Satisfaction

I am, quite simply, chuffed to bits with our London garden right now. At times the transformation of our boggy, heavily shaded ‘lawn’ into a woodland garden, complete with winding gravel path, almost defeated us. There was sweat, there was toil and there were tamtrums. Removing sack after sack of clay subsoil laced with lumps […]

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Getting There

I have been very quiet about our London garden of late and deliberately so, for progress on the new woodland garden has been painfully slow. With a much needed holiday looming, the pressure is really on to get it completed. The army of new and old plants will wait no longer to get into their […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’

Gunnera manicata, the giant rhubarb, has very few rivals for the sheer size of its leaves, but among them would be Tetrapanax papyrifer. Used in Asian countries for making paper, it’s more commonly employed in the UK as a dramatic focal point for tropical plantings. Tetrapanax papyrifer dislikes growing in a pot and prefers a […]

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Good Earth

‘No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth … and no culture comparable to that of the garden … But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) In my first year at Reading University, all the Landscape Management students were required to […]

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One Small Step …..

…. not for mankind, but for The Frustrated Gardener. Having promised myself and Him Indoors that I would finally start work on our London garden, I have begun. Deciding exactly where to begin has been the biggest challenge; finding time to do it has come pretty close. Spending an hour or so each evening probably […]

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A Tale of Two Trees

Our only major loss in the six years we’ve been gardening by the coast was a particularly tragic one. ¬†The original planting focussed on a beautiful standard specimen of Arbutus glandulosa (Mexican Strawberry Tree), known thereafter to us simply as the “Orange drainpipe tree”. ¬†Arbutus glandulosa is a very classy tree, valued primarily for its […]

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