The Stage is Set

It struck me last weekend that, amid all the frantic garden visiting, I’ve written very little about what’s been going on in our town and seaside gardens. This is for two very good reasons. Firstly, both plots have been going through major upheavals (it’s all proportionate in a tiny garden) and have been looking nothing […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Lilium martagon ‘Tobacco’

H.W.Hyde & Son was founded in 1926, the year the first woman swam the English Channel. In honour of the 100th Chelsea Flower Show the specialist lily grower showed 100 new varieties, some of which still awaited naming. Among them were a glorious array of martagons, a woodland species which requires a humus-rich alkaline soil […]

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Chelsea 2013: My Top Ten Plants

At a show on the scale of Chelsea picking out just ten plants which really get you excited is a tough job. Every year there are clear plants of the moment, which this time happened to be Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’, Enkianthus (a bit of a surprise), peonies (especially blousy white varieties) and Aquilegia in every […]

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Spot the Bunny

Easter’s almost here! How will you be spending the Easter holidays?

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Bulbs to light up the summer

Given the shocking weather (I promise not to mention the weather again …. for a few days at least!), and that we’ll be on our travels after Easter, I’ve decided not to sow any seeds until the end of April. This is very late, but I can’t go another spring with the dining room looking […]

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Party Flowers

Apart from the anticipation of seeing all my wonderful friends, one of the highlights of preparing for my 4oth birthday party was arranging the flowers.  It’s a difficult time of year to know what to do in the floral department.  There’s the risk of making arrangements look too Christmassy, but at the same time I […]

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The Very Best of 2012 – A Year In Pictures

Where has 2012 gone? Despite so many memorable occasions – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, our trip to beautiful Burma, the birth of this blog (!?) – the year has flown by and is almost at an end.  Reflecting on 2012 provides a precious reminder of how lucky we are to have our health […]

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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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Shades of Summer

We have been away from our seaside garden for two full weeks.   This always makes me uneasy, especially when the weather is warm and everything is growing so fast.  It’s also heartbreaking to miss some of the wonderful things that are flowering at this time of year.  Still, needs must and we have a […]

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Summer scents

July is the month when our seaside garden is at its most fragrant. In a normal year we’ll spend many happy evenings outside, enjoying the scent of the regal lilies (Lilium regale) and star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). They always smell more potent and heady after dark, their white flowers glowing in the twilight. Less romantically, […]

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