Day 78: poet’s daffodil

Poet’s narcissus, or Pheasant eye (Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus) is not your typical daff – although it has a strong claim to being the oldest…

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Day 77: Hydrangea pruning

‘Off with their heads’. As if channelling the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, I find myself just now in the mood for a spot of decapitation, and I have the hydrangeas in mind…

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Day 76: ground elder

The emerging leaves of this humble relative of the carrot are enough to strike fear into the heart of many a gardener. Ground elder, or goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria) has a reputation as a tricky, invasive customer…

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Day 75: daffodils

I have to ease myself in gently to daffodil season. I find many of them hard to love in spite of their unpretentious bonhomie, but I’m learning to appreciate an elongated trumpet here, a graceful, recurved petal there…

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Day 74: rabbit attack

Gardeners and rabbits rarely coexist in harmony, and while there’s no denying their cuteness, they don’t half munch through your plants…

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Day 73: paeony buds

All winter long I’ve been galumphing merrily across the borders, working from boards most of the time…

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Day 71: the mark of cane

In the borders, we’re enjoying the calm before the storm – old stems cut down, shabby leaves pulled away, all the remnants of last year’s garden carted off to the compost…

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Day 69: ground ivy

The evergreen ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is beginning to flex its muscles in beds, borders and lawns…

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Day 68: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

For years I put up with an inferior euphorbia. Don’t ask me why. I’d meant to plant Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

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Day 67: Begonia luxurians

Those who have a thing for plants will tell you, there are worse habits to have – it’s far easier on the pocket, for example, than a passion for vintage Porsches or posh handbags…

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Day 65: yew pollen

I happened to glance at my yew hedge the other day, only to see it surrounded by a golden haze, shifting in the breeze…

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Day 63: purple-leaved plum

Everyone should all plant a cherry tree, for the joy of its flowers in spring, and its shade in the summer…

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Day 62: perennial nettle

Forget the flowers – maybe the truest sign of spring’s arrival is that moment when the perennial nettles (Urtica dioica) begin to leaf up.

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Day 61: chilli seedlings

I’m a little behind with my chilli seedlings, only just sowing them now. There’s just time – chillies like a long season, and I would have been better off starting them off on a window ledge in February…

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Day 60: kentia palm

The change from winter to spring brings a tricky little step-change into the life of the houseplant collector..

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Day 59: Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis is one of that category of plants that usefully give you height, without completely obscuring your view…

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