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Bee Orchid, a remarkable beauty

10th June 2019

Usual leaf rosettes appeared around February time in a lawn which I've left untreated with fertlizer nor weedkiller for several years. As these rosettes looked like Orchids I've been cutting that lawn around each of them and the result is that …

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Cornus alba sibirica delight

24th April 2019

This is the right time to hard prune the Cornus species however a favourite of mine, Cornus alba sibirica variegata requires, in my view, a slightly different treatment. I like to keep the youngest stems from the previous year in order to get an…

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An ordinary shrub becomes a garden star

9th June 2018

This is how an Arbutus unedo pruned as a “cloud” last summer is slowing developing into an attractive focal point. This type of pruning uses a Japanese pruning technique. It is actually quite easy and great fun to re-shape a mature shrub (or a…

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Winter Display in a Border

5th December 2017

When all the herbaceous have died down in a border, the beauty of these Japanese Chrysanthemums are the joy of a December month. These spider form Chrysanthemums are the last to flower.  A symbol of longevity and rejuvenation in the Japanese…

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