tulips

The Late Late April Show

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Spring is arriving in slow motion at The Watch House. I’ve been watching a single bud of Narcissus ‘Golden Ducat’ striving to open for […]

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Last Hurrah

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  Slowly but surely the petals are falling from my tulips, one by one, leaving skinny seed pods where yesterday hovered fat balloons of […]

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My Perfect Ten Tulips

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  In spite of late planting and a cold April, it has been an exceptional year for tulips at The Watch House. They have […]

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Drama Queens II: Tulip ‘Orange Dynasty’

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  Choosing tulips from a catalogue is rather like deciding which confections to buy from a sweet shop. Each variety has something to tempt […]

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Drama Queens I: Tulipa ‘Slawa’

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  Ladies and gentlemen, for my 800th post, may I present you with the first of two floral drama queens; a bold, brassy diva […]

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A week is a long time in gardening

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  It was British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who first said ‘a week is a long time in politics’. Almost sixty years later, his […]

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Great Dixter: Pots of Plenty

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  The recent chilly weather has had its pros and cons. The downside for eager gardeners who have been nurturing seedlings and planting out […]

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The Great Dixter Dozen

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  It’s rare that I sacrifice commentary for imagery, but as I look back over the photographs I took at Great Dixter last weekend, […]

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Spring at The Salutation

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  If I were to win the lottery, The Salutation is the house I’d want to live in. I’d spend every spring and summer […]

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Waste not, want not

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  I don’t have many dislikes. Of those I do, chief among them is waste. Rather ambitiously, one might say naively, I spent £300 […]

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An Olympian Task

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  As my plane to New York taxied down the runway this morning, I received a message alerting me to a missed call from […]

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