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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
You're very welcome, Mahée. I have to say that checking the plants at dusk and collecting up any slugs you come across is a big help in reducing the problem.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2015 on Slug resistant hostas? at Transatlantic Gardener
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Are any hostas really slug resistant? Here are some suggestions. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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A leading botanist wants to change the botanical name for the Welsh poppy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thank you, T. And I'm sure visitors to the show appreciate Mrs Hamilton's generosity. But unfortunately the name chosen to mark her donation is extremely unappealing and uninviting.
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Screenwriter and garden photographer judywhite finds a wonderful Georgia O'Keeffe painting on display in Walmart's Arkansas home town. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
And thank you, Diane, for your thought provoking comments. I'll try to go take a look at the local lettuce operation when it gets going - and report back.
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Thanks, Diane. Promoting local agriculture is of course ideal and I was interested to see the recent news of a big new glasshouse lettuce operation coming to our county in north east Pennsylvania - it's said it will employ 200 people! But the value of a local operation, using plentiful local water, must surely be set against the need for so much heat in what I think is zone 5. Plentiful water, low transport costs versus the emissions resulting from all that heat use. It's not that simple, is it...
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A Powerhouse Plant, that fulfils the ideal of multiseason colour promoted in Graham Rice's book Powerhouse Plants, wins the 2015 Plant Of The Year award at the Chelsea Flower Show. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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A look back at plants recently discussed on Graham Rice's RHS New Plants blog. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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 May 3, 2015 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