For a while, there’s been a flower in my garden that I’ve been particularly fond of but knew next to nothing about. I know very little about many of the plants in our garden, but this wasn’t even one I had bought from one of the many garden centres we like to visit. This had […]

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We spent a week in Cornwall, staying in the small village of Portloe. It’s a beautiful and, by London standards, tiny village. The photo below shows the cottage we stayed in. Ours was the one with the orange window frames. From this picture you immediately get an idea of how lush the area is, those […]

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Also known as Butterfly Bush or Summer Lilac, the buddleja is a plucky shrub that I’ll see all along my train route into work, this time of year. The distinctive flowers make it very easy to spot. I think the ones by the rail side are the Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Horizon’. I bought the buddleja you see […]

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A Small Garden Pond

There are numerous reasons to have a pond in your garden. I’ve wanted one since I was a little boy, on Sunday I finally took the opportunity to dig a hole and have my own pond. For me, there were a couple of reasons why I’ve wanted a pond, principle among them is that I […]

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Herbaceous peonies flower in late spring and early summer. They produce large flowers with a sweet fragrance. Though thought of as delicate, the peony is much hardier than it’s reputation and beauty might suggest. It prefers full sun (though can handle partial shade), good drainage but isn’t to fussed about soil otherwise. This post by […]

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Clematis Jackmanii Superba

Clematis Jackmanii Superba. The RHS description is as follows: Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn. That amazing purple colour shows that the flower has the chemical pigment anthocyanins. Not too dissimilar to the better no […]

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Hello Gardeners

I grew up watching a lot of wildlife programs. Like most Brits, I consider David Attenborough to be a national treasure. I also had a fairly mundane childhood, so often, a Friday night would be spent watching Gardeners’ World at 8 p.m. on BBC 2. The funny thing about that is, now in my mid […]

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