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Aster 'Lady in Black' and A. 'Monte Cassino').Most importantly time flies in gardens and soon it will be spring (or is that pushing the optimism just a bit too far?).
and it is one of my great pleasures. The dark green leaves go perfectly with the aged brick, in the spring it is covered with frothy white flowers and come the autumn the branches are laden with red berries. When the hard frosts come we then have a wonderful
it was wearing a turtleneck sweater and holding a pistol in the E.H. Shepard illustrations for The Wind in the Willows. Stoats, according to Ratty "are not to be trusted".This week is the first big event of the garden show calendar: the Malvern Spring Gardening
the colour of cherry stains. As they fade and dry out they turn, so the seedheads are facing upwards. Even when they have disintegrated they still retain a certain elegance way into autumn.Don't forget that this week is the Malvern Spring Show. The first
Absence will always make the heart grow fonder: especially in gardens. I have just got back after a few days at the Malvern Spring Show — which was, as always, great fun, pretty fabulous and completely exhausting — and it is amazing how much fuller
in other parts of the garden. I planted the very luscious Dahlia 'Hillcrest Royal' to make up for the absentee monarda, it's a bit pinker but equally effective.The thalictrum has gone a bit floppy as my early spring staking was a bit shoddy in places
. Their fundraising target for 2010 is £3m.You don't have to wait for the summer to start visiting gardens. At this time of year there are marvellous snowdrop and early-spring flower collections to visit. This coming weekend you could visit gardens from Wiltshire
then they will be ready for potting on again next spring.
plants, but Euonymus alatus was probably the first. Hailing from China and Japan, it is slow-growing, and deciduous. The greenish-white flowers appear in spring and, for much of the year, it is a green, innocuous-looking shrub.However, in autumn
.I did a big shrub planting for a client in the spring and for various reasons there was a hiatus between planting and erecting a fence. I have just walked round to see what had been nibbled and can report that there are three distinct groups. Firstly