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  The top London florists charge a small fortune for a designer bouquet for gifts or for the home. Luckily gardener, cook, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven has used her astonishing talent to put together collections of seedlings that you can grow on in your prized plots to create your very own designer bouquets[…]

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  If you think you’ve grown most vegetables and experienced most tastes, maybe we have found something a little different. Try these gourmet root vegetables to tantilize your taste buds. They are varieties I have not grown before due to their rarity in the UK so it will be a new experience for us all.[…]

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  It is one thing to know how to grow a plant, but it is another to have an expert eye for amazing plant combinations.  This is a skill that gardener, cook, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven posesses in bucket loads. A visit to her stunning garden ‘Perch Hill’ in Sussex is proof of[…]

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  It is possible to design your basket and container displays by grabbing a basket full of plants you like the look of at the garden centre and shoving them in your chosen container, but don’t expect to achieve stunning results! It is often far more successful to purchase a collection of plants that have[…]

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Dahlias are so popular in our summer gardens. This wonderful new variety really caught my eye as soon as I saw it.  Dahlia Tropical Breeze is not one of the tall varieties that need staking, but rather a bedding variety that is ideal for our containers and front of border. Rather than having to wait[…]

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Some of the older readers may remember the Calceolaria from past times, but these wonderful Calynopsis varieties with their exotic, jewel-like blooms  are a real breakthrough.  The Calceolarias have been named things such as Slipper Flower, Pocketbook Plant, Pouch Flower and Slipperwort. Below I want to list some reasons why I think these new varieties[…]

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Lilies are a long standing favourite in our summer gardens, but what is so special about the Roselilies? Well there are some important advantages that I attempt to list below:- Stunning, double blooms which unfurl like roses.  A light and pleasant perfume which is not overpowering like the spicy scent of  some traditional Oriental hybrids.[…]

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