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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 Christmas Roses with which one meets in the majority of gardens are not white, but pink, or more or less suffused with pink or dirty purple.” - so said The Garden magazine in 1878. Really? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Transatlantic Gardener
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Coleus are enjoying a spectacular - and well deserved - revival. And while Dibleys in the UK and Glasshouse Works in the USA have kept the old favorites available for many years, amazing new varieties of coleus in even more colors and color combinations, from seed and from cuttings, are now being introduced at an astonishing rate. There are even coleus for hanging baskets. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Transatlantic Gardener
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As you take time off over the holiday season, here's some reading to set you up for the best of this season in the garden. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Our movie, Lies I Told My Little Sister, is available for streaming. Ideal take-a-break viewing over the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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The mild Pennsylvaniua fall and early winter has given us some lovely treats in the garden and in the wild. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Garden books for holiday gifts. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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It’s been an unusually mild late fall and early winter on both sides of the Atlantic, two plants stood out in England. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
I'm sorry, Alice, I haven't found a US source for Prunus spinosa. But if you send your mailing address to me at graham@grahamrice.com in the next two or three days I'll collect some fruits from an English hedgerow and send them to you.
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Now that the autumn leaves have fallen, the scarlet fruits of the English hedgerow are revealed, Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Thanks, I'll check out Des Kennedy. Have to say that it was reading Christopher Lloyd's Foliage Plants that first made me realize that gardening books could be funny...
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2015 on Funny gardening books at Transatlantic Gardener
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Thank you everyone... I have a copy of Yew and Non-Yew somewhere but can't seem to spot it at the moment... Reginald Arkell's Green Fingers is one I don't know so I'll be looking it out. I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of Beverly Nichols although I remember visiting his garden in London when I was too young to know what I was looking at.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2015 on Funny gardening books at Transatlantic Gardener
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Some comic gardening books are funny, some - not so much. Here's two of each. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Yes, it's great to see the start of the film - it sets everything up for later.
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Lies I Told My Little Sister, the movie written by my wife judywhite and starring Lucy Walters, Ellen Foley, Alicia Minshew and Donovan Patton is released for streaming and on DVD. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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Review of a very impressive book, The Irish Garden by Jane Powers with photography by Jonathan Hession. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Good to hear that you like them, I'd definitely suggest trying some of the new named varieties as they're definitely an improvement over the old varieties and over seed-raised forms.
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Barnhaven Primroses, in France, introduce some lovely new primulas from Japan - and they'll send them to North America and anywhere in Europe. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Well, you clearly have experience of London gardens, Victoria, as I can see from your Great Gardens of London which arrived yesterday. (Though I'm not sure about relegating Kew to the also rans...) The new US PR person for Frances Lincoln certainly seems to have upped their game, thank goodness.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2015 on Books with a local focus at Transatlantic Gardener
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News of an uplifting new anthology on depression, suicide, and feeling blue, edited by our friend Amy Ferris. It includes a moving and funny essay from my wife judy. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
I'm told that the London book is on its way to me, Victoria, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it. Where next? The Gardens of Hampshire? Devon? Remember that series of books focused on small groups of English counties, from ?thirty years ago? No colour: that was the problem with them, as I recall.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2015 on Books with a local focus at Transatlantic Gardener
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I agree, Beth, The Irish Garden is really excellent (review coming here next month). In spite of asking, the publisher never sent me the Cotswolds book so I can't review it properly. Publishers seem to be cutting back on their PR, which accounts for the fact that so many US authors are hiring their own PR people - whose fees come out of much reduced royalty rates compared with a few years ago. Hmmm... Even publishers whose books I've enthused about fail to send review copies of their latest publications, or even information. Glad to hear your enthusiasm for British garden books - I'll be sure to ask that you receive copies of my next books. Who knows, they might even send them?
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2015 on Books with a local focus at Transatlantic Gardener
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On the whole it's locally focused books on plants and gardening that have a limited wider appeal while locally focused books on gardens can spark a much broader broader interest. Techniques and plant choice are affected more by local factors than design and colour planning. This is why British books that focus on gardening techniques are unsuited to the US market while books about plants, with appropriate editing, travel far better. Top of the list, by the way, Victoria says, was The Yellow Book (the annual guide to English gardens open for charity) while second is James Wong's Grow For Flavour, published by Mitchell Beazley and the Royal Horticultural Society. amazon.co.uk has a completely different list: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Sellers-Books-Gardening/zgbs/books/271745/
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2015 on Books with a local focus at Transatlantic Gardener
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Discussion and reviews of five locally focused garden and plant books. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
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New research shows that non-native plants are just as valuable to pollinating insects as native species. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Transatlantic Gardener
Gram Parsnip... Very drole... Actually, it turns out that the 'Sweetheart Of The Patio' tomato is only known by that name in the US. In Britain it's known by its original name of 'Losetto'. We can guess which sells the best...
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2015 on Plant names with a groan at Transatlantic Gardener
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