Category: Garden

Garden Notes for Next Year

Don’t overcrowd plants Grow strong-coloured tulips only: red, coral, purple. They provide a much needed pop of colour after a long winter. Pale pink just won’t do. Grown more of muscari and daffodils. They’re wonderful and last forever. Find of the year:¬†Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’. Stunning! Bees loved: clarkia, lavender, foxglove, mondarda, salvia viridis, alliums and

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Peace Rose

Garden Highlights

Gardening is so rewarding…. Rose ‘Remember Me’ purchased last year from Burston Garden Centre Peace Rose bought this year for under ¬£3 from Aldi – what a bargain! Paul Smith rose from Peter Beales Roses One of three Eden Roses from Peter Beales Pink Perpetue – flowers don’t last very long but there are plenty

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The last few of this year’s tulips from the garden

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Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, Sonoma

Last October, I had the pleasure of visiting the Kendall-Jackson wine estate and gardens in Fulton, Sonoma. Their oaked chardonnays are really good but you cannot easily find them here in the UK. The estate is located just off Highway 101 but feels more like the French countryside. The path from the car park to

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Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society

What better place to find the perfect roses for our new garden than the Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society near St Albans, Hertfordshire? This year, the gardens are celebrating their 50th anniversary and entrance tickets (£6 per person) are valid until the 28th of July 2013. The gardens feature over

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Flower therapy

I have pretty much given up hope that any of the flowers I sowed this year will ever bloom. It has been so cold and wet for so long, the seedlings haven’t grown at all in two months, it seems. When I went to the Saturday market last week, I had an urge to buy

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