Winter care of dahlias

You've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, fellow gardener, do you feel lucky about the weather this winter? The reason that we English are so notorious for talking about the weather is that it's unpredictable. Maybe, here in the South East of England, I'll have a mild winter. The odd night... Continue Reading →

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Wisley’s exotic garden in September 2018

I live about 45 minutes away from the RHS garden at Wisley. This means it's reasonable easy to visit, but not so close I just pop in weekly. Back in February, I wrote about a visit. In most gardens, February is a time of the year to admire structure rather than plants, and I found... Continue Reading →

Seeds step 1: the ordering

The nature of gardening is that we live in both the present and the future. In the present are the things we really ought to be doing now... ... among which is "enjoy how nice the garden looks from inside" because the sun's come out doesn't actually make it warm. But we also look to... Continue Reading →

The exotic garden in August

If you have school-age children, then August is one of the few times of the year when you can have a "hot" holiday (unless you have the money to fly long-haul at Christmas... I suppose.) As a result of having the children, the desire for a hot holiday, but not the money for the Barbadian... Continue Reading →

After the storm – stake or snip?

At the end of July, I was overtaken by events. I'd just finished the final photoshoot for "the exotic garden in July" post, when the weather changed. The rain was welcome. The thunder was exciting. The wind, however, was destructive. Some things were sufficiently urgent that I didn't take the time to photograph them. When... Continue Reading →

The exotic garden in July

Apart from the final days of July, the drought continued. But with so much greenery, the soil was in shade, so while a weekly water was needed, only the pots needed anything much more frequently. Dahlias - jumping the gun, surely? Supposedly, the dahlia season is in September. Indeed, if you look at the big... Continue Reading →

Nymans in the hottest summer since 1976

Nymans is our nearest National Trust property. We can, on a good day, get there in under 15 minutes. Like pretty much all National Trust gardens, the emphasis is on preserving the "spirit" of the garden (at a particular point in the garden's history.) Fortunately, this doesn't mean that the garden is slavishly pinned to... Continue Reading →

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