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Sandling Park Open Garden 2015

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The chance to view the extraordinary collection of rhododendrons and azaleas built up by the Hardy family at Sandling Park in Kent is one of […]

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No Rest For The Wicked

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It’s one of those weeks when the balance between getting stuff done and writing about it tilts in favour of the former. After a […]

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Saltwood Castle NSPCC Plant Fair 2015

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Driving south to the pretty village of Saltwood for the annual NSPCC plant fair has become something of a tradition in our household. Even Him […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Disporum megalanthum

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Our London garden offers few plants their perfect conditions – no surprise when you consider it was once no more than a shady patch of shattered Tarmac with subsoil dumped […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Prunus spinosa

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I’ll admit I am a little overdue with this one, but 2015 has been one of the latest I can recall for blackthorn blossom (the flowers of Prunus […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Allium ursinum

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Yesterday I sang the praises of an orchid, today I am waxing lyrical about an onion, or a garlic to be precise. Monday’s Spring Flower Candy is […]

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Spring Flower Candy: Pleione formosana

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I will be devoting a post to a different spring flower each day this week, and they don’t come much more special than Pleione formosana. I […]

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Enchanted April

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It really has been the most remarkable April. So far not a single drop of rain has fallen on either of our gardens and, […]

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In Search of Captain Poldark

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If, like me, you have been seduced by the BBC’s panoramic revival of Winston Graham’s Poldark saga, you will probably have developed certain urges. They might very […]

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Wonder Walls

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Cornish hedges are a defining part of the landscape on Britain’s most south-westerly peninsula. From a wildlife point of view they are like Noah’s ark, […]

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Harbour Highlights

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As soon as I get near the coast I develop a fascination with photographing fishing paraphernalia. Harbour arms are frequently a treasure trove of interesting subjects – nets, buoys, […]

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Wildflowers of Cornwall

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Clockwise from top left: herb robert (Geranium robertianum); hart’s tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium); lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria); Alexanders / wild celery (Smyrnium olusatrum); common […]

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