Monthly Archives: September 2011

A unique quandary

I was lucky enough to receive several Pelargonium cultivars through the Plant Heritage Plant Exchange this year. (Rare plants for free! but only if you are a member..) This was received as Pelargonium ‘Unique Aurora’, and doesn’t quite match the … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

Although, strictly speaking, this isn’t an Indian Summer (according to Radio 4 this morning, there has to have been a frost for it to count as an IS), it’s jolly welcome, and we couldn’t let the day go past without … Continue reading

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NC of Asters (autumn flowering) Picton Garden – visit

With Susan Barley of NFU Mutual (PH generous sponsors since 2003), I was given the most learned and interesting tour of Picton Garden in Malvern, which houses the superb National Collection of autumn flowering asters.  Susan and I were amazed by … Continue reading

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Full of GLEE – Wednesday 22nd September

I was full of mild intrepidation as I drove up to NEC Birmingham last Wednesday to once again attend the Horticultural Trade Show – that is GLEE!  But once inside the huge halls at NEC, I was greeted so warmly … Continue reading

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Anemones and asters

Quick visit to Avondale Nursery on the way back from a wet weekend in the Lakes to pick up two Anemone ‘Geante des blanc’ for Anemone Margaret. Despite the dull weather the garden looked gorgeous, all late summer colour and … Continue reading

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Helmingham Ho!

Yesterday I drove up to Suffolk for the Suffolk Group‘s Autumn Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall. The weather forecast had been a bit iffy in the week leading up, but someone clearly put in a word in the right quarter … Continue reading

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The shows go on

From RHS Cardiff in April through to Journees Des Plantes De Courson in October, via Chelsea, NEC Gardeners Live, RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park, 2 Malverns, 2 Harrogates, 2 Harlow Carrs, Ayr, Shrewsbury, Sandringham, Southport, Gardening Scotland, and a few others … Continue reading

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