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BITTERSWEET MEMORIES OF 2020

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The year 2020. Where to begin? It’s tempting to dive straight into the obvious negatives – and let’s face it that would be rich […]

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Beginning with Brugmansias

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I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with myself for posting so infrequently. Okay, so I no longer have a long commute to London and I […]

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Farewell to the summer of 2018

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  As the sun sets on August, what will be my abiding memories of summer 2018? It goes without saying that the heat and […]

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How to Grow Ornamental Gingers in UK Gardens

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  Ornamental gingers – we’ve admired them whilst on holiday in tropical countries, or seen them curated in the glasshouses of botanical gardens, but […]

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The Magical Landscapes of Disneyland Paris

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  There is something especially delightful about going on a holiday that one hasn’t organised. Perhaps it’s the element of surprise, or the ability […]

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Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair 2017

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  My last hurrah before departing for India was a trip aross Kent to the Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair. I neither had the […]

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Fond Farewells

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  If it were not for the soft patter of rain on the skylight above my desk, I might hear a pin drop. My […]

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Drama Queens I: Tulipa ‘Slawa’

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  Ladies and gentlemen, for my 800th post, may I present you with the first of two floral drama queens; a bold, brassy diva […]

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Plan B

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  I have a problem. With the garden next door out of action and no immediate prospect of gaining it back, I have grown […]

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Sissinghurst – Fire and Ice

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By late summer both of our plots haveĀ started to run out of puff, so I am always keen to seek outĀ gardens which manage to […]

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The Rise and Fall of Phormiums

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Walking home from work today, I passed a miserable looking clump of variegated phormiums in front of a drab public building. They were ill […]

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