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Many among us are delighted by the appearance of the first daffodils, more correctly known as Narcissi,  heralding that spring is well and truly on the way. Some of us will always love the quintessential yellow trumpet varieties that perhaps remind us of halcyon days. There are of course many other types these days in[…]

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Many of us produce stunning garden displays in the summer months, but autumn through to spring can be equally if not more important to brighten up the cooler, darker months of the year when we all need cheering up. Wallflower Sugar Rush are one of the fairly newly bred varieties that are perfect for this[…]

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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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Beware, the English Bluebell is under threat from Spanish invaders!  The quintessential English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) that we all see and love in our woodlands is in danger due to people inadvertently planting Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica). The English Bluebells are now being overtaken by the more vigorous Spanish Bluebell and hybridising with them.  There[…]

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There is seldom a more welcome sight than the arrival of our native spring bulbs heralding the hope of warmer times to come. They thrive in our wooded areas and naturalise in grass to brighten our dullest days. Bulbs such as snowdrops (Galanthus), bluebells (Hyacinthoides) and winter aconites (Eranthis) can be planted as dry, dormant[…]

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Pansies are a key ingredient of our autumn, winter and spring garden displays, whether it be in containers or borders.  Their bright, happy blooms add colour at a time when few other plants are in flower. Below are a handful of varieties that I would recommend from the online catalogues for this season.   Pansy[…]

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  The collections below have been put together by the expert eye of presenter and writer Sarah Raven, taking the guesswork out of putting together your own combinations for your winter/spring containers.  The colours have been mixed as if by an artist and all the plants have been tested previously in Sarah’s garden at Perch[…]

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