Daily Flower Candy: Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’

  My sweetie jar has been a little empty of late, so I think it’s high time I resumed my occasional Daily Flower Candy series, highlighting some of my favourite garden-worthy plants. Today’s sweet treat is Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’, a shrub that had passed me by until I stumbled over it three times in the space […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Olearia phloggopappa ‘Combers Pink’

Nestled deep in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, was the location for one of our Christmas photo shoots. It may sound strange, but I live and breath Christmas all year round; it’s my job. Somehow I’ve become immune to the absurdity of untangling fairy lights in warm spring sunshine and to trimming trees in sweltering heat. […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Geranium maderense

The last plant I expected to be blooming over the New Year was Geranium maderense, the Maderia Cranesbill.  Clearly confused, a few shocking-pink flowers are braving the elements, sheltered below an umbrella of huge glossy leaves.  The foliage is faring less well.  Nestled in a gap by the front steps the leaves are in the […]

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The Rise and Fall of Phormiums

Walking home from work today, I passed a miserable looking clump of variegated phormiums in front of a drab public building. They were ill placed, unkempt and sorry for themselves, with dead leaves at their bases and spent flower spikes as stiff as javelins above. Regrettably seems to be the lot of these colourful Antipodean […]

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