Daily Flower Candy: Lilium speciosum ‘Rubrum’

This graceful lily, Lilium speciosum ‘Rubrum’ is one of the last lilies to flower each summer. It blooms profusely, its bold burgundy-red speckled petals curling back on themselves as the buds open. Like other lily species, the flowers’ fragrance is unmistakable and intoxicating. L. speciosum ‘Rubrum’ dislikes our chalky soil, so it’s essential to grow […]

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Summer’s Fiery Finale

Coming out of the tube station after work tonight it was already getting dark. It was just 7.30pm, a sure sign that summer is over and autumn is upon us. I live for summer, so struggle to come to terms with the shortening days and the prospect of winter. But it’s far from over in […]

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Hydrangea macrophylla “Merveille Sanguine”

Hydrangeas are something of a staple plant in Cornish gardens, where the moist but mild climate suits them perfectly. My grandmother grew them to perfection, watering them regularly with used washing-up water (complete with stray teaspoons), encouraging them to produce flowers of the clearest, brightest cornflower blue. Used inappropriately hydrangeas can be coarse, clashy and […]

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The Wild, Wild West

Our flying visit to Devon and Cornwall has so far been defined by moisture in all its many and varied forms – fog, mist, drizzle and plain old torrential rain – all destined to get you thoroughly wet. This is not so brilliant for garden visiting, or doing anything else for that matter, but is […]

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