The Big Apple Beckons

Although I live and breath Christmas year-round, it’s an annual business trip to New York that really marks the beginning of my festivities.  I attempt to have both gardens put to bed, cards written and most gifts bought before I go.  Then I can work and party through December knowing Christmas is in the bag. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: The Eden Project

Our last visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall was in spring 2011. Here, a dappled river of forget-me-nots and dog’s-tooth violets (Erythronium ‘Pagoda’) mingles with the emerging foliage of bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), hellebores and native ferns.  The smooth round pots filled with white and deep purple tulips add a touch of contemporary formality.

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The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park.

Lysichiton camtschatcensis, The Western Skunk Cabbage. Last weekend the sun came out. For those of you who are not British, sunny weather, even when it’s still cold, means the UK population suddenly feels compelled to wear as little clothing as possible and bare acres of pasty white flesh. It’s not a pretty sight. Happily another […]

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Flowering Now: Erythronium revolutum

This wonderful moment in spring, when the sun shines and before the leaves appear on the trees, is the time when carpets of flowers appear on the woodland floor. In the UK, we look forward to delicately scented bluebells and virginal wood anemones, but on the west coast of North America, from Northern California to […]

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