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Loire Part 2: Jardins Catwalk 2010

Posted on 26th July 2010

My favourite Chateau visit was to Chaumont-sur-Loire.  Yes, the chateau was fairytale, the setting on a hillside overlooking the Loire breathtaking, but it was the annual, 6 month long garden festival that got my juices going.  24 gardens situated in the grounds of the chateau, each different in style, but linked by a common theme.  [...]

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Loire Part 1: Time for a return to the Renaissance?

Posted on 14th July 2010

In a time of economic uncertainty and endless talk of ‘cut backs’ how uplifting it was to dream and get lost in the gardens from an age of flamboyance, style and confidence.

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Eye catching combos in ‘The June Borders’

Posted on 21st June 2010

This weekend I visited Nymans, a ruined mansion with gothic looking facades that provide a magical backdrop for it’s numerous gardens.   Now run by the National Trust, the passion for gardens and gardening on the site continues today and it is well worth a visit.

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Iris 'Blue shimmer'

The rainbow flower

Posted on 8th June 2010

The Iris…my flower of the moment, is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow and it is easy to see why. There are a vast array of flower colours throughout the species and even within the markings of a single flower.  If you are like me and love to have a kaleidoscope of colour [...]

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A helping hand for Chelsea 2010 ‘Best In Show’

Posted on 26th May 2010

An email from Andy Sturgeon a few weeks before his big win at Chelsea turned out to be the best offer I had in May.  Keen for Chelsea experience I had contacted Andy earlier in the year to volunteer my services, and forgotten all about it until receiving my call to arms.  Despite being a [...]

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