Daily Flower Candy – Anemone apennina

The last time I had a full week away from work was last August, so I am, in a word, exhausted. Our forthcoming break in Cornwall is so keenly anticipated that I am afraid it may have rather too much to live up to. At least the inevitable dose of tonsillitis, which normally afflicts me the moment I start to […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Clematis armandii

Good news! Our Clematis armandii is back from its travels. Last May I reported its escape from our garden, but the adventurous vine has now scrambled so high into our neighbour’s trees that we can appreciate the deliciously scented white flowers again. A mild winter suited this slightly tender clematis; the flowers are the most abundant I […]

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The Very Best of 2013 – A Year In Pictures

When I wrote my equivalent post this time last year, I thought 2012 was a momentous year, but reflecting on 2013 I find the last twelve months have more than measured up.  I celebrated my 40th Birthday and over the course of the year visited 10 countries, including Nepal, India, China and Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. […]

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all my lovely followers and to garden lovers everywhere. Have a wonderful day!

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Good Enough to Eat

No trip to New York is complete without a browse around one of the world’s most appetising shops, Dean & DeLuca on Broadway.  Here one can find the finest foods from all around the world in dazzling variety.  I dare you not to salivate within seconds of crossing the threshold. This week, mingling with the […]

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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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A Floral Cure

Apart from having a hectic work week, I’ve also been struggling with blogger’s block. Lots to write about but just not finding the requisite levels of inspiration. Finally the spell has been broken by the talented florists from Hibya Kadan in Japan, who have staged an exquisite exhibit at the Maison et Objet show in […]

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Ten Thousand Flowers

Today I am celebrating the ten thousandth visit to The Frustrated Gardener. I can’t quite believe we’ve made it this far. Thank you for dropping by, ten thousand times! In honour of this milestone, I thought I’d share this lovely poem, written by Wu Men (1183 – 1260) and translated from Chinese by Stephen Mitchell. […]

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Goodnestone Park in Spring

Those of you who have been following The Frustrated Gardener for a while will recall that I wrote about Goodnestone Park shortly after starting out on my blogging adventure.  Down here in East Kent there’s a shortage of good gardens to visit, so when we feel the need to get out, it’s often here that […]

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In love with Adeniums

I am not sure what it is that attracts me to this rather gaudy plant. Everything about it shouts “look at me”, from its stumpy and bloated trunk to its lipstick-pink flowers. But it’s totally tropical, outrageously oriental and pretty photogenic to boot. Enjoy or shrink back in horror, I won’t mind either way!

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