Beguiled by Begonias

I expect it’s desperately unfashionable to say so, but I do love a nice Begonia. They are easy on the eye, diverse and sometimes dramatic, but normally easy to grow, appreciating a little bit of shade. So I was instantly drawn to Dibleys’ magnificent display of Begonias and Coleus at last week’s Hampton Court Flower […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Top Picks

So, it finally stopped raining and I was able to spend a few enjoyable hours in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, soaking up the sights, the smells and the mud underfoot.  Hampton Court flower show is our second biggest show after Chelsea, but Chelsea it is not.  Although it’s a more spacious event, the […]

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Beautiful Stranger – Beschorneria yuccoides

This weird and wonderful creature is Beschorneria yuccoides, a rare but hardy yucca-like plant, flowering in our seaside garden last year. Its bluish-green leaves and 8ft long flower stalk, covered in bright green and red flowers, made it quite a talking point – even if it did take up half the garden for half the […]

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Abutilon “Nabob”

I have an addiction – well, maybe more than one actually – but the one I’ll admit to is to buying plants. I seem physically unable to visit a garden centre, pass a plant stall, or leave an open garden without at least one precious growing thing. I am always utterly convinced that a space […]

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Out with the old, in with the new

It always feels slightly wrong to be uprooting spring bedding, just when it appears to be reaching its zenith.  However, it’s a bad idea to get too sentimental, as within a couple of weeks one can guarantee it will burn itself out and collapse.  This is exactly what has happened with my spring Violas.  The best I […]

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Daring Combinations

I am already ruing my decision to plant out a number of young plants this week without hardening them off properly.  So often in the garden, jobs are done when the time is available to do them, rather than the when the text book (or common sense) says one should.  Not having a greenhouse or […]

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