Day 81: mulch

Nothing quite finishes off the beds and borders as winter turns to spring as a good thick covering of well-rotted organic mulch – which sounds disgusting, but looks rather better…

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Day 80: magnolia

Every garden, every street, should have a magnolia of some form or another. The various hybrids of Magnolia x soulangeana are the most commonly planted, and perhaps the small-tree’s most Insta-famous incarnation ever-since social media developed a love affair for this flamboyant symbol of spring’s arrival…

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Day 79: wood squill

Only a few inches high, the blue of a single wood squill (Scilla siberica) is enough to stop you in your tracks – a carpet of them would challenge our native bluebells…

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