Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair 2017

  Every visit to Great Dixter is a treat, but when the additional carrot of a plant fair is dangled in front of my face, that treat becomes an irresistible temptation. And so it was, having hauled myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to complete my domestic duties, I set off towards […]

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Planting a Narrow Border for Spring Colour

Memories of summer may still linger, but it’s time for us gardeners to be looking forward to next year. There are bulbs to plant, perennials to divide and seed catalogues to browse. It’s like spring, only browner. For me it’s always a race to get my spring-flowering bulbs into the ground before I head off […]

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Easter Excess

Unlike our London garden, which is having an unscheduled green moment, our coastal garden is a riot of colour this Easter. For the first time this year I feel that everything is coming good, the investment in all that arduous autumn bulb planting finally paying dividends. A mild winter and even milder start to spring has ensured that plants normally battered and […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Pansy ‘Matrix Cassis’

The candy jar has been rather empty of late, so I am topping it up today with pansy ‘Matrix Cassis’, planted in a pot at the edge of our pond in London.  This is a new hybrid series which has been bred for bushiness as well as flowers – the plants are meant to stay […]

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Bagging a Bargain

It’s the time of year when garden centres abandon horticulture for the glittering commercial opportunity that Christmas offers. For gardeners that are prepared to hold their nerve and ignore conventional planting times, there are often some brilliant bargains to be had. Last weekend I popped into our local nursery for some bulb fibre, only to […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Tulipa batalinii ‘Bronze Charm’

Diminutive Tulipa batalinii is native to Central Asia, where it grows on stony hillsides. Tulipa batalinii ‘Bronze Charm’ is one of many pretty named varieties, the flowers the colour of a dawn sky, delicately flushed with bronze. It is one of the best small tulips for growing in rock gardens or shallow pans. I was […]

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One Small Step …..

…. not for mankind, but for The Frustrated Gardener. Having promised myself and Him Indoors that I would finally start work on our London garden, I have begun. Deciding exactly where to begin has been the biggest challenge; finding time to do it has come pretty close. Spending an hour or so each evening probably […]

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The Valley of the Black Cranes – Gangtey and the Phobjikha valley

I once read that your preference for different kinds of landscape stems from a deep seated evolutionary instinct related to the race you’ve descended from. Whether or not there is any truth in this I don’t know, but something in me finds forest both deeply peaceful and slightly unsettling at the same time. Many religions […]

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Happy Hostas, Rambling Roses

We are lucky enough to have a small garden at our London home, as well as by the seaside in Kent. On rare weekends when we stay put in the capital, the garden gets some much needed attention. The plot is shady, with woefully heavy, wet soil and poor drainage. This is in marked contrast […]

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