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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.

December 10, 2013 | The hedge viewing season is upon us.

A real weakness for hedges plagues me.  They arrest me  when I am driving around.  This is one of my favourite local ones.  The three greens of hedge, grass and thuja and the Braque-effect shearing are  perfect.  You might think Lonicera pileata, commonly known as poor man’s box would be an uninspiring choice.  Not so [...]

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December 6, 2013 | Garden centres deck the halls

I saw a nearly life size baby Jesus with Joseph worshipping at the alter of christmas tree lights, the fluffiest sneeze inducing selection of santas, and reindeers in white mink coats. And the price tags looked pretty too.  Steep that is.    Who buys this stuff?  By the way I am in one of the [...]

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December 6, 2013 | This list makes me drool with anticipation

For pure poetry just read this about Dichelostemma Ida-Maia:

“Spectacular red, yellow and green coloured flowers, shaped like cigars, opening at the tip of a wiry stem.  Named after the daughter of a Californian stage coach-driver and pollinated in the wild by humming-birds”.

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December 4, 2013 | Wordless Wednesday

or seasonal mood swing?

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December 4, 2013 | Dr Noel Kingsbury and the daffodils

A banner for a recent lecture read:   ”The Daffodil – The remarkable story of the world’s most popular flower”.   These floral popularity stakes are bemusing.  Without a doubt you might single out the peony, tulips and certain roses.    But the daffodil?  I can count more customers than I have toes and fingers [...]

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December 3, 2013 | Nerines at West Dean in a cold sweat

Nerine Enchantress.

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