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

September 27, 2014 | Dahli AMAZIA: Why and how to grow dahlias

Dahlias yo-yo in and out of fashion.  Right now the spool is taut and this genus of perennials are spinning high.  Funny to reflect then that the first plants arriving from Mexico 200 years were introduced  as  food  – an alternative to the potato.  James Wong, ethno-botanist and TV presenter,  praises them for a flavour [...]



October 1, 2013 | pictorial summary of 4 important gardens

I have been very wordy of late and have run out of September’s quota.  October’s has not yet arrived.  In brief a minibus-load of us went west and cherry picked four gardens.  The first:  Rousham Park – rilled and the work of William Kent.  The best kept example of the English landscape garden and, relatively [...]



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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