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Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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July 29, 2010 | Plantaholic post

I am in love with hollyhocks.  At the height of their magnificence right now,  they appear to peer down at shorties like me in a concerned old aunt kind of way.

Truly at home in Suffolk outside thatched cottages,  but I think they originally come from the himalayas.

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July 28, 2010 | Celebrity pin up

WHO?          ANTONY GORMLEY

WHY?          Because his installation at White Cube, Mason’s Yard was the coolest thing I saw last month.

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July 27, 2010 | Hestercombe garden: a lesson in stone

Garden designers like to talk  about hard and soft landscaping.    These two divide roughly into stone and flowers and in an historical context, Edwin Lutyens, architect,  was to the first as the booted and bespectacled Gertrude Jekyll was to the second.  She was  46 to his 21 when their collaboration started and  the two [...]

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July 25, 2010 | In praise of Blotanical.com with animal chorus

on the pigs back

on the pigs back

As a self-confessed techno-phobe and luddite, I feel I am on the pig’s back with lovely www.blotanical.com. It’s the website for people blogging about gardens all over the world.

Can’t quite think why this new hobby of blogging came upon me.  Computers? URLS? RSS feeds?  All a dense fuzz in the brain’s [...]

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July 24, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

Stipa tenuissima with Knautia macedonica and pale cranesbill, possibly Geranium Mrs Kendall Clarke.  Backlit by sun and running in the breeze.  Evergreen, free seeding, loved by puppies to nest in.  Be prepared to replant every three of so years.

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July 22, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

Designed in 1936, this is the gateway to the Spider Garden, Hoveton Hall, Norfolk.

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July 20, 2010 | Find your inner child at Terra Botanica

TERRA BOTANICA.    Never heard of it?  Just opened, it’s France’s brand spanking new theme park.  All about plants and set handily, for us Brits, in the Maine et Loire region. Talked about  and in the planning for 12 years,  the first digger came onto  the 11 hectare site only two and a half years [...]

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July 19, 2010 | Black List

It’s a fantasy, I know.  Unseasonal and a  leftover from May’s Chelsea but this combination of colours, pinned together by Aquilegia vulgaris  Black Barlow cannot be left sulking in the corner.  Co-planted  with the  blue Himalayan poppy and Stipa tenuissima.

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July 19, 2010 | A weekend the colour of high summer

A weekend of the colour of high summer is over.    Latitude Festival is packing itself up right now.  Weary, filthy, hungry teenagers are squashing tents and unwashed frying pans back into bags.  I have one to collect later  and a vintage rusted wheelbarrow.  I am kind of hoping it might have got reappropriated.  The [...]

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July 15, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

An abstraction of rusty bedsprings.

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