Colour is everyday and commonplace yet somebody with an artist’s eye can help us to truly see it and understand what it is doing. Andrew Lawson wrote “The Gardener’s Book of Colour” in 1996 and Pimpernel Press has recently released a revised and undated edition. The years since it was first published have seen a … Continue reading Colour for the Gardener
It would seem impossible that a garden designed by committee would be considered a “standard bearer of excellence in horticulture worldwide” (Dan Hinkley at http://www.pacifichorticulture.org ) but it seems such is the case for Chanticleer Gardens, on the outskirts of Wayne, Pennsylvania, as they are extraordinarily successful and deeply loved by the American gardening community. … Continue reading The Art of Gardening…Chanticleer
Gertrude Jekyll was without doubt the person who most influenced the style of English gardening and gardening worldwide through the 19th and 20th centuries. However, she was much more than a gardener; her talents elsewhere were equally gifted and this book gives a wider view of the person and the breadth of her achievements. Gertrude … Continue reading Gertrude Jekyll – A Lady of Many Talents.
"November" by Thomas Hood No sun--no moon! No morn--no noon! No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day-- No sky--no earthly view-- No distance looking blue-- No road--no street-- No "t'other side the way"-- No end to any Row-- No indications where the Crescents go-- No top to any steeple-- No recognitions of familiar people-- No … Continue reading November
Primulas do very well for us in our Irish climate and it is no wonder that we have a long list of cultivars which have arisen and been named here. These are passed around from friend to friend but, unfortunately, can be lost over the years so it is well to take care of them … Continue reading Julius Caesar, where did you come from?
While cutting down a now large clump of crocosmias I came on a label in the centre which read, "Crocosmia Bristol/Severn Sunrise/Sunset." Check the name. From Anna Nolan. Sept. 02" . I know now that this is Crocosmia 'Severn Sunrise' and I have enjoyed it in the garden for the years since I received it … Continue reading Label that Memory