Gardening

Gardening

Vivienne has gardening in her veins.  She comes from a family of keen gardeners but only acquired a proper garden (‘one that you can walk out into’) relatively recently.  For many years, she had a tiny sun baked plot in North London which she opened under the National Gardens Scheme.  You could see round it in all of five minutes but she did do very nice teas.  This garden was featured in several magazines.

She now lives in Oxfordshire where the garden is still ‘under construction’ .  She loves peonies, late salvias, irises and alpines.  She grows all sorts of vegetables but especially tomatoes, padron peppers and onions.  She is hopeless with brassicas and a fool with beans. Hope always triumphs over experience and every year she is astonished to be inundated with courgettes.

 

Tulips. I love ’em

I love tulips.  I can enthuse about almost any sort, except those funny ones with fringed petals.  Some people treat tulips like annuals, digging them all up once they have flowered which gives you the luxury and fun of choosing a whole new colour scheme next year.  Fine plan but it comes expensive, not to … Continue reading Tulips. I love ’em

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Girls, girls, girls

Girls, girls, girls How gorgeous are these girls? All are dwarf iris and all named after girls which seems appropriate as we come up to International Women’s Day. Katharine Hodgkin, the unmistakeable pale blue and yellow, Lady Beatrix Stanley (that mass of mid blue) and Pauline, elegant in deep purple. The great plantsman, E B … Continue reading Girls, girls, girls

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Bring on spring

Bring on spring There’s something about freezing weather in February that has me rushing out to the greenhouse with packets of seeds, as if by doing so I could conjure up warmer weather.  This week it has been aubergines (Black Beauty) since you ask and Padron peppers.  If you haven’t tried growing these before, these are … Continue reading Bring on spring

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