Sunshine and Showers at Saltwood

I have met some Americans who believe all us Brits live in quaint thatched cottages and are intimately acquainted with The Queen. We might also happen to know a distant relative they might have in Kettering, Peterborough or Cumbernauld. It’s a small country after all. As a proud Englishman I am more than happy to […]

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Saltwood Castle NSPCC Plant Fair 2015

Driving south to the pretty village of Saltwood for the annual NSPCC plant fair has become something of a tradition in our household. Even Him Indoors looks forward to going, or at least pretends to. We have both been poorly this week – Him Indoors with a cold and me with tonsilitis – but after a recuperative lie-in we […]

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Kentish Belles

Over the next couple of weekends, two of Kent’s most beautiful and enigmatic gardens will be opening their gates to the curious public. Both reveal their secrets on just one day each year, so are a must if you are in the county and love to visit special places. Kurume azaleas at Sandling Park The first of our Kentish Belles is […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Clematis armandii

Fragrant, white-flowered Clematis armandii is one plant I am really missing from my garden this spring. Not because it’s died, but because it’s decided our neighbour’s garden is much more fun. A vigorous evergreen climber, Clematis armandii likes to wander. It’s already made it to London from China; who knows where it might go next? […]

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