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On Saturday  I had the pleasure of attending The Beardless Iris Society study day in the depths of Herefordshire.  I haven’t been to a plant study day for a few years now as I think I was just overwhelmed with plant information but the break has reinvigorated me and the programme appealed to my inner plant geek, It was only fairly recently that I discovered that there was a Beardless Iris Society,… Read More

Long term readers will recall that I have an interest in fast cars especially vintage cars; they speak to the romantic in me. Strangely in a moment of serendipity on a visit to a local plant retailer earlier this week we happened upon a flyer for the inaugural Bromyard Speed Festival.  With the event being free and only some 30 minutes from home there was no question over whether we would go…. Read More

I can’t remember when I first became aware of the existence of St Michael’s Mount but it was a long time ago.  It spoke to my child’s imagination and curiosity.  Despite many visits to Cornwall over the years I have never really been in the right area or with the right people.  This year I realised that St Michael’s Mount, and St Ives another on the list, were very do-able and yesterday… Read More

Trebah is one of those archetypal Cornish grand gardens which start up high on a headland and work their way down through large plantings to an estuary.  I have to say that having visited Heligan a number of times and Coleton Fishacre my enthusiasm wasn’t that high.  Don’t get me wrong they are very nice but it gets a little repetitive plus Trebah’s website was very family friendly with zip wires and… Read More

March will be a month full of events associated with wildlife gardening thanks to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWF). The Trust is devoting the whole month to promoting gardening to attract wildlife into your garden and has the support of Alan Titchmarsh; who when opening the RBC Rain Garden at WWT London Wetland Centre, September 2010 said “A garden without wildlife is like  kiss without a squeeze”. I couldn’t agree more… Read More