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June 2013

Chaenomeles, camassia, fair maids of France and Spode blue - more »


April 2013

Small rhododendrons, hostas and spring bulbs - more »


January/February 2013

Weedy arum, early camellia, nandina and grevillea - more »


October / November 2012

Plant on a mound, preparing tender plants and tropaeolums - more »


July 2012

Alstroemeria, iron pyramids, thalictrum and rodgersia - more »


May 2012

New pot plants, sea holly and pruning mature rhododendrons - more »


Jan/Feb 2012

Choosing vegetable seeds, forcing rhubarb, Autumn Bliss and early clematis - more »


December 2011

Christmas rose, rhododendron, celastrus and tropaeolum - more »


October/November 2011

Dusky hydrangeas, disappointing dahlias, indigofera and ferns - more »


July 2011

Ginger lilies in pots, using garden obelisks and blue-flowered amsonia - more »


May 2011

Splitting erythroniums, ghost fern and planting a drift of agapanthus - more »


Jan/Feb 2011

Bark colour in winter, cutting back grasses and getting equipment ready! - more »


January/February 2009

Old swimming pool, paper bush and self-sown corydalis - more »

September 2008

September 2008

Late season flowers, scattering seeds and rampant climbers - more »

July 2008

July 2008

Purple thalictrum, interplanting heathers and over-planted photinia - more »


September 1999

Staking, welsh poppies, pineapple flower - more »


May 2003

One of my favourite times of the year - more »


October 2000

Cannas, hydrangeas, camellias - more »

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

A few years ago I was given a mixed bag of tulip bulbs by the head gardener at Pashley Manor in Sussex - more »


Ornamental Gardening

What an exciting time when seeds are ready for sprouting and new green plants prove that Spring, at last, is not far away. A visit to your local garden centre will lift your spirits, despite the cold weather. There you can expect to see a colourful display of ready-germinated seedlings such as petunia, busy lizzy, geranium and begonia. Buying seedlings at this stage saves a lot of heartache to those people who can’t easily find the right sort of conditions for seed germination and takes away the - more »

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