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Gardens Blog Archive

The price we pay

Until I became a designer, I would look at plants in garden centres and occasionally whistle at some of the prices. In particular, I had a vision of drifts of the wonderful Russian sage, Perovskia Blue Spire, serpentining elegantly through my borders but when I calculated what it would cost to bring this to reality, […]

Mad about Myrtle

The area around the Adriatic is a plant fan’s dream – wild flowers in abundance and fields full of colour reflecting the decline in agriculture and increase in natural species. On a visit to Montenegro in June I paused in narrow lanes to marvel at drifts of Orlaya and Alchemilla, swaying in the sunshine with […]

The Red Peril

Have you squeezed a lily beetle today? Seriously, the only way to keep on top of these garden visitors is vigilance and daily rounds of your garden. For those of you who live a beetle free existence, I can only imagine that you are either living a life without lilies or that you (hush) spray… […]