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Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’ is a brilliant rose for wild bits of the garden.  It is splays out like a fountain and needs space for this.  Say 2 and a half metres tall by nearly as wide.  It is the dog rose of the hedgerow with a heavy dose of cochineal.  The winter hips add gaudy…

Lush and jungly planting at Glyndebourne

Do these plants get high on arias?  The planting in the borders at Glyndebourne is in the exuberant category.  Grounded in the  lovely bones of ha-ha  and paths and steps of brick, the shrubs and flowers seem to spring out of the beds and hurry about.  The energy is added to  by the huge view…

Rest assured at Wrest Park

Bedfordshire?  Never given it much thought beyond gritting my teeth over the drive to Luton airport.  A prejudice I don’t mind defending as many have never heard of Suffolk, where I’m from, at all. This non view got swept into a cocked hat or french drain two days back when travels along a beaded necklace…

I want some new wellies

Is the sensible wellington boot at an all time low or has it had a rebirth to dominate the fashion world?  Arthur Wellesley, 1st  Duke of Wellington, modified the hessian boot to go with new fangled trouser wearing.  This takes us back to 1817 and the wellington has stuck around ever since. Mine never seem…

A plant to drool over

Nigella damascena ‘ Miss Jekyll Alba’.   A real jewel of an annual.  Free seeding with filigree leaves and seed heads like pop eyes. Please do follow us!

Taxonomy phenomeny

Woe betide failing to keep those plant names under control.    In order to remember the name of that lovely purchase you can stick the label in along with the plant.  The most tasteful labels seem to get ripped off by the wind or weathered by rain to smudged-out blankery.  Many nurseries give out the…

Welcome to Hound’s-tongue

May shading into June is the best time for long country walks in the East of the country.  The wildflowers are dazzling and bewildering in their massed numbers.  They are waving in the breeze  across water meadows, down remote lanes and garlanding heathland leading to an inlet of the sea.  This past weekend the Borage…