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Thoughts from a Foreign Field

  • Thoughts from a Foreign Field

    Veg vs Flowers

    I have been thinking about the pros and cons of vegetable gardening versus flower gardening. Some people are of the opinion that flowers are a waste of good productive space.…

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    The secret of successful gardening

    What is the point of gardening? 

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    Rhododendrons and Fashion

    Last week was the 103rd Chelsea Flower Show - it was, of course, sublime in particular an amazing garden designed by Dan Pearson and based on the rockery at Chatsworth House in…

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    Things are Looking Rosey

    There was a period in my life as a garden designer of which I am deeply ashamed. For a couple of years I refused to plant roses in any gardens that…

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    Pest Control – Elizabethan Style

    Going back to the days before chemicals the vengeful gardener had to come up with even more creative solutions. 

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    The Noble Tulip

    It is time to order bulbs for next spring. In fact it has been that time for a while and I have rather failed to get round to it until…

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    Games in the garden

    As is the case the world over gardens mean different things to different people. Some people see gardens as a place to grow any number of different flowers, others to…

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    Allium: An Onion by Any Other Name

    At this time of year my garden is bouncing with Alliums however, it should never be forgotten that no matter how captivating, how elegant, how perfectly globular the flowers may…

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    Popping Out All Over

    There is something rather wonderful about an oriental poppy

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    Fly like an eagle..

    The Aquilegia - delicate, prolific and indispensable.