Teucrium fruticans

I don’t really linger in the garden in February, but I do go round it every day whatever the weather, and love to notice all the subtle changes. The best time for this is in the early morning after a sharp frost: I never fail to be amazed by the transformations made by frost, and am reminded not to be overhasty in cutting down the stems of many perennials, grasses in particular. There is one plant which looks particularly good right now (quite unscathed by -6C a few days ago) and that is the shrubby germander, teucrium fruticans. Its...

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Looking back and so looking forward!

So here we are, we’ve reached Christmas again, and despite our very best efforts, our gardens are STILL not perfect…(for perfect look at Louise’s wonderful photo of her Great Plant this Month) As we systematically run out of options in the Brexit quagmire and England’s bowling attack in Australia, I think we should all turn joyfully to studying our gardens with a clear eye as to what ‘worked’ last year, and what didn’t. The wonderful series The Detectorists has just finished and it got me thinking about why a programme about metal detectors has struck such a chord with...

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