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RHS Chatsworth 2017

RHS Chatsworth 2017

The sun shone on the very first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, between showers. The RHS claimed this would be a more edgy, radical Flower Show than the established events at other venues. I’m not sure why they think East Midlands garden lovers in particular want a radical

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Garden Jobs for May

Garden Jobs for May
May is a wonderful month in the garden. By now spring has well and truly sprung. The bluebells are swarming through the woods and the bulbs you, hopefully, planted last autumn are nodding daintily in your flower borders. Bluebell wood in Chew Valley, Somerset So what areFind out more

Designing a Bee Friendly Garden

Designing a Bee Friendly Garden

Thursday, 27 February 2014 Designing a Bee Friendly Garden In an echo of the chicken versus egg debate, opinion is divided among scientists on which came first, bees or flowering plants. They are agreed, however, on the fact that by about one hundred million years ago, bees

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Meadow Maker

Meadow Maker

Frome resident Sue Everett is hoping to be part of the next agrarian revolution. She is passionate about restoring wildflowers to our countryside and believes that farmers have an important role to play. Over 98% of British wildflower meadows have been lost since World War 2, largely

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Frome’s Listed Gardens

Frome’s Listed Gardens

The rollings hills and sparkling streams of the Mendips lend themselves to that great 18th Century artform, the English Landscape Garden. I was fascinated to learn how these great gardens and parks reflected the lifestyles, and even politics, of their owners when I studied garden design. In

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Frome at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Frome at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

I wrapped up warm for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The show happens at that time of year when the weather can really do anything. Sometimes it is so hot you are desperate for any hint of shade. Or it can be so cold that constant hot

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Planting Woodlands

Planting Woodlands

A few weeks ago I was peering down hundreds of tree protection tubes trying to see if the young ash saplings we planted last winter showed any signs of chalara fraxinea, the fungus that causes ash dieback.  It was a fruitless search with such young trees so

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Autumn Colour

Autumn Colour

It may be nearly the end of the growing season but there is no reason for the autumn garden to lack colour. Albert Camus put his finger on it when he said: ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’. And foliage is not

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Bulbs for every Month of the Year

Bulbs for every Month of the Year

Bulbs really are the gift that keeps on giving. They are very undemanding. Most of them flower for years with practically no maintenance. They come in all shapes and sizes from the stately Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum)to colourful little crocuses. And there is a bulb for nearly every

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Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators

I always thought planting for bees and butterflies was a bit of an oxymoron. Surely flowers and pollinating insects were made for each other? My suspicions were confirmed recently when I attended a fascinating Flora Locale course. I was informed that flowers and their pollinators did, unsurprisingly,

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