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Little Miracle

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  With the exception of bringing a child into the world, there is nothing in life so rewarding as growing a plant from seed. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Cobaea scandens

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  The last time I wrote about Cobaea scandens was at Christmas and I make no apology for featuring it again so soon. Barring a few […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Canarina canariensis

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Regular readers may already have noticed that I am sucker for a subtropical plant. On a cold Sunday in February, whilst visiting London’s Chelsea Physic Garden, […]

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The Remains of the Day

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There comes a point every year when I begin to lose sight of our London garden. It’s nothing to do with my failing vision […]

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Lost for words

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Rarely do I find myself lost for words but tonight, as I consider my return to work and the inevitability of autumn, I feel a […]

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Divine Decay

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On the whole I dislike decay. My inner perfectionist denies me the pleasure of anything less than pristine, fresh or new. I wish I could be […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Vitis coignetiae AGM

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This year’s autumn is turning out to be a long, drawn-out affair – less rocket, more damp squib.  But whatever the weather, a handful […]

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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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Daily Flower Candy: Clematis alpina

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You know spring has sprung when the pale, stringy stems of Clematis alpina burst into leaf. An incredibly hardy climber, Clematis alpina can manage […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Clematis armandii

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Fragrant, white-flowered Clematis armandii is one plant I am really missing from my garden this spring. Not because it’s died, but because it’s decided […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

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These pretty primrose pompoms belong to vigorous climbing rose Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. Hailing from the mountains of China, it’s not 100% hardy in the […]

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