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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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Graham Rice's choice of gardening books for the holidays. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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
Thank you so much everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Transatlantic Gardener wins 2014 Garden Blog Of The Year at Britain's Garden Media Guild awards. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Clearly, Riz, you're a man of fine taste and discrimination! One of my favorites is Perdita which is not only missing from that super-scented list but they've stopped selling it!
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'Dainty Danglers', that's a great one! And thank you so much, Kalani, for the link to the Plant Heritage Threatened Plants Project. I'll be taking a look at this excellent scheme soon.
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Only a very small proportion of David Austin's English Roses are both strongly fragrant and recommended for both North America and Britain. If they're so adaptable, they'll thrive almost anywhere. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks so much, Jean, I appreciate it. And if there's anything you'd like me to discuss here - just ask...
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Where to find Graham Rice's writing on plants and gardens online. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
And here's a little something on 'Sungold'. Not sure if it's still the case, but it once held the record for the tallest tomato plant grown in Britain - 19.8m/65ft - and also the record for the most tomatoes harvested from one plant - 1000. The plant took fifteen months to grow so big.
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My dad used to grow 'Moneymaker' too. I always thought it was called 'Moneymaker' because the skins were so tough they were never damaged on the journey from the farm to the shop. They were certainly a little chewy, and didn't taste of much. But hardly anyone grows 'Moneymaker' any more although one or two UK seed companies still sell it.
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Tomato taste testing results for 2014 from California and from Oxfordshire. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Doing ebooks for different countries is a great idea. The one problem with ebooks about plants is that the color pictures are important but everyone has their monitors set on different settings. The result is that the pictures look slightly different on different monitors and screens.
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So, Paula, are you implying that it's a really bad idea to grow 'Nekkid Woman Frying Bacon' because it's not a very good variety? Or just remarking on the inadvisability of breakfast culinary nudity? It certainly looks extraordinary (the daylily, that is)... https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericinsf/9249817831/
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I see what you mean about Tom Burseen's irises, Carolyn. Some of their names are just, well, strange... Here's a selection: ‘And Kyler Too’, ‘Awful Purdy’, ‘Bad Bob’ Judy’ (yes, with the single quote in the middle), ‘Bingo Bango Bongo’, 'Cause For Pause', ‘Clearly Dearly Done’, ‘Coalignition’, ‘Cuz Ur Myon’, ‘Dewuc Whatic’ and then comes the very traditional ‘ Dorothy Parker’! You can see a huge range, and some are simply gorgeous, at http://tinyurl.com/BurseenIris
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Yes, Ian, that's fine. Thank you for asking. For those who don't know, The Sport is the twice-a-year journal of the Variegated Plants Group of the British Hardy Plant Society (http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/variegated/index.php) and well worth joining for anyone with the slightest interest in variegated plants.
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Four plant books from Timber Press on Dahlias, Snowdrops, Salvias and Sedums. The verdict? Good but flawed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks, Martyn. When my American relatives first visited us in England, there was a certain amount of hilarity at the sight of a pack in the supermarket freezer labeled "Faggots". A faggot is "traditionally made from pig's heart, liver and fatty belly meat or bacon minced together, with herbs added for flavoring and sometimes bread crumbs" says Wikipedia. Sounds ghastly, doesn't it! Meanwhile, back in the world of plants, here's a couple more odd variety names from my ever-lengthening list. There's a rose called 'Tipsy Imperial Concubine', a well scented, lemony pink Tea rose imported from China in the 1980s, and there's a pale pink rhododendron with the baffling name of 'Woody's Friggin Riggin'!
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And here's a whole load of daylilies I just come across: 'Lavender Panties', 'Pink Panties', 'Pantie Raid', 'Panties in a Knot', 'Panties in the Wind', 'Don't Touch Me There', 'Long Legged Lap Dancer', 'Nude Yoga', 'We Dare to Bare'. Hmmm... All, apparently, introduced by Curt Hansen from Ohio...
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