Tulips v trilliums- what’s your Brexit choice?

That glorious phrase ‘hope springs eternal’ lies at the heart of every gardener’s planning.  A tricky sentiment with the current  political shenanigans, but when the bulb catalogues come thudding on to the doormat ….oh boy! Your mind can go soaring again imagining sheets of glistening crocuses, pools of dancing daffodils, acres of bright tulips…… I have perfected a technique over the years for dealing with these luscious brochures – I wonder if you do something similar? I go through the catalogue once and tick everything I like the look of (usually hundreds of things).  Then I go through it again...

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On the hunt for magnolias

Every area of RHS Wisley garden in Surrey has  ‘its moment’ some time in the year so it was with great intent that I set off last Sunday to take my annual tour around Battleston Hill, principally to look at magnolias. Unsurprisingly for this spring, it was wet, but en route to Battleston Hill there were some enchanting cameos of little groups of plants glistening with raindrops, such as these charming little sanguinarias nestling by the wall beneath the alpine glasshouses. And then these trilliums with their leaves washed clean. We entered Battleston Hill from the top, through the collection...

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