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On a slow boat from China…

China has one of the richest flora in the world but many of its plants remained unknown in the west until comparatively recently. While we all know about Chinoiserie as a fashion in  decor and in garden architecture particularly in … Continue reading

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Adam’s weed

An obscure 17thc botanist cleric is very prominent in many  gardens at the moment because of a plant, that as so often in the weird and wonderful ways of botanical names,  he never saw, didn’t even know existed  and had … Continue reading

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Dahlias

My garden boasts a Vulgar Border…not full of plants that swear  but of brightly coloured one – clashing pinks, oranges, purples and yellow which almost make your eyes water. And chief amongst them are dahlias. Dozens and dozens of them. … Continue reading

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The other Chelsea Flower Show…

As the eyes of high society and the horticultural  world turned to Chelsea, the doyenne of all flower shows world-wide, this week I thought it was time to turn my attention towards another  even older connection between the plant world … Continue reading

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Camellias

Knowing that I was going to spend some time in February in  Cornwall looking at gardens  I realised I’d probably be looking at a lot of camellias.  I’ll probably upset or even irritate a lot of people by saying straight … Continue reading

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