Countdown to Christmas

I can count the number of days I get to spend at home before Christmas on one hand. I’ve stopped buying an advent calendar because I’m never around to open the doors. Even though it’s the same every year, I am persistently overambitious about what I can achieve in those precious spells between work and […]

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Getting Some Air …. Plants

  Inspired by my visit to Steve Edney’s garden at Sweetbriar, where a striped bromeliad sat astride the branches of an old cordyline, I decided to look beyond the terrestrial and think about what I could grow in my own trees at The Watch House. I am accustomed to seeing ferns nestled in the boughs […]

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Flower Market Road, Hong Kong

Since the 1970s, Flower Market Road (花墟道) has been the go-to place for plants and flowers in Hong Kong. The term ‘market’ conjures up an image of a large open space packed with stalls, but Hong Kong’s floral focal point is made up of about fifty privately owned shops extending along two parallel streets and […]

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Celebrating Forty with Phalaenopsis

Yes, The Frustrated Gardener is 40 today.  Happy Birthday to me!  Rather than indulging in a mid life crisis I am having something of a Maria Carey moment and have filled the house with white butterfly orchids ready for tonight’s  party.  I considered doves and puppies, but they make too much mess and won’t stay still. […]

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Classy Clivia

A few years back my partner’s mother gave us an offset of one of the many clivias that bask in her front porch.  The lucky escapee has since languished in our bathroom, on an east facing window ledge, where it appears to be very happy.  For most of the year the glossy but fairly unexciting […]

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Beguiled by Begonias

I expect it’s desperately unfashionable to say so, but I do love a nice Begonia. They are easy on the eye, diverse and sometimes dramatic, but normally easy to grow, appreciating a little bit of shade. So I was instantly drawn to Dibleys’ magnificent display of Begonias and Coleus at last week’s Hampton Court Flower […]

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