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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.

March 6, 2017 | Bulbs - try out the dolly mixture planting style

Bulbs are opportunists.  Most come from the far Eastern end of the Mediterranean, from rocky scree where early  snow melt gives a source of water before summer drought.  The busting into leaf and flower comes from energy suppled by a modified root and shoot system stored in their fleshy cells. Photosynthesis and pollination accomplished, they [...]

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May 15, 2010 | Tulip embarrassment strikes again

Oh no what has happened here?    The tulip called Helmar is very, very yellow but wide slashes of raspberry ripple tone it down. Planted with maroon Tulipa Jan Reus, the raspberry and marroon sing together.  I  visited this customer yesterday and instead of Jan Reus, the wholesaler has given us the black tulip, Queen [...]

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April 27, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

Tulipa Antraciet

Tulupa Antraciet, a double late flowering tulip, is in flower right now.  It looks particularly fine in lead planters, or surrounded by a slate mulch or, as in this garden, planted in clumps through mounds of cranesbills.  Repeat it over again in groups of 15 to 20 bulbs and keep bright colours [...]

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