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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 first foxglove hybrid was said to have been made in 1825 with a gloxinia as the other parent! Now, many new, interesting - and genuine - foxglove hybrids are arriving. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Transatlantic Gardener
Good to know that seed from Baker Creek arrives in Ireland OK, so the UK should also be OK (for the time being, at least...)
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It's not too late to order seeds and plants by mail order from the 2017 catalogs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Not sure which links you mean, seaninsussex. The listen links work fine.
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You're right, Beth, annuals are often the most dependable as plants to grow in a wide variety of different climates (and continents). Summer is always summer. And hardy annuals, grown from seed, that thrive in Britain and in Iowa and in relatively cool parts of the US will grow well in many southern states when sown in fall to flower in spring.
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Do plant trials on one side of the Atlantic have any value to gardeners on the other side? Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The secret of the whistling snowdrop is revealed! With more from the 2016 RHS Daffodil, Snowdrop and Tulip Year Book. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Baby blue eyes, Nemophila menziesii, comes in an unexpected range of colors - including a new pure white. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
My apologies... This is the link to the 17 January show: http://www.wjffradio.org/parchive/mp3/170117_190000monkeys.MP3
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Thank you, Kathy, that's fascinating. And just shows how precarious the existence of some of these old varieties has been. Thank goodness for your dad and for the work of the Heritage Seed Library (https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl ) and the Henry Doubleday Research Association (now Garden Organic https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk ).
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on The Year Of The Bean! at Transatlantic Gardener
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Some Victorian petunias have been re-invented for modern times, some have not. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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In 2017's Year Of The Bean, the first variety that came to mind was one grown mainly for its flowers, and not its bans. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice selects two perennials to look out for in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice chooses two new shrubs to look out for in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part five, features a unique new form of a unique primula. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Glad you like it, Luise. And at this time of year its pale branches stand out very effectively against an evergreen background.
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part four, features a lovely long flowering variegated hibiscus for small gardens. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part three, features a unique Heucherella for containers and borders. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part two, features the first (almost) white Calendula. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Graham Rice's plants of the year, part one, features a unique Argyranthemum hybrid for containers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thank you so much, Ed. And I wish you and yours are restful and contented holiday season.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2016 on New kind of Christmas tree at Transatlantic Gardener
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A few days ago we went out to buy our Christmas tree. After five stops at different places we finally found one we were happy with and were told it was a Canaan Fir, a hybrid between the balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and the Fraser fir (Abies fraseri). I’d never heard of it so when we got home I looked... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The big fat new book, entitled 1001 Plants You Must Grow Before You Die in Britain, and called 1001 Plants To Dream Of Growing in North America, is packed with great plant stories and great pictures. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thank you so much, Beth. At present I'm thinking about the new English garden from 3000 miles away here in the Pennsylvania snow.
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Thank you, Luise... Some plant book gift ideas coming up...
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