Wallowing in the June Gap

We are in the midst of a period known to gardeners and beekeepers as the June Gap. Both of our gardens have become a sea of green, caught in limbo between the fading flowers of spring and the first blooms of summer. I love this time: everything appears so fresh and vigorous, with the anticipation […]

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In the Pink

It’s early June and the hedgerows of England are at their most ebullient. Nowhere are they more vivacious than in the West County where the crystal clear air permits colours to pop and sparkle. Warmed by the summer sun, refreshed by the last rains of spring, our hedges are flushed with foxgloves, ferns, campions and buttercups, […]

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All Change!

They say a change is as good as a rest. Normally I’d agree with that, but the amount of turmoil we’ve had through June has left me not so much in need of a rest but intensive care. It would not have been so bad had it not been for the silly amount I’ve been […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – People’s Choice Award: Hope on the Horizon

No doubt spurred on by TV talent shows, where the audience as well as expert judges get a vote, the RHS introduced People’s Choice awards at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2010. These awards reflect entirely the opinions of the public and are awarded in the Show, Fresh and Artisan categories. Triumphant in the show garden category this […]

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Whitstable Castle Gardens, Kent

On our frequent visits to Whitstable, we’ve often been intrigued by a glinting weather vane, perched high above the trees at the Tankerton end of the beach. It turns out that the weather vane rises from the battlements of Whitstable Castle, originally Tankerton Towers, a former gentlemen’s residence of the Regency period. The house started […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Paulownia tomentosa

British gardeners will go to any lengths to grow plants that really shouldn’t enjoy our chilly, damp climate. Once such plant is the foxglove tree, Paulownia tomentosa, prized for its large ornamental leaves and luscious lilac-coloured flowers. The cool start to the year has ensured that flowers have appeared late, avoiding frosts and guaranteeing a […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Top Picks

So, it finally stopped raining and I was able to spend a few enjoyable hours in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, soaking up the sights, the smells and the mud underfoot.  Hampton Court flower show is our second biggest show after Chelsea, but Chelsea it is not.  Although it’s a more spacious event, the […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.2 – Goodnestone Park, Kent (Part 1)

Despite the showers, we set off after lunch for one of east Kent’s finest gardens.  That could be read as faint praise, given east Kent has a complete dearth of good gardens open to the public.  However, Goodnestone is a fabulous, intimate garden which is at its absolute best this month.   It’s a garden that steers a happy […]

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Fantastic Mr Foxglove

After a  fairly challenging day at work, my spirits were lifted when I returned home to find this lovely foxglove coming into flower by the pond. Foxgloves remind me so much of Cornish hedgerows in June, although this variety promises to be something a little bit different. The variety is Digitalis “Illumination Pink”, and a […]

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