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    New Products for 2019

    I’ve just been to the annual Garden Press Event, where we get to see what’s new in the world of gardening and I found plenty to catch my eye. Nutscene’s Thick Chunky Twine Ball (£10.95 from is a heavy...

    4th March 2019General18 reading right nowRead More »
  • aloe vera

    Pasadena’s Huntingdon Gardens Revisited

    It’s decades since I last visited the Huntingdon Gardens and my memory of them was quite hazy, other than admiring the Japanese bridge and seeing hippeastrums growing outdoors, so it was top on my list of places to go...

    22nd February 2019Places to Visit13 reading right nowRead More »
  • clematis

    Goodbye 2018

    Posting my ‘Top Nine of 2018’ in Instagram, it was interesting to see that the most ‘liked’ images were all local – some from my own garden, but also from Perch Hill, Sarah Raven’s always inspiring garden at nearb...

    8th January 2019In The Garden11 reading right nowRead More »
  • Pimp your Mahonia

    Mahonias don’t get a particularly good press, mainly because they are too often left to grow straggly - which is not a good look. Bare stems, sparse leaves and a top knot of flowers doesn’t show this plant off to its best...

    21st December 2018Stephanie's Blog11 reading right nowRead More »
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