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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...
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You're very welcome, Ivor, it's a great album.
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The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best exhibit in the Great Pavilion at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show was awarded to Ashwood Nurseries. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
Well, that's exact;y the point. It's held in a great growing area and so it should host a fine flower show. BTW I've today received a copy of Robin Parer's new book: The Plant Lover's Guide to Hardy Geraniums. Review coming after I've read it and the three other new titles in the series.
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Three interesting roadside plants spotted in Northamptonshire. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
That's an interesting question, Simon. I don't think there is. The closest I can think of is that the yellow skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is colourful native in wet places in our part of Pennsylvania and I've planted it along our little stream. But in Britain it's classed as a dangerous invasive and planting it has now been banned. There are also plants like dandelions which are nasty weeds on both sides. Having been taken across from Europe by settlers dandelions now spread as prolifically in US gardens as they do in the UK.
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No, not throwing out the pressed weeds...
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Of course, everything at Kew is cultivated to the highest possible standard - even the weeds. But, as it happens, thjs specimen of hairy bitter cress was collected, according to the label, from waste land in nearby Richmond.
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Graham Rice's four rules on weeding. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
What I thought was interesting about this guest post was that this is the view not of a Brit who's seen hundreds of English flower shows, but of a young American looking for ideas and inspiration - and not finding very much. Are garden railways and aged balsamic vinegar really going to inspire people to make more of their outdoor space?
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Too many sales booths and not enough flowers and gardens at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
I suppose there's no reason why British gardeners shouldn't tap sugar maples, Jean, except that it's a tree seen far less often in Britain than in North America. Any Brits tapping sugar maples? And yes, boiling down birch sap in the kitchen is going to take a while... And make a lot of steam!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2016 on Sycamore? Or sycamore? at Transatlantic Gardener
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The sycamore in America is a very different tree from the sycamore in Britain. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
That's very interesting, Matt, thank you. Good advice about choosing individual specimens carefully. I remember when I visited Bob Brown's nursery in Worcestershire UK a few years ago (http://justmust.co.uk and http://www.cgf.net) when the Echinacea craze was getting started, he had most of his perennials in pots standing out on stock beds in the usual way. But the pots of echinaceas he had standing up off the ground on slats so that excess moisture could drain away easily. It made a huge difference.
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A species of Pelargonium native to New Zealand has been found in Britain for the first time. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
They'll be turning up amongst the offerings from more commercial growers this year and in more retail nurseries and garden centres... Enthusiasm is definitely on the up.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2016 on The coleus revival at Transatlantic Gardener
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The trouble is, Jacki, that in the sort of season we've had, even if the soil usually drains well if it's frozen a few inches down drainage is blocked.
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Sorry, Ruth. The link went to the right place but, yes, the wording was wrong. Now corrected.
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Well, Kathryn, echinaceas that are more or less pure E. purpurea and not hybrids - 'Magnus Improved', 'Elton Knight', 'Kim's Knee High' - are definitely more resilient and in gardens without the penetrating frost we have here in PA often do well in a raised bed.
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Echinaceas, coneflowers, will die during the winter if soil drainage is poor. This is how it happens. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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After decades of dedicated work, new varieties of reticulata irises from Canada are now becoming available in Europe and North America. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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“The Christmas Roses with which one meets in the majority of gardens are not white, but pink, or more or less suffused with pink or dirty purple.” - so said The Garden magazine in 1878. Really? Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Coleus are enjoying a spectacular - and well deserved - revival. And while Dibleys in the UK and Glasshouse Works in the USA have kept the old favorites available for many years, amazing new varieties of coleus in even more colors and color combinations, from seed and from cuttings, are now being introduced at an astonishing rate. There are even coleus for hanging baskets. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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As you take time off over the holiday season, here's some reading to set you up for the best of this season in the garden. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Our movie, Lies I Told My Little Sister, is available for streaming. Ideal take-a-break viewing over the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The mild Pennsylvaniua fall and early winter has given us some lovely treats in the garden and in the wild. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener