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that came so naturally to him. I can't bear forced or calculated attempts at wit, but his spontaneous humour always bought a smile to my face - and to the faces of millions of listeners.His forcefully expressed dislike of certain plants - mostly veg
as not to increase petrol consumption, and the less mud the better I suppose, if you love your car.Seriously though, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and driving around with a load of flowers on your roof probably wouldn't cut it. Planting trees
throughout the country: not all big public gardens but mostly private gardens varying from rambling rectories to little, plant-stuffed back yards in towns and cities.The launch allowed the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) to flag up some cracking gardens
jolly day with some great plants (all of them clearly labelled), then you can't go wrong with Wisley.I was there a week or so ago to watch things grow: the whole garden thrums with the promise of approaching spring. There are, of course, the obvious
I'm not one for manicured lawns. I think lawn weeds are pretty. I'd really like clumps of bird's foot trefoil, dandelions, daisies, creeping buttercup and self-heal growing among the grass in my garden. In fact, I've just planted some clover
After such a long and hard winter I’m more eager than ever to see the first apple blossom open. Development seems slower this year, but it's amazing how a few days of warm weather brings everything on. By the end of April I’m hoping to be enjoying blossom like that shown in the p...
Adam Pasco, the handsome and multi-talented editor of Gardeners' World magazine, wrote a blog the other day about blossom. I thought it might be a mildly entertaining diversion to write about the moment just before blooming, the point at which most of our trees find themselves ri...
, to prevent them spreading. There was one I nearly removed from an elegant planting hole in the paved area where we often eat in the summer, but even that has been given a second chance. I watched the look of disbelieving horror on the face of a photographer
, full of awe-inspiring floral displays and show gardens (and some pretty dodgy ones, too - plasticine?).I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the Bradstone Biodiversity Garden, the Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden, The HESCO Garden
expect there will be a wide range of questions - hopefully plenty about those things I adore like sap-suckers, leaf-cutters, and mildewed spots…So, remember: if you're coming to the NEC you need to bring your grotty plant samples with you!