Winter Scent in the garden - Lavandula angustifolia

Winter Scent in the garden – Lavandula angustifolia

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of course at this time of year for scent in the garden we think conventionally of those classic winter flowering shrubs the sharp clean scents of Mahonias, Lonicera fragrantissima, Viburnums or the more dense and heady, lily-like intensity of Daphnes, Chimonanthus and Sarcococca. But as I walked along the street yesterday I was struck by a waft of ….. […]

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Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' - a rock in a hard place!

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – a rock in a hard place!

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

OK, lets be honest, Sorbus (commonly called Rowan or Mountain Ash) are not my favourite trees. They have none of the nobility of say a Cedar or a Magnolia, nor the elegance and poise of a Beech or a Japanese Acer and neither do they have the quirky individuality of a Lomatia or a Sciadopitys. […]

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Cherry Ripe!

Cherry Ripe!

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Streets of London used to echo to the cry of ‘Cherry – ripe!’ And we too as designers are often banging on about cherries and their sensuous delights. Of course cherries are not ripe now and neither are the cherries which we shout about productive but as human beings we do feast with all our senses. […]

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What plant to buy now? Liquidambar styraciflua

What plant to buy now? Liquidambar styraciflua

| November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

We are often asked ‘When is the best time to buy plants and stock a garden.’ But the truth is that with a few exceptions, like annuals, bulbs and bare root woody plants you can buy and establish most things at most times of the year. Through containerization the nursery trade is well and truly geared to […]

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