One Thing – Ninfa

Is Ninfa, as is so often claimed, the most romantic garden in the world? Click here to hear my view

One Thing – Ninfa

Latest in my (visually slightly dodgy) video series on gardens of the world, and the one thing they do best.

Why not join me later this year when I next visit Ninfa with Ross Garden Tours?  Check out the itinerary here

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The Plot of Small Things

I’ve never found the space, or more correctly, the context, for small stuff in my garden.

I’d much prefer to be swallowed up in plants, than tiptoe over a carpet of them.  Continue reading

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Bulbous beauty

I can’t decide if it’s just a matter of association, but I love the look of bulbs.  I’m not talking about the flowers (though I love those too), I’m talking about the bulbs themselves.  I love the feel of them.  The weight of them.  The texture of them. Continue reading

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Wilting Convictions

Me on deckJust back again from the deliciously juicy, turgid gardens of Marlborough, NZ, and while I’ve been ranting about the joys and the unrealized potential of dry gardening for years, I still find that I can have the wind punched from my guts by gardens so hydrated – so pumped with H2O – that I feel like some desiccated, no-longer-functional part of my physiology or psychology is being revivified by osmosis alone. Continue reading

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Digiwhat?

Many thanks to GardenDrum, which inadvertently answered a lurking plant identification problem I had.

It’s curious, in this day and age of information accessibility, how hard it can be to identify unknown plants.  If you don’t have someone to ask, there’s nowhere else to turn.  One day we’ll have the horticultural equivalent of Shazam (where your phone can listen to, and identify a song), but meanwhile…. Continue reading

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