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Final preparations for Chelsea

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
17 May 2012 at 11:34
As I write this, it is Monday, the 13th day of the build of my 2012 Chelsea garden. Has it been going well? No, it hasn’t. Continue reading...
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Self-seeding plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
11 May 2012 at 15:10
One of my favourite things about gardening is the element of surprise. You can design and plan a garden to the finest detail, but you have no control over what will land in your plot. Continue reading...
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Domes of holly

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
10 May 2012 at 10:27
It would have been much easier to find yew or box, but I wanted to stick to this little-leafed holly as, with box blight ravaging our formal gardens, it represents our gardening future. Continue reading...
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Apple blossom

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
08 May 2012 at 16:04
I have been much entertained recently by apple blossom. It seems to be one of the few cheerful things among this world of grey mizzle and universal dreariness [...] Continue reading...
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Informal planting

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
18 April 2012 at 14:58
The RHS often asks for planting plans from designers of the show gardens at Chelsea, but I don’t know of any designer who actually produces one. Continue reading...
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Turkscap lilies

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
11 April 2012 at 16:38
The ritual of picking off red lily beetles [...] has begun, and I will soon be discovering flower stems snapped by footballs and dogs. Continue reading...
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Growing woodland anemones

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
09 April 2012 at 09:01
Anemone nemorosa, one of my favourite plants, is an early spring-flowering perennial that gets all of its business [...] out of the way before the trees come into leaf... Continue reading...
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Flowering in time for Chelsea

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
05 April 2012 at 09:50
At the nursery, Hortus Loci in Hampshire, the staff will be spending the next few weeks moving plants [...] to try to speed up and slow down flowering. Continue reading...
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Chaos and serendipity

By Andy Sturgeon in Plants
28 March 2012 at 14:40
I’ve always tried to make my Chelsea gardens as realistic as possible [...] This year, as ever, the pursuit of reality is presenting me with something of a quandary. Continue reading...
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Primroses

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
26 March 2012 at 11:50
The primroses are flowering. Not the generally ghastly multi-coloured garden centre apologies for primroses, but the real things. Continue reading...
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