Edging to spring…

Wandering around the garden, looking in despair at the number of things I should be getting on with before winter arrives, suddenly I saw something to take my breath away. Earlier in the year I planted a paper bush, Edgeworthia chrysantha, which has been steadily growing and is obviously happy in its new home. but…

The trees that survived Hiroshima…

When the unthinkable happened and the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945, more than 100,000 people died. The city of Hiroshima was reduced to radioactive rubble and somehow, beyond all of the odds 170 trees survived the blast. Since 2011, a group have been nurturing seeds from the survivor trees and…

A new challenge

I have just set myself an interesting challenge on The Plant Enthusiast website. The challenge is everything down to just 100. I am trying to define my top 100 Perennials, Tropical Plants, Trees and Shrubs. It is easy at the start, but as the places fill up, I think there may be some difficult choices…

New Talk available from June 2014

“Gardening on the edge – Coastal Plants and Gardens” is the name of Doug’s New talk, which is suitable for general interest groups such as WIs and Ladies Luncheon Clubs, as well as Gardening Clubs. Doug is currently reclaiming his garden after letting his house out for a few years, his new garden will have…