Autumn: A Time For Change

Storms Ali and Bronagh, with their gale force winds and rain, have brought our hopes of a long Indian Summer to an abrupt end and there are even rumours of the first frosts in the coming days. And so thoughts turn to clearing the garden, to putting as many tender plants as possible undercover and…

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RHS Wisley: Part II

This, my second blog post following our visit to RHS Wisley on Saturday 15 September is a snapshot of our walk around the rest of the gardens in 12 photos. I do have a fondness for grasses and this Miscanthus sinensis (I forgot to check out the cultivar) in the Mixed Borders with its feathery…

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RHS Wisley: Part I – The Exotic Garden

Saturday 15th September saw our return to the Exotic Garden at RHS Wisley a year after our first visit. It is certainly looking a lot more established, with towering Musa and Canna providing height and structure to the garden. Imposing Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ add colour and contrast to the planting along with Cyperus involucratus standing…

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Cliveden

Set in the Berkshire countryside, with fantastic views overlooking the River Thames and beyond, the Cliveden Estate extends to 376 acres and includes Grade I listed formal gardens as well as woodlands and of course the Cliveden House Hotel and Spa. Notable features include the Fountain of Love , the Long Garden, the Parterre, the…

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Six on Saturday – 04/08/2018

This weeks Six on Saturday highlights what’s new in the garden as well as some of my favourites. 1 – Cyphomandra corymbiflora The hardy tamarillo (I’m yet to test this) belongs to the Solanaceae family and can apparently withstand temperatures as low as -10°C. The flowers are just starting to open and should be followed…

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Six on Saturday – 14/07/2018

Still having issues with the WordPress app on my phone, so now trying to access it via Chrome. My six on Saturday are as follows: 1. Canna x ehemanii This has to be the favourite out of all my Cannas and it miraculously survived outdoors all winter with no protection. The first of what will…

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Six on Saturday – 07/07/2018

1. Canna warscewiczii I’ve grown these from my own saved seed with very good germination rates. They quickly clump up and flower in their first year from early an sowing (these were sown five months ago in February). Unlike other Canna, I have still not managed to overwinter C. warscewiczii successfully, but no matter when they…

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