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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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January 19, 2015 | Q is for Quercus ilex tunnels

Seen here at Villa Cetinale, near Siena.  The evergreen oak can be oppressive in its matt evergreen livery.  In the hot high light of the south the long tunnels make a cool refuge from the sharp sun.  The shadows fissure, spangle and dance.

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January 13, 2015 | O is for Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf is the maestro of perennial planting.    Aged 71 but he is still working – both designing and teaching.  He continues to innovate and  bring in change – there is nothing static about his plant palette.  The photo below is his garden.  The fantastic white spires are of   Actaea Queen of Sheba.

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December 18, 2014 | E is for Edinburgh, a wordy sort of place

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December 11, 2014 | Top boar of the year

by Sheppard Craige’s wife.  At Il Bosco della Ragnaia.

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September 13, 2014 | Aspirational corner: mainly things I want but have no room for Mark 4

Perhaps I am getting steadily more greedy.  Time, on the other hand, could be galloping faster and faster like a runaway bull.  The long and short of it is that this time I am posting four things I want in my virtual and infinite Aspirational Corner.    First, tunnels of evergreen oak, Quercus ilex as [...]

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August 13, 2014 | Aspirational corner: things that I want but have no space for mark 2

A maze

to get lost in.  This one is at Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall.  Oh, and I will have those tree ferns too.

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July 21, 2014 | Aspirational corner: things I want but have no space for

- a grotto, for example.  This is part of the massive one at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

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September 30, 2013 | Peacocks on my walls

I would, for choice, have peacocks on my walls

– as they do at Rousham Park, Oxfordshire.

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September 1, 2013 | Randoming can be done on the top of a bus: collecting garden inspiration

Randoming is what I call going about the place collecting ideas and quirks for the  garden – mine or for customers, come to that.    Small anywhere camera has made this  easy and this summer has harvested some inspiration that I will definitely use.

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May 24, 2013 | Why the gorilla?

kinetic piece David Watkinson

It is always at the Chelsea Flower Show but it’s easy to ignore it.

kinetic piece David Watkinson

The stalls that pin themselves round the Show Gardens and in the folds of the Great Tent are pop up shops.  Amongst the forest of teak benches and at either end of the spectrum there are some incredible [...]

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