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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Day 53: crocus

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

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Day 52: rhubarb

While everybody’s making enthusiastic noises about snowdrops and hellebores, and greeting the opening of every crocus with expressions of rapture, things in the veg garden are a little more quiet, though of no lesser consequence…

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