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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

The small gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are always a treasure trove if you’re looking for inspiration, and I make the courtyard gardens – which we must now call ‘Artisan Gardens’ – the first stop on my trail round the show. There were plenty of veg this year – there usually are in [...]

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Edible Chelsea: The M&G Garden

I think I may be addicted to flower shows. It’s barely a week since the last one, yet here I am again: and it’s exciting, inspiring and heartbreakingly beautiful all over again. Mind you, this is the big one. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is second to none when it comes to wow factor: this year is no exception. [...]

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If I’m feeling a little jaded and short of inspiration at this time of year, a little bit as if I’ve done it all before, I have just one foolproof solution: go visit a flower show. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘flower’, either: these days, with the GYO revolution in full swing and showing [...]

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Pick of the month: May

Broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ Oh I know, I’ve already been going on about my broad beans, but that was cheating. This is the real thing: proper broad beans in proper broad bean pods, and I am singing happily to myself like an idiot after harvesting my first proper summer veg from the garden. And it’s only just over a week into May. [...]

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Oranges and lemons

Every gardener has their challenge: that tricky plant they can’t quite seem to get to grow for them. Cauliflowers have always had me stumped, and I’m not too good at chillies, either (though I think I might have cracked that one this year). But the biggy for me is citrus. For a long time now, I’ve had [...]

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