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Graham Rice
Pennyslvania USA, and Nothamptonshire, UK
I'm a garden writer, plantsman and photographer.
Interests: Apart from plants and gardens? Wildlife, reading just about anything, music of all kinds from Stravinsky to punk, my music radio show (The BritMix), fishing, movies, ceramics and glass of the 1950s and 1960s, art...
Recent Activity
I know... The only way we can grow phlox in PA is behind a deer fence, although I know a couple of places it grows happily without a fence - both on roadsides where deer numbers are thinned by passing traffic...
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2017 on New ways with phlox at Transatlantic Gardener
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The tall and colorful American native summer phlox, Phlox paniculata, has been popular for more than a hundred years. Now breeders are working to improve its mildew resistance, sometimes adding different species to the mix. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Since the chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, began to be widely grown in the 1980s we’ve all assumed two things: that it was extinct the wild and that there was only one clone grown which never set any seed. Well, that’s what the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and others told us. They even participated in a plan to reintroduce it... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
It's a great song, isn't it. The fox, in calling for a pen to write his will as he faces the end, acquires a special dignity - in particular because he leaves his worldly goods to those hunting him.
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An unexpected crop of red campion, Silene dioica, found in a field near the historic English village of Fotheringhay. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks, Jean, I always like to get hidden truths out there...
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News of the 30th Anniversary edition of the Royal Horticultural Society Plant Finder with new insight into its history. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Roadsides, on both sides of the Atlantic, are unexpectedly rich plant habitats featuring orchids and other unusual and attractive wildflowers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The first foxglove hybrid was said to have been made in 1825 with a gloxinia as the other parent! Now, many new, interesting - and genuine - foxglove hybrids are arriving. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Good to know that seed from Baker Creek arrives in Ireland OK, so the UK should also be OK (for the time being, at least...)
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It's not too late to order seeds and plants by mail order from the 2017 catalogs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Not sure which links you mean, seaninsussex. The listen links work fine.
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You're right, Beth, annuals are often the most dependable as plants to grow in a wide variety of different climates (and continents). Summer is always summer. And hardy annuals, grown from seed, that thrive in Britain and in Iowa and in relatively cool parts of the US will grow well in many southern states when sown in fall to flower in spring.
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Do plant trials on one side of the Atlantic have any value to gardeners on the other side? Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The secret of the whistling snowdrop is revealed! With more from the 2016 RHS Daffodil, Snowdrop and Tulip Year Book. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Baby blue eyes, Nemophila menziesii, comes in an unexpected range of colors - including a new pure white. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
My apologies... This is the link to the 17 January show: http://www.wjffradio.org/parchive/mp3/170117_190000monkeys.MP3
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Thank you, Kathy, that's fascinating. And just shows how precarious the existence of some of these old varieties has been. Thank goodness for your dad and for the work of the Heritage Seed Library (https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl ) and the Henry Doubleday Research Association (now Garden Organic https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk ).
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on The Year Of The Bean! at Transatlantic Gardener
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Some Victorian petunias have been re-invented for modern times, some have not. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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In 2017's Year Of The Bean, the first variety that came to mind was one grown mainly for its flowers, and not its bans. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice selects two perennials to look out for in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice chooses two new shrubs to look out for in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part five, features a unique new form of a unique primula. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Glad you like it, Luise. And at this time of year its pale branches stand out very effectively against an evergreen background.
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part four, features a lovely long flowering variegated hibiscus for small gardens. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener