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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
Thanks again to Steve Richter for sitting in for me - doing a great job. Heart of the Country - Paul McCartney From the album: Wingspan I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits From the album: Herman's Hermits Jive Talkin’... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The BritMix
Well, that was a surprise. Last Sunday morning, March 30th… Sitting at my desk… Chest pain… Heart attack! Off to the hospital in the ambulance… Sirens... Catheterization… Clear the blockage, put in a stent, off to bed for recovery. First... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thank you so much to Steve Richter for sitting in on the show at short notice tonight. I was in hospital for a few days, but am now back home and doing well. Steve will be entertaining you with his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at The BritMix
A few days ago we returned from Tampa, FL following the World Premiere of the movie Lies I Told My Little Sister – written by my wife judy! – at the Gasparilla Film Festival. And what a treat it all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Special "new music from old favorites" pledge drive edition. Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to the station during this drive. I Can't Explain - The Who From the album: The Ultimate Collection She Does It Right... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The BritMix
Great news today! I’m delighted to announce that today sees the start of another new venture for me, my own pages on the Organic Gardening magazine website – Graham Rice @ Organic Gardening. Every week I’ll be writing about perennials... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Tonight, a special show marking St Patriock’s Day (which was yesterday) and featuring singers and bands from Northern Ireland. Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones From the album: The Undertones Teenage Kicks - The Undertones From the album: The Undertones Cover... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The BritMix
You're right, Lesley, eight months of colour from one easy little plant is remarkable, isn't it?! And so many people still know cyclamen only as the indoor pot plant that they kill by overwatering! Well, they should try this one.
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Thanks, Lesley, I appreciate our comments. Ever since I worked on the rock garden and in the alpine house at Kew so many years ago I've enjoyed alpines. And you mention Ian Young's Bulblog ( which this month, as it happens, features Eranthis. You're right, this too is a very valuable practical resource for bulb growers.
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For most readers of Transatlantic Gardener, spring is here or it’s on the way – and, in spring, a gardener’s attention turns to… rock plants. And for the serious alpine plant nut, there’s nowhere more interesting to go than the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Tonight… the connections between Peter Frampton and Rod Stewart via The Small Faces, Corinne Bailey Rae covers Jimi Hendrix, there's three bands from the north east of England plus new music from Eddi Reader and from a young bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The BritMix
Time for a look at another Powerhouse Plant, these are Plants For All Seasons - individual varieties which bring colour and interest to the garden for at least two seasons of the year. I feature over five hundred of them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Celebrating the winners of the 2014 BBC Folk Music Awards. There'a a full list of winners and finalists on the BBC Folk Awards website. Save The Bees – Lau From the album: Race the Loser Two Ravens - Lisa Knapp... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at The BritMix
Actually, Chris, while Sean is right about the classification of Ginkgo, the experts are not 100% agreed as to whether Ginkgo is truly a conifer or not. But it's been treated as a conifer for so long - and is included in the huge conifer encyclopedia that I reviewed here recently ( - that it seems convenient to continue to treat as such. And, after all, we've had quite enough other changes in classification to deal with recently so it's good to be able to leave this unchanged.
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Plant society websites are sometimes - well, how shall we put it? – not very tempting, especially those of smaller societies. So, when I heard that the American Conifer Society had totally revamped its site, I gave it a little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Winter Is Blue - Vashti Bunyan From the album: Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind Cover Story Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears From the album: Oops I Did It Again Cover Story Oops I Did It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at The BritMix
Another chance to hear the Second Girl Power Special (with the old theme tune!) - while I nurse my flu. Normal service will be resumed next time. Cosmic Love - Florence And The Machine From the album: Lungs You Know... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The BritMix
Yes, constantly wet soil is so often more of a problem than cold. As with so may of the colourful hybrid echinaceas, good drainage is more important to winter survival than anything else. But even if hardiness is a little doubtful, these begonias make spectacular summer foliage plants for large containers. I look forward to the results of the development work you mention.
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Last time I took a look at new foliage begonias from the US, that I expect British gardeners will be seeing soon. This time – it’s the other way round… new British begonias that North American gardeners should have on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
There are about nine hundred species of begonias, so it’s hardly surprising that they’re so important to gardeners. And on both sides of the Atlantic new begonias are arriving fast. In the States, it’s mainly foliage types to grow outside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Wintertime - Clive Gregson From the album: Long Story Short Turning Up The Heat - Any Trouble From the album: Where Are All The Nice Girls? Crawling from the Wreckage - Dave Edmunds From the album: The Best of Dave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at The BritMix
Trees in town and city environments take quite a punishment. Compaction, bad drainage, irregular moisture supply, lack of light, heavy pruning and training, root damage from construction – it’s amazing that so many do so well. But the correct management... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Goodness! Time flies when you're having fun. But it's time again to set out the work that I've had published online recently, all the titles are linked so that you can hop over and take a look. Here on my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Transatlantic Gardener
Coldest Winter - Al Stewart & Dave Nachmanoff From the album: Uncorked Billy Bragg interviewed by Amy Goodman Watch it at The Internationale - Billy Bragg From the EP: The Internationale Waist Deep In The Big Muddy - Dick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The BritMix
I remember a great visit to Swine's Meadow not so long ago, and I see you have a good range of hellebores this year.
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