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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.

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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January 26, 2012 | Plants by post

Plants by post seems like a fairly crazy idea.  Especially when 18 large grasses were ordered up  in 2 litre pots.  On delivery  the box got heaved, upended into the shed outside and neglected for 10 days.   No-one had remembered to mention the package in the shed and I stumbled across the box, returning [...]

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November 10, 2011 | Get naked at David Austin

The leaves are off, or nearly, and  I’m taking my mind  back to David Austin and February.  I went there for a day’s course on designing with roses run by the inexorable Diana Perry, fount of rose lore.  Due to dog trauma (another story altogether) I did not write a blog log but  now I [...]

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March 3, 2011 | What rose?Where?Which?Why?

March has crept in overcast and hand-wringing in East Anglia.  Late into the rose buying season, bare -rooted time, its a good moment to distract from grey by buying roses.  You will be far better off buying dormant roses, lifted from the ground and dispatched with roots freed from any soil.

So how do you choose? [...]

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