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My favourite plant – September

We all have favourite plants, some for their willingness to flourish where all else fails, others for fragrance, colour or association. I confess that I am fickle – I have favourites while they are in flower and then they return to the backdrop of the border until they shine again in twelve months’ time. My […]

Let Us Now Praise Famous Gardens

I have just finished reading the Penguin Classics edition of Vita Sackville-West’s Observer garden commentaries. Let Us Now Praise Famous Gardens is a series of excerpts from the collections of her articles In Your Garden, originally published in 1951 and followed by In Your Garden Again, More for Your Garden and Even More for Your […]

A question of balance

Monty Don published an interesting article in a recent issue of the BBC Gardener’s World magazine. His point was that in order to have desirable predators in your garden – thrushes, ladybirds, frogs and toads – there has to be a constant food source available to them. This means not eliminating all the snails, slugs, […]