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Loudon.Some books are great favourites which I consult almost every day and without which I would feel bereft. Not just invaluable reference books like the RHS Encyclopaedias and the more opinionated Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers, but others which I
is so extremely laid back and relaxed.In this garden there isn't much really urgent work that needs to be done. Many plants have done their bit and are just hanging around waiting for the winter; those that are still flowering do so with an admirable air
, where three varieties grow on a single tree. Flowering at the same time they'll pollinate each another, hopefully ensuring a good crop. Only two apples on my young tree this year, but I'll enjoy every mouthful!
and cherry laurel, but against one hoarding is a mass of ivy and it’s still in flower.Ivy is a very important late nectar source for all sorts. The bush is ablaze and abuzz with insects. Twenty or more red admirals and small tortoiseshells vie with countless
. Many people will have received digital cameras from Santa and will soon discover how unbelievably useful they can be. See a plant you like in a friend's garden? Click. See a spectacular border? Click. Notice a great combination at a flower show? Click
: still flowering.(PS It's beginning to thaw — it may well be that, by the time you read this, it will all be a slushy memory).
, and of taking a brisk walk through the Yorkshire countryside, a part of the world he loved.Viewers will recall the many years Geoffrey was a presenter on Gardeners' World, as well as his unique TV series Mr Smith's World of Flowers. Despite hating staying away
flowers and wildlife gardening with Kevin Smith from the magazine team, I'll also be joining other experts on stage. Alys Fowler will be making her show debut and helping Kevin and I share practical and money-saving recycling ideas. With a little
I spent all last week at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where a good time was had by all. I was particularly busy this year, as I had three distinct jobs: filming for the BBC (swanning around, blethering about Henry VIII), compering
at Wisley handles hundreds of thousands of questions every year. This summer I hosted various Gardeners' Question Time sessions at both the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and was staggered by the sheer volume of knowledge that the representatives