Gardens, tea and above all, CAKE!

June is prime time for brilliant gardeners and barmily generous householders to throw open the gates to their gorgeous borders; home-made water features and adorable cats. It’s garden visiting season! Never mind the perfect show gardens of Chelsea, this is when you can find out how your neighbours tackle ground elder, and what return they get on their solar panels. Also, just how much early evening drinking is going on in British gardens. Every garden we visited on Sunday revolved around the nucleus of two chairs, table + BBQ console. Have we all been immersed in a summer sozzle-fest...

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Three cheers for Chelsea

Chelsea meant boots when we were teenagers – fast-forward 50 years or so and now it means a fantastic day out for all three of us at the Greatest Flower Show in the World! This year it was definitely all about the lupins but Laura wasn’t impressed: “The trouble with lupins is they put so much of their energy into that slightly mutant, supercharged flower stalk that a) they eclipse all the more subtle plants around them b) they collapse into an ugly bug-ridden heap after their moment of glory,” (oh dear, this won’t happen to Meghan, will it?) But...

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Kiss me Hardy Annuals!

What fun hardy annuals are! Lots and lots of easy, pretty things from seeds scattered over a bit of soil – even a most frightful horticultural snob like Laura can’t get sniffy about that, surely?  Now I am well aware that the clever-clogs among you will be saying “Why are the Growbags talking about hardy annuals NOW? ‘hardy’ means that these plants all survive frost, so I (cue: very smug expression) sowed all my Orlaya and Scabious etc. etc. last September, and they are already looking FAB!” Okay, well, good for you, and I have sown a few like that in...

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Our top 10 plants in Spring

  Hurray spring has finally sprung, (let’s hope today’s deluge is a temporary glitch) and there are many reasons to be cheerful. But which spring plants cheered you up the most? Here’s our top 10: 1 Honesty (Lunaria annua– although it is actually a biennial) I have finally managed to spread this simple soul into various nooks and crannies around my garden whilst keeping the upmarket ‘Chedglow’ and ‘Corfu blue’ varieties away from the native riff raff to prevent interbreeding. 2 My collection of early flowering perennial wallflowers bought from Hayloft Plants last summer. I can’t describe how desperate these looked during the reign of...

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