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Chelsea Calling

May is well and truly here, so naturally my thoughts turn to Chelsea and what we can expect of the world’s most famous flower show in its 101st year. The omens are good. To start with we’ve enjoyed a milder, sunnier spring. Last year, in my summer finery, I caught the mother of all colds after twelve hours plodding […]

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Plants in Detail – Banksia grandis

Looking for all the world like a giant loofa or an anaemic bearskin hat, this is the impressive flower of Banksia grandis. The proud plant it belongs to was displayed for everyone to admire at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Trewidden Nursery of Cornwall. Commonly known as the Bull Banksia or Mangite, it […]

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Chelsea 2013: Best Show Garden

The results are in, and the Trailfinders Australian Garden has been awarded Best Show Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.  Congratulations to Fleming’s Nurseries, who presented the garden, and to designer Phil Johnson.  The show garden illustrates how sustainable landscaping can be integrated into an urban setting, using native Australian plants throughout the design.  Shame they didn’t […]

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