Snowdrops For The Garden

Heralding the start of the new year, and appearing midway through winter, nothing could be more welcome than a snowdrop peaking up through the mulch.   From the breathtaking spreads of naturalised bulbs in public gardens like Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire or Cambridge’s Anglesey Abbey, to those growing wild in the West Country, it is not…

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Some thoughts on Snowdrops

Snowdrops are the joy of the January garden with their regular, cheerful appearance and delicate white nodding heads which do more than almost any other plant to raise the spirits at this otherwise bare time of year.   However, did you know that they are not just prized for their aesthetic qualities?  These little bulbs are…

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What exactly is a galantophile?

Clue: Galantophiles come into their own at this time of year.  Coming from all quarters of the globe, they may be identified by their specialist walking sticks with tiny mirrors fixed to their tip.  Willing to spend upwards of £300 for a bulb, one galantophile’s deep pockets resulted in them paying a record-breaking £725 for…

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Potatoes on the Patio

Potatoes on the Patio I was pushing the trolley round my local Waitrose this week and a handy mixed bag of Alan Titchmarsh endorsed Potatoes caught my eye.  What “AlanTitchmarsh and Waitrose Grow Your Own” have cleverly done is to offer a mixed bag with three dependable varieties to give you everything you might want…

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Heavenly Hellebores

As I look out of my office window, the sun hits the patio with its cast aluminium garden furniture glistening in the sun.  Just beyond the paving area is a huge flower bed resplendent with all sorts of varieties of hellebores which set the metal patio furniture off a treat at this time of year. …

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