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In The Garden

Pots & Trowels

Posted: 30th November 2019

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I’m really pleased to be working again with Sean Riley on our exciting new joint project Pots & Trowels. Sean and I first met many years ago when we both worked for BBC East Midlands Today when I was presenting garden features and Sean was the director. Earlier this summer Sean and I decided we’d […]

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A good all rounder with fantastic winter colour

Posted: 30th November 2018

Cotoneaster 'John Waterer'

Cotoneaster ‘John Waterer’  If you are looking for a large shrub or small evergreen tree that looks good all year round, then look no further than Cotoneaster x watereri ‘John Waterer’. It’s fully hardy, fairly fast to establish and only grows to around 5m when grown as a tree, making it ideal for gardens or […]

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Autumn colour in your garden

Posted: 12th September 2018

Eucomis bicolour

Looking for something a bit different for Autumn colour? Try Eucomis bicolor. If you fancy something a little different to flower through early autumn, look out for eucomis. This is a group of bulbous perennials that originate from South Africa and are commonly known as pineapple flowers or pineapple lily and when in flower you […]

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Time to plant garlic and tulips

Posted: 11th November 2017

Colourful tulips in spring

Although it’s the back end of the year and we’re starting to get everything tidied up for winter, it’s also a time to plan ahead. Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s the perfect time to plant two types of bulbs, garlic and tulips. Garlic planted in autumn gets a head start and makes a […]

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A good start to the season!

Posted: 22nd May 2017


Foxglove tree in bloom! I’ve always admired the “Foxglove tree”, Paulownia tomentosa with its lilac coloured flowers that hang in clusters and when I was at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival earlier in May I saw a fantastic specimen in a garden that was full of flower. Paulownia come from E. Asia and although they […]

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