Blooming weddings!

‘Those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer’  Really? Nat King Cole clearly hadn’t experienced a Scottish July.  Depressing, particularly for anyone depending on good weather for a special event. Earlier this month gardeners in nearby Gifford unwittingly scheduled their Scotland’s Gardens open day for an afternoon of hopelessly wintery squalls AND Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph.  A forehand volley of bad luck. My own modest ambitions to have our garden looking half decent for our wedding at the end of August, are going the same way as some of my star plants – horizontal. I had imagined the lawn might host the...

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Rosa bonica

I’ve known bonica for a long time as I first took notice of it in my mother’s garden many years ago. She grew masses of roses and therefore had that understanding of their ways that can only come from growing them. I remember wondering, when she and my father downsized, how on earth she would choose which roses to grow in their new and much smaller garden. It turned out to be easier than I thought, and bonica was on that list. I not only took note, I took cuttings; one of which is the very plant we grow...

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Loving and laughing in our best British gardens

Welcome to our new look blogsite, introduced because we hope to be slightly less useless at operating this version. Modest ambitions but apparently unachievable so far. We’ve also persuaded my mate Louise, who knows more about good plants than anyone else we know, to get the Growbag groove and write a monthly piece on what is Simply Terrific this Month.  Elaine grows Louise’s choice for July in her Normandy garden and totally agrees with her, you should find this treasure at Fingers crossed…. Can it be true that it’s 17 years since there was any published research on garden visiting in the UK?...

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