A Sarcococca Selection

A Sarcococca Selection

Among the contributions to the display at our meeting in January were some winter-flowering shrubs with, of course, lovely perfume. Two of them were different species of sarcococca. (more…)

Thenford Gardens and Arboretum

Thenford Gardens and Arboretum

From Shaftesbury in the snow to Thenford on a sunny and spring-like afternoon – the weather could hardly have been more different as we headed for Northamptonshire on our second major snowdrop expedition of the year. (more…)

Lovely friends and more snowdrops

Lovely friends and more snowdrops

We are lucky enough to have friends living near Cambridge who we went to visit last week. They entertained us royally and gave me the opportunity to visit the wonderful winter garden at Anglesey Abbey, which is also famous for it’s snowdrops. Plants all day and good food and company all evening! What more could one want? (more…)

Trees and shrubs from seed

Trees and shrubs from seed



The second talk given at our first Seedling Swap in April 2006 dealt with the pleasures and principles – and the few pitfalls – of growing trees and shrubs from seed. Jeremy Spon’s infectious enthusiasm comes across in print, just as it did in his talk. (more…)

Bulbs from seed

Bulbs from seed

In the third article based on the talks given at the Seedling Swap in April 2006, Gill Regan shares with us the hard-won secrets of growing bulbs from seed. The many striking photographs that accompanied her talk showed that, after early setbacks, she has clearly discovered a successful formula.

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A Purple Patch

A Purple Patch

– a period of success or good fortune

by Virginia Oakes

What better way can there be to spend a bleak mid-winter afternoon than mulling over last years gardening successes – and failures – and looking forward in anticipation to what might be achieved in the coming year? It was on just such an occasion that I came across these shots (more…)