Garden Diary: May 2020 Part I

Where, oh where did May go? No sooner had it started than June was upon us. Now it’s midsummer, the longest day is almost here, and I am way behind with my garden diary. As I explained to our allotment neighbour at the weekend, May is a month where doing takes priority over writing about […]

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Tales from the Garden Room

  “If one is going to tell a story with plants, it may as well be an adventure story.”     I love all the rooms in my ‘new’ house: the bedrooms for their modernity, the bathroom for its extravagantly patterned floor, the library for its beautifully painted panelling and the garden room for being […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Streptocarpus saxorum 

Streptocarpus saxorum: False African violet, Cape primrose. Streptocarpus and I have an on/off love affair. I buy them from the garden centre looking fresh and full of promise; sometimes they stay that way until the fatal day when I give them a drop more water than they would like. Then, taking no account of the […]

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All the fun of the fair

The heady fragrance of hyacinths, immaculate Narcissus, incredible alpines and bustling biddies with notepads in hand, it can only be one event in the horticultural calendar – The Great London Plant Fair. Highlights in 2013 include the Alpine Garden Society competition and the early daffodil and hyacinth competitions. It may have been cold outside, but […]

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