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Flowers from the garden: July 2008

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Flowers from the garden: July 2008

I haven’t bought flowers for the cottage since January 2007. This has saved money and fast tracked the development of the herbaceous borders. Although we have now have quite a wide range of plants that flower in July, I’ve chosen an edible posy of flowers for this month’s entry. Nasturtiums and feverfew. I’ve always had a soft spot for nasturtiums ever since I spotted that the guinea pigs in a Beatrix Potter story were using them as parasols. We have nasturtiums growing in the kitchen garden. John Coe thinks that...

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2008

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2008

Home after a twelve hour round trip, tired yet exuberant. There’s nothing like a day at the flower show for recharging your batteries. Our big UK flower shows are massive in every sense of the word. Tickets are booked months before and the day shimmers in the distance. A best day out, looked forward to and then treasured for months afterwards. Guaranteed to be packed with memories. Two days of the show are reserved for just RHS members (UK Royal Horticultural Society) but I like going on the days when the gates are opened to the great...

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Flowers from the garden: July

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Flowers from the garden: July

I still haven’t bought any flowers this year. Now there are loads of flowers in the garden it is not quite so hard to roll the trolley past the flower displays in the supermarket. Although when there are those large bunches of sweet smelling stocks the trolley often makes a small veer towards the buckets. I picked this bunch early in July. Sometimes I don’t worry about clashing colours I just want to smell roses when I open the kitchen door. The scent of these was so sweet. Most of the roses are modern roses that were here in the...

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