Perfect Partners: Lobelia tupa & Lilium regale ‘Album’

The beauty of growing plants in pots is that they can be shuffled around endlessly until the most pleasing associations are made. I do this regularly, moving plants to the front, a little to the left or right, hiding them at the back or removing them from the picture altogether. Although occasionally tough on one’s […]

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A Potting Shed Christmas

  If you’ve not put two and two together yet, I’ll let you into a little secret: when I am not writing this blog and working in my garden, you’ll find me buying Christmas decorations, food and hampers for a well-known department store. At work they call me Mr Christmas rather than The Frustrated Gardener. […]

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Watering in the Rain

  “I need to water the garden before it rains!”: I know this sounds ridiculous (it looks even sillier) but rushing to wet the garden before storm-clouds break is surprisingly necessary if you garden, as I do, in containers. The fact is that rain is pretty ineffective when it comes to quenching generously packed pots. […]

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The Great Dixter Dozen

  It’s rare that I sacrifice commentary for imagery, but as I look back over the photographs I took at Great Dixter last weekend, I can’t help feeling they speak for themselves. And, being without my laptop, I’m also going to publish them as they were taken, with minimal enhancement and just a brief description. […]

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Planting Containers for Winter Colour

January can be a bleak month for us gardeners, our outdoor spaces painfully devoid of colour and working conditions far from ideal. The less hardened among us find solace pottering in the greenhouse, browsing through seed catalogues or hunting out the pointed tips of emerging spring bulbs. However with a little planning it’s possible to enjoy […]

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Daily Flower Candy – Spring Greens

I have been out working in our London garden this evening. With a gentle rain falling the air is filled with the scent of fern and box, both wonderful, unmistakable fragrances. Glowing in the fading light are two equally unmistakable tulips, T. ‘Spring Green’ and its red-streaked sport, T. ‘Flaming Spring Green’. Both are classified as Viridiflora […]

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Daily Flower Candy – Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’

Today I am beating the Monday blues with a little bit of sorcery, in the form of Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’. Better known as grape hyacinths, muscari are absolute gems when it comes to filling pots or small gaps at the front of a border. M. ‘Blue Magic’ is a sturdy and non-invasive hybrid, unlike the dastardly species, Muscari […]

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In The Garden This Week

Our coastal garden is starting to look really exciting now, with lots of lush growth being encouraged by the warm sunshine.  It’s still very leafy for the time of year, with some flowers a number of weeks behind.   Our Agapanthus africanus are normally on the brink of blooming by now, but the snake-like heads are […]

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