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I’ve never cut Forsythia for the house before and I really pleased I have chosen it for this week’s Monday Vase post. My forsythia bush is to be pitied.  It grows right up against the fence and has struggled for years in the shadow of a large sycamore in my neighbour’s garden.  With their clearing of the boundary more light has flooded in and with the removal of the sycamore the competition… Read More

I know it isn’t considered very fashionable but I rather like Mahonias particularly at this time of year when they come into their own. Mahonias come from north and central America and East Asia, particularly the rocky and woodland areas.  They were named after Bernard M’Mahon, an Irish political refugee, who opened a seed shop in Philidelphia and published the American Gardeners Calendar in 1806. Mahonia xMedia ‘Charity’ was bought from Ashwood… Read More