Artemisia lactiflora ‘Elfenbein’

I say the word ‘artemisia’, and immediately springs to my mind the many silver-leaved forms that I already have in our garden. These are abrotanum, ludoviciana, absinthium, and pontica to name but a few, and the family also includes A dracunculus (French tarragon). Often aromatic, and with finely divided, decorative foliage, they are a useful family to know. A few years ago I came across A lactiflora Ghizou Group and it looked startlingly different with its purple flushed, dark green foliage and striking, tall, creamy white flowers in midsummer. More recently I added today’s special plant, A lactiflora ‘Elfenbein’ which

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Colour – symphony or screech?

When my sisters said that they were going to come over to France for a couple of days, I jumped at the chance to show them what I had been up to in my rather rampageous Normandy garden.  In the event, they found out why this part of Europe is so green – the rainstorms verged on the biblical and the howling gales made Caroline feel she was back at home in Scotland.. In the four minutes or so that it wasn’t actually pelting, we wandered about discussing the fairly fundamental question of which plants look good together and which

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A bit about us

Thank you so much for dipping in to our new blog. We’re three unremarkable sisters who like to laugh and love gardening.  My sister Laura Warren has lived forever on a West Sussex farm. My other sister Elaine Fraser Gausden has a small garden in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and a much bigger affair altogether in Normandy, France. I’m Caroline Rham, I live and garden just south of Edinburgh right beside the North Sea in Scotland. Our parents were keen gardeners in a post-war, productive fashion and we’ve all inherited the wonder of it all, if not altogether the talent in my case. Armed

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