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. But I love pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup or even just mashed pumpkin with bacon.We grow three varieties. The first is a big orange number called ‘Vif d’Etampes’. It keeps well into the winter, but once cut we have to eat it for at least a week. The second
taste delicious and are much loved by Jekka's dog, and her extensive collection of myrtles. It is always fascinating to visit a proper growing nursery where you can see the plants at every stage, from little baby seedlings to the larger plants
at RHS Garden Rosemoor, growing on the edge of a pond. It is well worth a trip to these lovely gardens in Devon to see it (and at this time of year there is the bonus of watching the apple harvest there.)I first saw Gunnera manicata when I was a small boy
Ladies and gentlemen, let us pause from our busy lives for a few minutes in order to consider the eryngium. Those of you an eye for a bargain will already be subscribers to Gardeners' World Magazine, and a few of you will have noticed my writing about eryngiums in the ‘We love’ p...
are suitable for growing as hedges and boundaries:Pseudosasa japonica - commonly known as arrow bamboo because of its very straight culms. Lots of large glossy leaves. Between 2m and 4m high. Very invasive.Phyllostachys aureo-suculata - strange kinks
is the Latin and they have the most divine scent. The secret is to grow the long-stemmed Spencer varieties and to keep on picking them: pretty much every day. If you stop and let them start seeding then they will flower much less vigorously.But, I don't want
by this plant: on the surface it is an excellent idea - fast growing, popular with bees, long flowering (it will happily perform for months) and reliably tough in all situations. However, it is also as untameable as a coach load of Visigoths on the razzle
Looking at the bulb catalogue that is sitting on my desk as I write, I see that there are no fewer than one hundred and sixty one varieties of allium.These vary from the tall to the short, the deep purple to pale pink. Some have heads the size of muffled hens while others are as ...
Good morning and happy 'Grow Your Own' Week to you all.There are, I have to admit, many other gardeners who are hotter on vegetable growing than me. Give me herbaceous borders and I can muddle through and make them look pretty good, but when
…the sweet gum tree alias... Liquidambar styraciflua (gasps and prolonged applause).If left to its own devices it will grow to about 25m which, I hear you cry, is far too big for the average garden. True, but it is also a tree that will respond well