The Rhythm of the Jungle

  There were points during February and March when I thought my garden might never regain its former glory. The Beast from the East had ravaged every plant with any sensitivity to cold, wet or wind. In the ten years since my garden was built I had not experienced such degrees of damage or destruction. […]

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Anticipation

For the lucky few – journalists, celebrities and royalty – the Chelsea Flower Show starts today. The rest of must wait until 8am tomorrow when the show opens to members of the Royal Horticultural Society. With the temperature due to remain in the high twenties, HRH The Queen will need her sunscreen when she gives the show her seal of […]

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Daily Flower Candy – Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

As the lowest low-pressure system in 150 years approaches the UK across the Atlantic, there’s precious little chance of enjoying any natural sunshine. A shrub guaranteed to brighten up the dullest, wettest winter is Mahonia x media ‘Charity’. It’s a garden stalwart, tolerating pollution and repelling intruders with its sharply pointed leaves.  On a warm winter’s day […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Iris foetidissima var. citrina

Iris foetidissima is one of only two irises which are native to the UK.   A hardy perennial, it’s better known by a variety of common names based on the unpleasant smell of the bruised leaves – ‘Stinking Gladwyn’ is one of my favourites.  But fear not, there are no nasty niffs under normal circumstances.  Until […]

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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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Flowering Now: Stachyurus praecox

The flowers of Stachyurus praecox are like rows of seed pearls dangling from a expensive earring. A deciduous shrub, Stachyurus hails from the mountains of the Eastern Himalaya and Japan, but is perfectly at home in the UK. I first came across this shapely shrub in the gardens of Caerhays Castle, Cornwall, standing out amongst […]

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