Doddington Place Gardens

Near Sittingbourne, Kent.

All you need to know about Sweet Peas – Top tips for growing this ravishing flower.

Posted: October 15th, 2014

Philip Johnson of wwww.johnsonssweetpeas .co.uk has been captivated by sweet peas ever since his childhood. ’I first grew them when I was 9 years old’. A doyen of sweet pea aficionados Philip is extraordinarily knowledgeable about sweet peas and more than happy to share his tips for growing this beguiling flower.  A bunch of sweet peas

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Glorious PYO English Flowers in the heart of Kent.

Posted: October 1st, 2014

‘Pick your own flowers’ is a beguiling idea. High up on the greensand ridge above the Kentish Weald near Maidstone, Kent, ‘Blooming Green (www.bloominggreen.co.uk)’ is England’s only ‘PYO’ cut flower business. Not surprisingly it is extraordinarily popular. The day I visited there were several extremely happy looking mothers with smiling children going home clutching splendid bunches of brightly

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Offbeat Flowers: Gardening in the Hebrides

Posted: September 1st, 2014

As one drives along the West Coast of the ravishing Isle of Mull it is hard to concentrate on the single track road ahead let alone spot the passing places for cars, such is the sheer beauty of the landscape.  But I defy any garden loving tourist visiting Mull not to be stopped in their

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Window Dressing in SW1

Posted: August 8th, 2014

Any gardener pounding the streets of London is heartened by the sight of floral displays in whatever form they take.  Recently I wandered around the white stucco terraces of Pimlico designed by Thomas Cubitt in the 19th century to see what I could find spilling out of window boxes.  As anyone knows window boxes must look good

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Parham’s glorious flower arrangements worthy of Downton Abbey

Posted: July 9th, 2014

A thrilling highlight amongst the many memorable features of Parham House in West Sussex www.parhaminsussex.co.uk are the exquisite floral arrangements found in the rooms open to the public.  Unlike other stately homes where a potted geranium or two, or even, dare I say it, a forlorn vase of silk flowers is the norm, flower arrangements a

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