‘Dancing’ for a single day!


Gardeners who appreciate Hemerocallis, daylilies, sometimes feel alienated. They grow, love and admire these easy, reliable, varied and stunningly beautiful plants, but find that most other gardeners despise them! Nurserymen who offer the plants are familiar with the disdainful tone of voice when potential customers say ‘Oh no, I’ve got the yellow one’, or ‘They’re […]

Somerset’s County Flower – the Cheddar Pink


There are three little pinks which are sometimes listed as British wild flowers, but are more often seen in gardens. Two of them, Dianthus caryophyllus (Clove Pink) and D.plumarius, have a long and complicated garden history and are in the ancestry of many modern pinks and carnations. Wild on the Continent, they were brought in […]

There’s a silver lining…


Euphorbia characias, in spite of embarrassing moments trying to guess the pronunciation of its name, is one of the best known and most handsome of our garden Spurges. The statuesque plants have architectural value throughout the year, and the late winter moment when new, lime-green flower heads open above the bluish evergreen foliage is always […]

Somerset Spring Comforts


Continuing the series on plants with West Country associations, Rosemary FitzGerald looks at the little flowers known by many gardeners as ‘Soldiers and Sailors’. P.Elworthy Candy’ the softest sugar pink, set in milk-chocolate coloured bracts Pulmonaria Lungworts have a long history in our gardens. The unappealing common name comes from the ‘doctrine of signatures’, when in […]