Daily Flower Candy: Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus)

The groundflame of the crocus breaks the mould, Fair Spring slides hither o’er the Southern sea, Wavers on her thin stem the snowdrop cold That trembles not to kisses of the bee: Come Spring, for now from all the dripping eaves The spear of ice has wept itself away, And hour by hour unfolding woodbine […]

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Gold Rush

There is one colour that’s inextricably linked with early spring, and that’s yellow. Whether it’s canary, lemon, sunflower, primrose or golden, yellow is the colour that heralds the start of the gardening year. Yellow flowers spread their sunshine at a time when very little is forthcoming from above. But when the sun’s rays do target their glossy […]

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Bosvigo Hellebore Day 2015

It’s been weeks since I last saw our London garden in the daylight. At first glance there is not a lot to behold except jaded foliage and bare earth. Closer inspection reveals plenty of flowers, ranging from fragrant Sarcococca ruscifolia (sweet box) and fragile Primula vulgaris ‘Taigetos’ to arching Fuchsia microphylla and graceful Galanthus elwesii. Queen amongst today’s […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Crocus chrysanthus ‘Herald’

I wished for snow, and it came, although not the right kind of snow. It began promisingly, fine and dusty, but rapidly transformed itself into fat, soggy clumps and then plonky rain. Nothing settled. Hey ho. Now that the garden is no longer full of defunct kitchen appliances and builders’ debris I am able to scour […]

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The Winds of Change

I’ve just come in from the garden, where the temperature has dropped dramatically since lunchtime. A brisk, rain-laden breeze has whipped up, carrying away summer’s last whispers. I fear autumn is finally here. This means one thing – it’s time to prepare the garden for winter and spring. Stoic dahlias are plodding on, albeit with slightly smaller flowers […]

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2014 RHS London Plant and Design Show – Highlights

Those of you who look in on The Frustrated Gardener regularly will know that I treasure my little jaunts from my place of work to the RHS London shows. I rarely break for lunch, let alone horticultural indulgence, so these occasions are indelibly inked into my diary with clear instructions to ‘KEEP CLEAR!’ This year’s […]

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Looking Ahead

I have been uncharacteristically quiet for the last three days, and for good reason; I have been hard at work signing off our range for next Christmas. If I had a pound for every exclamation of surprise I heard on passing our review room, brimming over with trees, lights and sparkly trims, I would be […]

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Plant Portraits: Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bosvigo Doubles’

Since returning from Cornwall on Monday it has done nothing but rain. In the short hours between work and sleep I have been revisiting the photographs of my new hellebores. Meanwhile they’ve had to battle the elements on the other side of the glass, waiting for an evening fine and light enough for me to […]

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Bosvigo Hellebore Day 2014

When it comes to finding interesting topics for new posts, it can sometimes be a case of feast or famine. Just now, I have more ideas in my head than I can possibly commit to paper (or should that be screen?) and my camera’s memory card is chock-a-block with images I want to share. Not […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Crocus tomassinianus ‘Roseus’

Many of us will be familiar with diminutive Crocus tomassinianus, which pops up through lawns and borders in early spring, leaping from the sward like flames from a gas hob. The species seeds itself freely, but is easily trounced by heavy weather. This weekend I’ve been introduced to a more robust pink form, Crocus tomassinianus ‘Roseus’. […]

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