Friends and anemones

As the soil warms up in spring, many small bulbs spring up and flower, and among these are the anemones. Planted in the autumn, these grow from unpromisingly looking bits of twig which may have the odd bit of dried root attached. Which way up should they go – it doesn’t matter, the plant ¬†will […]

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“One for sorrow, two for joy …” begins a rhyme about magpies. But the solitary magpie in my garden has been giving me joy for over ten yeas now – stachyurus ‘Magpie.’ Stachyurus are shrubs of woodland, flowering in early spring before the leaves emerge. The pale yellow blooms look like a cross between a […]

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