Shades of Summer

We have been away from our seaside garden for two full weeks.   This always makes me uneasy, especially when the weather is warm and everything is growing so fast.  It’s also heartbreaking to miss some of the wonderful things that are flowering at this time of year.  Still, needs must and we have a […]

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Cucumber Cottage, Sandwich

Sandwich is full of lanes with quirky names such as Pondicherry Alley and Knighrider Street, each packed with an interesting mix of grand houses, pubs and humble cottages, Georgian and older. In the street leading to the Fisher Gate we spotted this little passageway leading to “Cucumber Cottage”. What a great name. If only more […]

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Looking good

I have to admit that just at the moment I am feeling reasonably content with how the garden is shaping up. It is 5 years old and required its first major “chop” just as this spring began. The Euphorbia mellifera had become an enormous ball of bright green foliage. Attractive as it was it was […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Top Picks

So, it finally stopped raining and I was able to spend a few enjoyable hours in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, soaking up the sights, the smells and the mud underfoot.  Hampton Court flower show is our second biggest show after Chelsea, but Chelsea it is not.  Although it’s a more spacious event, the […]

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Sensational Sissinghurst (Part 2 – White Heat)

The White Garden at Sissinghurst is arguably one of the most admired and imitated gardens in the world.  It began as an idea in 1939, all thoughts of which were sadly overshadowed by the War.  Then in 1949 Vita resurrected her vision for a white and silver planting, including santolina, cineraria and rabbit’s ears, with regal lilies […]

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Sensational Sissinghurst (Part 1 – Wall Flowers)

The gardens of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent must be amond the best known in England, if not the whole of Europe.  They are the creation of two people, Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson, who arrived at the property in 1930.  Over a period of 32 years they worked together on this gentle masterpiece, […]

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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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Captivating Annuals

Whilst walking along Highgate High Street this afternoon, I was stopped by these charming pots of annual plants on the steps of the local gift shop. Simple, effective and utterly in keeping with their surroundings. Designed to make passers-by smile and to lift the spirits.

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