Longstock Park Water Garden, Hampshire

The River Test in Hampshire is one of the world’s finest chalk streams, renowned for the quality of its dry fly fishing. I am no angler, but it doesn’t take an expert to see that the water is as fresh and clear as anything that ever came out of a tap – probably cleaner too. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ AGM

With flowers like bottle brushes, Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ makes a fine herbaceous perennial, flowering over a long period. Persicaria does not like dry soil, so is best planted in a bog garden or beside a pond. Bees and other insects love visiting the flowers, so it’s great for wildlife gardens. Pictured here at Longstock Park […]

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