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Christmas Roses

MERRY CHRISTMAS! It’s hard to be original in a  Christmas blog and this is my 9th year of trying. In the past I’ve  looked at poinsettia, mistletoe, ivy, amaryllis, and the Glastonbury Thorn. I’ve even looked at the ghastly xmas … Continue reading

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The Daffodil King of Tooting

Inspiration for this week’s post came from daydreaming & looking out of the window and noticing some daffodils coming into flower.  I  remembered that ages ago I wrote a couple of posts about their  history:  The Daffodil most dainty and … Continue reading

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George Glenny grumbles on…

Last week’s post left George Glenny bankrupt in 1839. But, horrible though this must have been, in some ways this was the making of him. He had to sell the Gardener’s Gazette and his exhibition hall and turn back to the one … Continue reading

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Arthur Hellyer: the greatest garden writer of his generation?

When I was growing up, and it was the same for  my parents’ and even grandparents’ generations,  one of the great names in the gardening world was that of Arthur Hellyer, whose books were on every amateur gardeners shelves and … Continue reading

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William Caparne : painter and plantsman

The love of plants runs in the blood, or so it might appear from the life of William Caparne  teacher, painter, plantsman and iris fanatic.   A very private man, but who travelled widely in Europe and met and was … Continue reading

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