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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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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
Graham Rice's choice of gardening books for the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Well, Mark, so it's chicory and not dandelion at all! I should have bought some and tried it. Shouldn't just take their word for it.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on Supermarket surprises at Transatlantic Gardener
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Well, Jean, you have one hell of a fussy tortoise! I had an email from a reader suggesting that the lettuce was 'Merveille de Quatre Saisons' but that is larger and more crisp; this was noticeably short and fat, and soft too.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on Supermarket surprises at Transatlantic Gardener
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Dandelions on sale at the supermarket, but don't expect to be offered the senior's discount even if you're obviously a senior. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Blue poinsttias are a sin against nature - and will soon turn red, anyway. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Botanical science is the basis for all serious discussion of garden plants, the foundation for everything we know about the plants we grow. By classifying and describing our garden plants in an impartial scientific way, science provides a dependable basis... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks again for your good wishes, everyone, including former winners!
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The day the snow weighed down the fence and the deer got in. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener