The Late Late April Show

Spring is arriving in slow motion at The Watch House. I’ve been watching a single bud of Narcissus ‘Golden Ducat’ striving to open for ten days, willing it to reveal the acid-yellow petals tightly furled within. My clematis have been held in suspended animation since early February, their tender shoots primed and raring to go. […]

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Signs of Spring

  I’ve been out of town this weekend, enjoying the delights of Surrey’s innumerable hostelries in the company of my university friends. It’s the 19th year on the trot we’ve held a spring reunion. The occasion took place on Good Friday until we grew up and family commitments started to take precedence. Now we are […]

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My Own Private Keukenhof

Tulips are a special passion of mine. They are inexpensive, easy to grow, endlessly colourful and, most importantly, good to look at. I am not the first to be enamoured of the tulip’s elegant, silken blooms and I certainly won’t be the last. Their appeal was first recognised by the Turks in about 1,000 AD […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Narcissus ‘Toto’ AGM

When I set out to post daily on the subject of daffodils, little did I know how distracting this week’s almost perfect gardening weather would be. The opportunity to spend two unbroken days outside rarely comes along and I have gardened from dawn to dusk. In the course of the last 48 hours, planting bulbs and rejuvenating […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Narcissus ‘Soleil d’Or’

I am used to grim weather on my birthday, but today’s meteorological maelstrom has been especially miserable. Yet out in the Atlantic on the Isles of Scilly delicate, highly-scented narcissi have been blooming since November. They begin with the multi-headed Tazettas, including these cheerful Narcissus ‘Soleil d’Or’ which I sent to my sister on the […]

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Uncouth Cats and Kamikaze Kisses

On Saturday we a had a visitation from the Assistant County Organiser for the Kent National Gardens Scheme. So naturally, what could go wrong promptly went wrong. Eager to impress I was up at the crack of dawn to prepare for our inspection. The weather was a dream – sunny and breezy with the morning […]

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Saltwood Castle, Hythe, Kent

The far south east corner of Kent is frequently overlooked, regarded by many as nothing more than the down-at-heel gateway to the delights of France and continental Europe. Yet behind the white cliffs of Dover lies rolling countryside dotted with sturdy Saxon churches, pretty weather-boarded villages and the romantically crumbling former defences of the realm. […]

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All the fun of the fair

The heady fragrance of hyacinths, immaculate Narcissus, incredible alpines and bustling biddies with notepads in hand, it can only be one event in the horticultural calendar – The Great London Plant Fair. Highlights in 2013 include the Alpine Garden Society competition and the early daffodil and hyacinth competitions. It may have been cold outside, but […]

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Goodnestone Park in Spring

Those of you who have been following The Frustrated Gardener for a while will recall that I wrote about Goodnestone Park shortly after starting out on my blogging adventure.  Down here in East Kent there’s a shortage of good gardens to visit, so when we feel the need to get out, it’s often here that […]

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Flowering Now: Narcicuss pseudonarcissus

The Latin name for daffodil is thought to have been inspired by Narcissus, a figure in Greek mythology said to have fallen in love with his reflection in a pool of water. The nodding flower head of the daffodil is said to represent Narcissus bending down and gazing at his own image.

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