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Magnificent Magnolias

One of my favourite moments in the year is when the Magnolias start to flower. Along with wisteria, Magnolias herald the new season of sunny warm days and having been modestly hidden in the garden for months, they suddenly show themselves everywhere with their amazing pinky white cup and star shaped blooms. Magnolias are unimaginably…

Creepy Crawlies

The war being waged between gardeners and slugs and snails is a never-ending one.  I have been known to obsessively go out after dark during the summer months with a torch and bucket and pick the critters off my plants, much to the amusement of my family. They are then swiftly dispatched in the lane…

Fabulous Fennel

Fennel is an exceptionally good looking and glamorous hardy perennial, which deserves its place in both the kitchen garden or herb garden as well as the flower border. At this time of year, it really comes into its own adding a feathery soft and scented texture to the garden. Native to Southern Europe, Fennel has…

Social Climbers

There is little to beat the spectacle of a climbing or rambling rose in the summer. There are not many other plants that can flower so profusely and in such a variety of colours and shades and take up a relatively small area on the ground compared to the enormous vertical space they can fill.…