A Feast For Tired Eyes

For desperate want of any other floral activity this week, I thought I would quickly share with you some of the fabulous arrangements that can be found around my hotel. The flowers are real (promise!), changed daily and look fabulously opulent in their cut glass vases and ornate bowls. Not really something you can try […]

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Hydrangea macrophylla “Merveille Sanguine”

Hydrangeas are something of a staple plant in Cornish gardens, where the moist but mild climate suits them perfectly. My grandmother grew them to perfection, watering them regularly with used washing-up water (complete with stray teaspoons), encouraging them to produce flowers of the clearest, brightest cornflower blue. Used inappropriately hydrangeas can be coarse, clashy and […]

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Felley Priory, Nottinghamshire

It’s always good to get away from the big smoke and better still to have the opportunity to visit new gardens in unfamiliar places. So on our way up to Yorkshire for our friends’ wedding we took a very short detour off the M1 to visit Felley Priory, a garden of about 2.5 acres. The […]

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