Author Archives: Helen Johnstone

About Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

Foliage Follow-up – April 2014

This month’s foliage post features some new acquisitions, some of which are destined for the new hardy exotic border.  I am particularly pleased with the Fatsia Spidersweb which I bought from Cotswold Garden Flowers the other week.  I have been … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2014

I notice that I didn’t bother with a GBBD post in April last year and I think that reflects the lateness of the season; how different this year has been. The garden is already colouring up and the tulips are … Continue reading

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My Garden This Weekend – 13th April 2014

Anyone who follows me on twitter regularly will know I have been whining about being ill since Wednesday evening with a cold.  In fact we are pretty certain it was flu as I was completely knocked for six and hardly … Continue reading

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Book Review: British Gardens in Time

There is nothing I enjoy more than a bit of history and when it’s coupled with horticulture I am a very happy person.  So I was thrilled to be offered a review copy of British Gardens in Time; the book … Continue reading

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Stocktonbury Gardens

Stocktonbury Gardens near Leominster in Herefordshire is a garden I have visited a number of times over recent years but I have never visited this early in the year and I wanted to see the Skunk Cabbages.  I don’t know … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 9/4/14 – Anemone pavonina

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My Garden this Weekend – 6th April 2013

The Prunus flowering in my garden is always a sign that spring is most definitely here.  The arrival of the flowers is accompanied by the pollinators and there is a constant humming as you work in the garden under the … Continue reading

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Two nurseries and a fish lunch

There are certain nurseries I enjoy visiting and there are certain people I enjoy buying plants with.  Today the two came together and I visited Cotswold Garden Flowers with Victoria, Rob and Darren.  I didn’t know Darren but I have … Continue reading

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Product Review – B&Q easyGrow

Now you may be wondering what I am doing showing you a photograph of a tea-bag and this would be a good question.  However, it is not a teabag in the sense you are thinking but a plant in a … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 2/4/14 – Chaenomeles japonica

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