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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit for more information.

December 16, 2014 | C is for coleus

(equally S is for Solenostemon scutellarioides)  - plants that come from India and Thailand and get called the ‘painted nettle’.  You will either love them or hate them – seen in droves when I visited the trial grounds of Ball and Colegrave in the summer.  Run your eye down this lot, if you like them [...]



July 18, 2014 | Visiting a plant trial ground.

I have been round a trial ground before and it is quite something to see good looking new plants that have endured  the selective breeding process, survived the cull  and made it out the other end.

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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 sent in a request for top tips for getting the garden ready for this summer and the possibility of [...]