Going to The Chapel

  When a new garden opens for the National Gardens Scheme in Thanet it’s a major event, principally because there are only three others, one of which is my own. And this year’s newcomer, situated in an isolated rural spot known as Thorne Hill, is a beauty. Created by Andrew Montgomery, The Chapel is a […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Caltha palustris ssp. polypetala

Caltha palustris ssp. polypetala:  giant marsh marigold, kingcup Forsythia, crocus, narcissus, mahonia, acacia, kerria: have you ever pondered why so many early flowering plants have predominantly yellow flowers? It’s because the colour yellow, whether it be primrose, golden, saffron or lemon, is highly effective in attracting pollinating insects, especially in the low light levels we experience […]

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Turning Point

The flowering of the magnolia marks a turning point in our London garden. It’s a fleeting moment, the petals falling just as they appear to be reaching their prime, but it’s a magical moment all the same. Through the winter months our secluded plot is plunged into perpetual shade. The soil remains cold and wet, and there is little cheer. […]

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Taking a Break

Tomorrow we depart for Burma. It feels like this holiday has been a long time coming, but it’s timed perfectly. The garden is quietly going to sleep, and by the time we return the leaves will be falling and the prospect of frost will be a real one. The clocks will also have gone back, […]

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Tintinhull, Somerset – A Formal Garden, Informally Planted

For many British garden buffs, Tintinhull needs little introduction. Nestling deep in the Somerset countryside this “small” garden (just less than 2 acres) is a tour de force of planting design. Tintinhull was created by Phyllis Reiss between 1933 and 1961 and has been in the capable hand of the National Trust since 1954. Between […]

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