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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
Wow! That's good to know... These Kew books are certainly very impressive - and have been since (dare I say it) I was involved in their publication decades ago!
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In the garden, a European Corydalis species is slow to spread. In New York and elsewhere, an Asian Corydalis species is worrying invasive plant experts. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Transatlantic Gardener
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Review, by Graham Rice, of the book The Genus Meconopsis by Christopher Grey-Wilson. "The triumphant culmination of a lifetime of study." Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
I think the point was to tax industrial and agricultural water use, not domestic water supplies. Interestingly, we pay about $800 a year for home water (and sewage) for our two bedroom cottage in England...
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Interesting solution, Beth, except that a free market in water might well result in the agricultural corporations with all the clout manipulating the system to their own advantage - same as in other markets. Here's another option I've heard: tax the use of the water, which will reduce consumption, and use the revenue to make grants to the water utilities to mend the leaks in their pipes. Interesting...
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Watering lettuce uses the same amount of water as watering golf courses and why we should all give up using spinklers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Yes, I thought the de-salination was an especially good part. Have to say, I was fooled at first. It wasn't till I was exchanging emails with T&M about the variety of viola in the baskets that I cottoned on. But whoever had the idea deserves a bonus! And yes, Dermot, they really should actually do it!
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To celebrate their 160th anniversary, British seed and plant company have hung 160 baskets of their new pansy 'Waterfall' on either side of a bridge near their Suffolk headquarters. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The five volume classic Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles by W. J. Bean is now available free online. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Yes, theatrics... Everything seemed connected to Disney. OK, I'm sure they paid well for the privilege - but still. Whatever happened to the idea that the point of a flower show is - well, flowers! But, if you hold a flower show in winter, flowers are going to be in short supply in spite of the skills of local growers forcing plants in their greenhouses. At least the plant competition - The Hamilton Horticourt I 'm sorry to say it was called - continued the tradition of showing good specimens of interesting plants.
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Thanks, Michael. I'm amazed they let dogs into the show. With such crowds you'd be sure someone would trip over a leash and then the lawyers would take over... I can't see the Chelsea Flower Show allowing dogs in, thank goodness, or vodka promotions! So sorry not to have bumped into you
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At Chelsea the emphasis is very much on the floral displays and their plants, and the show gardens. There's certainly a large number of "trade stands" - sales booths - and there's even an award for the best. But no one selling river cruises and beach holidays in the sun. At Britain's Hampton Court show in July, where the site is much much larger, there are far more trade stands but these are in addition to the superb floral and garden displays and not instead of them.
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A black orchid, Dan Aykroyd promoting vodka, and more shopping than flowers at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Enthusiasm for the best of all viburnums for berries, Viburnum betulifolum. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
You're right, Joan, WFF may have bought their stock from another grower in good faith, and that grower may even have bought in young plants to grow on themselves. And I know the degree to which the leaves cling can vary a little from year to year. But the plant I bought was probably three or four years old so someone should have noticed that they were wrongly named, surely...
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The Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley and Chris Lane's book solve the mystery of a witch hazel impostor. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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News of the naming of a new hybrid sweet pea and the arrival of amazingly long stemmed cut flower sweet peas. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Bananas and other subtropical plants protected from winter frost at the RHS Garden, Wisley. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks, Stephanie. It's an exciting ride, and it's not over yet!
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The European premiere of Lies I Told My Little Sister written by judywhite and with a cameo fropm Graham Rice. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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New varieties of Bidens (tickseed) for baskets have unique new colors. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
So glad you're enjoying Garden Flowers From seed after all these years. My view on crocks is that if the pot has a small hole at the bottom, or a number of small holes, which will let excess water out but through which the soil won't fall - then don't bother. If the pot has a large hole through which soils will wash out along with excess moisture then you need something to keep the soil in the pot. Part of an old clay pot with a curve to it (curve upward) is ideal, or years ago it was possible to buy sheets of fine mesh which could be laid over the hole. Hope this helps.
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Thank you Beth, Mike... Happy New Year!
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A scene on the River Nene in Northamptonshire viewed in video through the twelve months of the year. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Warmest wishes for the New Year from Graham Rice's Transatlantic Gadener blog. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener