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The Gardening Coach

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

May 22, 2013 | Wordless Chelsea

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July 17, 2012 | Catching the zeitgeist at the Hampton Court Flower Show

To be a visitor at the glossy end of flower shows is akin to watching those cookery programs on the telly.    Inspiring at one level  but at the same  confidence-dissolving  so that the watcher builds a reliance on the guru.  Simply has to rush out and buy their latest recipe book before attempting to [...]



July 5, 2010 | Hampton Court palace flower show 2010: some impressions

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in aid of Over active bladders

It could be considered the second best.  Chelsea Flower Show is  Cinderella’s slipper.  Everyone wants to try it on.  Hampton Court seems to have lurked in the shadow of the sister’s rhinestone bedecked footwear.  A plea must be made to let Hampton topple the haughty dominance of its slender [...]



May 6, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

This is Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’.  Lucky her,  I would love to have this sparkling blue patch of woodland flower named after me.

Seen at the RHS garden called Hyde Hall earlier this week – I had gone on a recce of rose pruning but found the woodland planting much more enticing.

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