Koelireuteria Paniculata - Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree

AUGUST: Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Rain Tree.   That I love propagating all plants goes without saying, but above all I have a particular fondness for trees that I have raised from seed. So much is invested: the collection, the sowing, the waiting, the watching, the watering. Then by magic, or so it seems, a tiny green shoot appears, and others soon follow. So a few years ago I was walking through the Cambridgeshire village of Hemingford Grey with my sister, when we stopped in our tracks to admire a beautiful ‘Golden Rain Tree’ in the churchyard. Instantly I made

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Echinacea pallida

August – Elaine goes on film to explain the Chelsea Chop

We are using the high summer to dig into new territory. Do try our new garden quiz which sits on our site beside Louise’s Great Plants this Month We’ve also ambitiously created a Youtube channel. You’ll be able to click on our first video clip in Elaine’s section…from little acorns etc. Time was when your garden was pretty much spent by August; the roses were over and going down with mildew, sweet peas had exhausted themselves, Alchemilla mollis going into dingy decline – you could happily go off on three weeks holiday safe in the knowledge that you would be missing nothing of any note and

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autumn leaves

How old is too old, to plant a tree?

‘Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit beneath.’ (Chinese proverb). Well, I don’t know about old men, but this old lady has planted a fair few in her time. I really love trees.  There is a huge and ancient oak tree at one end of our French garden,  just like there was at our childhood home – I know my sisters will remember it well. What a mighty and wondrous thing it is, teeming with life and memory.  About 747 (747!) different species of insects and lichen alone are supported by oak trees,

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