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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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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