Daily Flower Candy: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Dog’s tooth violets, toad lilies, call them what you will, starry flowered erythroniums lend a touch of the exotic to spring meadows and woodlands. Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is one of the very best hybrids, each stem carrying up to 10 nodding yellow flowers hovering above equally attractive marbled foliage. This is a vigorous bulbous plant which […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Primula veris

The common cowslip, Primula veris, is believed to have been named after the cow pats in which it was often found growing. At this time of year it carpets road embankments and damp meadows, lighting up the short grasses with its nodding flowers.

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Sensational Sissinghurst (Part 1 – Wall Flowers)

The gardens of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent must be amond the best known in England, if not the whole of Europe.  They are the creation of two people, Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson, who arrived at the property in 1930.  Over a period of 32 years they worked together on this gentle masterpiece, […]

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

One thing all this rain and cool weather has been good for is prolonging the flowering period of spring and early summer plants.  Back in March my daffodils seemed to go on for weeks, when in other years a hot spell has sent them over in a matter of days.  So it was a nice surprise […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.1 – Wasserburg Anholt, Germany

This week, work took me to the border between Holland and Germany, and the magnificent Wasserburg Anholt in Isselburg. The castle, which appears to float in its expansive moat and is approached by drawbridge, is everything fairytales are made of. Partly destroyed at the end of the Second World War, the restoration took 30 years. […]

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