True Blue

This little gem of a plant is Convolvulus sabatius, otherwise known as Blue Rock Bindweed.  Unlike its invasive, white-flowered cousin it does not spread like wildfire and make itself generally unwelcome.  Instead, it cascades delicately over the slate walls of our raised borders and blesses us with small, soft blue flowers all through the summer.  It appreciates a […]

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Abutilon “Nabob”

I have an addiction – well, maybe more than one actually – but the one I’ll admit to is to buying plants. I seem physically unable to visit a garden centre, pass a plant stall, or leave an open garden without at least one precious growing thing. I am always utterly convinced that a space […]

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Happy Hostas, Rambling Roses

We are lucky enough to have a small garden at our London home, as well as by the seaside in Kent. On rare weekends when we stay put in the capital, the garden gets some much needed attention. The plot is shady, with woefully heavy, wet soil and poor drainage. This is in marked contrast […]

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The Incomparable Petersham Nurseries

My work takes me to to all sorts of interesting and unusual places. Although not all could be classed as pleasant, yesterday’s visit to Petersham Nurseries, near Richmond Upon Thames, was more than enough to lift the spirits. The nurseries, in the grounds of the Petersham House Estate, have become famous for their Michelin starred […]

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Out with the old, in with the new

It always feels slightly wrong to be uprooting spring bedding, just when it appears to be reaching its zenith.  However, it’s a bad idea to get too sentimental, as within a couple of weeks one can guarantee it will burn itself out and collapse.  This is exactly what has happened with my spring Violas.  The best I […]

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Daring Combinations

I am already ruing my decision to plant out a number of young plants this week without hardening them off properly.  So often in the garden, jobs are done when the time is available to do them, rather than the when the text book (or common sense) says one should.  Not having a greenhouse or […]

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The Colour Green

Nothing brings me greater pleasure in May and early June than all the beautiful shades of green in the garden.  Those precious moments before the colours darken are normally fleeting, but this year’s cooler weather seems to have preserved them a little longer. For me, translucent beech leaves emerging in the sunlight are the ultimate […]

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