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Gardeners’ Question Time

Have just returned from a recording of Gardeners' Question Time. the popular Radio 4 programme, which we arranged in conjunction with East Malling Research Centre at their wonderful Conference Centre. It was fascinating to see how a programme like that is made. All...

Clematis armandii

Did you know that the very best time to prune Clematis armandii is immediately after flowering? Have you been seduced by Clematis armandii with its wonderful perfume and beautiful white flowers so early in the year, only to be bewildered by its prodigious rate of...

A Taste of the Drakensberg

To put the seasons into context, our February is their mid to late summer and, if that isn’t disconcerting enough, they have wet summers and dry winters – similar to the UK, apart from the dry winters!

Another taste of the Drakensberg

The summit of Ben Nevis is not noted for its tree and shrub population. Yet at the same altitude (1,344m) in the Drakensberg there is a wealth of woody plants …

Some grasses grown from seed

My presentation is called ‘Some grasses grown from seed’. I don’t want to explain how to grow grasses from seed but rather describe a few of my favourites,

After the snowdrops – celandines

Snowdrops, it seems, engender either love or a strange apathy – white blobs to some, to others their subtle variations a source of endless fascination. But when their season draws to a close a new one will begin for the connoisseurs of the lesser celandine

Winter into Spring

Winter turning into spring is one of the most evocative and wonderful times…

Confessions of a snowdrop addict

What non-amorous obsession could possibly lead a gardener to contemplate spending a couple of nights in February at a motel on Junction 5 of the M54?

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