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The Garden Museum formerly Museum of Garden History

The museum of garden history in St Marys Church at Lambeth Palace London reopens after refurbishment on the 18th November 2008. Renamed The Garden Museum, extra space has been created inside the medieval church to display paintings, drawings and ephemera related to gardening. Visit to The Garden Museum (Garden) I arrived a week too soon […]

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Nearly Free Seeds

RHS Seed Distribution 2009 One of the joys of RHS membership is the annual free seed distribution. A 24 page listing of available seeds, collected from the RHS gardens, provides a wide and unusual selection. The descriptions are short and the official Latin names send me off to look up the species in books or […]

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Peace the Top Rose

Named ‘Peace’ after the second world war this ‘Peace Rose’ could have been named not for the absence of war but for the tranquility of a peaceful garden. History In 1935, Francis Meilland cross-pollinated a french¬† rose with Margaret McGredy, from which was born a seedling of unknown qualities. Some eyes were budded in 1936, […]

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Purple Cabbage

This ornamental cabbage is grown for winter colour. For a Red Cabbage with heart try Kalibos, Red Drumhead or Red Jewel varieties grown from seed. Cabbage Tips Red cabbage usually stands well in the ground from summer to early winter. Solid hearts with fewer wasted leaves are also normal with Red cabbage. Pickled or ‘shredded […]

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Growing Biennial Papaver nudicale & Eschscholzia

This is an easy to grow biennial. Plant seeds now, either where they are to flower, or under cover for planting out 9 inches apart later. Germination can be erratic but they also dislike being transplanted so you are caught between a rockery and hard-landscaping. The reason I say they are easy, is because they […]

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Taking Late Autumn Cuttings

It is still not too late to take semi ripe and hard wood cuttings. Many perennials are short lived, like penstemon above, and they can be reinvigorated from new cuttings. Plants are not at there best in Autumn so results may not be perfect but I find it pays to experiment. Gardeners Autumn Cutting Tips […]

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Confessions of a Gardening Gourmand

A gourmet is a connoisseur of delicacies and a judge of good food. Therefore a ‘gardening gourmet’ is a connoisseur of the garden and its impact on all your senses. A gourmand is more like a gluttonous and greedy feeder who is hard to satiate. A ‘gardening gourmand ‘ acquires more plants,¬† grows more seedlings, […]

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Rhus typhina, Stag Horn Sumach

This tree in my neighbours garden is about 9 foot tall. The panticles looks spectacular in the evening sunlight but overall the plant is prone to suckers and consumes a lot of space. Growing Rhus If you get sucker problems try cut out at the root. They can become invasive. As part of a large […]

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Gardening For Climate Change

After this wet summer what has happened to Global Warming? Are there any advantages of Global Warming and how should gardeners design for such changes. What is Global Warming ‘Climate change’ is used as a catch-all phrase to encompass the effects of global warming, the increase in temperature caused by greenhouse gases and the Northerly […]

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