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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

As diseases go, chocolate spot sounds rather lovely. Sort of cosy, and quite cuddly, and the kind of thing you might make a pudding out of. Nothing like as revolting-sounding as blight, or canker, or blackleg, let alone slime flux – all named to flag up the fact that they’re often smelly, always unpleasant, (oozing is a particularly repellent habit) and cause distress [...]

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Drying Miss Daisy

As soon as I mention cutting gardens – an area of the garden set aside for growing cut flowers for the house - you start thinking of summer, don’t you? Ladies in floaty hats and diaphanous dresses drifting through waist-high seas of flowers snipping a few here and a few there and laying them lovingly in a beechwood trug, that kind [...]

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I have seen a slice of heaven. Well, almost. I kind of hope it’s not raining stair-rods in heaven, but that was the only thing I could find to complain about. This is not the best summer to go garden visiting, and my pilgrimage to Knightshayes near Tiverton in east Devon – a legendary kitchen garden I’ve [...]

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Try this at home: Korean mint

When I first started growing agastache - probably one of the hybrids, something like ‘Blue Fortune’ or the gorgeously sultry ‘Black Adder’ - I thought it was just a pretty face. It sparkled all season long in my cottagey little border (this was a couple of gardens ago) with its bottlebrush flower spikes and deadnettle leaves and looked [...]

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I can’t be the only one who spends my whole time at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on the hunt for things to eat. And I don’t mean the fish-and-chips-or-hogroast food court dilemma. Hampton Court is by far and away the best of the RHS shows for kitchen gardeners. Mainly because it’s at the right [...]

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