Day 54: flowering quince

Your mum may refer to the flowering quince as ‘Japonica’. Botanists would have you refer to these shrubs as Chaenomeles speciosa, or a hybrid between this and the actual Japanese quince Chaenomeles japonica…

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The Gardens, weeds & words podcast, Series 1 Episode 7

Each day now the sound of birdsong gets louder – spring is in the air, but we wait on the threshold, wondering if winter’s quite done with us yet. I can think of noone better to discuss seasonal living with than gardening writer Lia Leendertz, author of the hugely successful Almanac, a seasonal guide to 2019, and was delighted she could join me for this episode.

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Day 53: crocus

Snowdrops are terribly tasteful, and hellebores rather majestic. But crocuses are pure fun…

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