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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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June 30, 2013 | Plantaholic Post

Dianthus barbatus or  Sweet Williams look fabulous right now and will continue to do so until the frosts get them.    You will need to keep picking to stimulate flowering.  These biennials limped through to spring with moth-eaten flowers but are now majestic in all shades of pink and red.  Used liberally in the flowerbeds [...]

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June 28, 2013 | Fleetingly at the Garden History Museum

On the south bank of the Thames and right next to Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s  London digs,  is a deconsecrated church.

It’s graveyard, carved up like a wedge of cheese by busy road is the resting place of the illustrious in trade and horticulture.  There is a prosperous wax chandler,  the man who transplanted [...]

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June 25, 2013 | #Terrified Tuesday

Aieeeeeeeeeeee is this another example of global warming?

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June 24, 2013 | Lovely Landriana: another Italian garden to visit

“The Education of a Gardener” by Russell Page is my favourite dipping-into gardening book.  Despite being written fifty years ago and by a gardener with a Hello A list of clients, the book has ideas to inspire and coursing through it the philosophy of genius loci.  This is  strong sense of bringing out the spirit [...]

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June 21, 2013 | A few summer tips and the oppo to win gardening equipment too

Those who blog a bit will be used to strange offers  for host posts on their site:  muscular pain, TV series and  waterproof trousers amongst them.  Most are quite wide of the mark but when www.plantmenow.co.uk sent in a request for top tips for getting the garden ready for this summer and the possibility of [...]

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June 19, 2013 | Giverny: the record of a vist

Monet’s house is pink with shutters of Early Learning Centre green.  A strange colour  that is  daubed about outside: on the Japanese bridge and all over all the ironwork for the roses.    We  tramp round the rooms  and see a little inside the artist’s life.   23 volumes of Fleures des jardins de l”Europe [...]

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June 17, 2013 | Wildflowers to be seen near Paris

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From the Arc de Triomphe it is less than 40 kilometers to Maule – a leafy village just beyond spitting distance of the capital.  It’s on the west side of Paris and in a wide agricultural plain made up of fields of rape, wheat and barley.  In  between there are  strands of forest and lanes [...]

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June 12, 2013 | Can yew combat box blight?

Yew edging at David Austin Roses

Yew edging at David Austin Roses

Box blight is becoming a  scourge.  I read a recent  article in the gardening press that offered alternatives to Buxus sempervirens.  None of the plants on the list did the trick for me. The thing about box is that it tolerates dry shade.  Lavender? catmint?  hyssop? Please – they [...]

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June 10, 2013 | La Ninfa - the most romantic garden

“The best garden in Italy?  Undoubtedly Ninfa” whispered  the olive oil taster.

Set  out of the way in dusty ravine country about an hour outside Rome, it is not easy to visit.   Preserving  the place from the trample of footfall, it opens only on one Sunday per month.

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June 9, 2013 | 10 tips for the direct sowing of flowering annuals

Long  ago we had a cat and an attic in Peckham.  Seed trays were lined up to bask in the light beaming down through the sky lights.  The cat got up there and thought we had left her a litter tray.  It put me off seed sowing for years.

But there is no better way of [...]

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