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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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I grew some of the new cosmos on my trial ground this summer - with mixed results, I have to say, although some of that was my own fault. These were the stars. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Transatlantic Gardener
Looking after the cut flowers is a more universal element than the growing side of things, and in a book that will be sold all over the US, and in the UK, perhaps that's an element that should have received more coverage. She must have done trials on precisely the correct stage at which to cut different varieties and how the long different varieties last in water, with and without flower food. The problem of growing methods in different areas/countries is not confined to cut flower books. Publishers of many garden books like to make the most of spending money on setting up all the full colour pages by selling the book everywhere - but not publishing separate editions with different texts. It's a sad part of the current economics of book publishing.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2017 on Grow, Cut, and Arrange at Transatlantic Gardener
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Growing your own cut flowers is becoming increasingly popular, here's a guide from an American pioneer that's also useful for British gardeners and growers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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A tasty apple, discovered growing by the side of the road, is one of the best recently introduced apple varieties. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Shasta daisies have come a long way in recent years, with developments on both sides of the Atlantic, and this year I’ve been looking at some of the recent introductions in my new trial garden. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
The book discusses some interesting research on coatings for walls to prevent ivy clinging and on how ivy influences building temperatures plus other issues related to ivy on walls. And there's a huge, fifteen page, bibliography. However, it's only fair to say that half the book is taken up with the species and cultivar descriptions.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2017 on Ivy: Friend or Foe? at Transatlantic Gardener
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Is ivy a must or a menace? An impressive new book provides the answers and also covers everything else you ever wanted to know about ivies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Heliopsis ‘Burning Hearts’ was the outstanding new perennial that I grew in my trial garden this year. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Back in March, I started to create a trial garden, a test garden if you like, in Northamptonshire. The idea was to grow new, recent and upcoming varieties so I can report on them from experience as well as grow cut flowers and vegetables. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. During winter, my friend and helper (and artist) Carol... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thank you Jeremy... You've reminded me to go in and edit the Wikipedia entry. When I have a moment...
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I know... The only way we can grow phlox in PA is behind a deer fence, although I know a couple of places it grows happily without a fence - both on roadsides where deer numbers are thinned by passing traffic...
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2017 on New ways with phlox at Transatlantic Gardener
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The tall and colorful American native summer phlox, Phlox paniculata, has been popular for more than a hundred years. Now breeders are working to improve its mildew resistance, sometimes adding different species to the mix. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Since the chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, began to be widely grown in the 1980s we’ve all assumed two things: that it was extinct the wild and that there was only one clone grown which never set any seed. Well, that’s what the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and others told us. They even participated in a plan to reintroduce it... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
It's a great song, isn't it. The fox, in calling for a pen to write his will as he faces the end, acquires a special dignity - in particular because he leaves his worldly goods to those hunting him.
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An unexpected crop of red campion, Silene dioica, found in a field near the historic English village of Fotheringhay. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks, Jean, I always like to get hidden truths out there...
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News of the 30th Anniversary edition of the Royal Horticultural Society Plant Finder with new insight into its history. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Roadsides, on both sides of the Atlantic, are unexpectedly rich plant habitats featuring orchids and other unusual and attractive wildflowers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Transatlantic Gardener
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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 Mar 16, 2017 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