AGAPANTHUS, derived from the Greek agapeo and anthos, translates as “the flower with which one is well pleased.” At this time of year, and stretching into autumn, there is certainly much to commend the African lily
FIVE years ago, I was camping in Villaines-les-Rochers, a village in the Loire valley famous for its basket-making. It was a sultry August evening, and our camper van was shrouded in a heady scent. In the hedge near by I found the source: a Japanese rose, Rosa rugosa.
I had previously dismissed the ...
I SUSPECT that as many worshippers cite going to church as a time to reflect as see it as a time to engage with others — and, of course, for most it is both. A similar spectrum is on show at the Chelsea Flower Show this week
THE garden centres are brimming with plants urging us to plant up our hanging baskets. Productive plants such as tomatoes can be just as ornamental in a display if you pick the right varieties, and, of course, give you an edible harvest
“A NORTH-COUNTRY saying is that parsley will grow best if sown by the lady of the house before 12 noon on Good Friday.” So quotes Roy Vickery in his Dictionary of Plant-Lore. Roy, a former curator of flowering plants at the Natural History Museum, believes parsley to be associated with more supersti...
DESPITE their association with savoury dishes, tomatoes are, of course, not a vegetable but a fruit — a mature plant ovary containing the seeds of the next generation
IN THE past, my work has included training community-garden volunteers. Sometimes, their expectations of the work involved needed retuning slightly
Jamie Cable on Christmas trees
Jamie Cable on preparing pots for winter
EUCALYPTUS, along with Leyland cypress, suffers from a bad reputation, reflects Jamie Cable
SEEDS, with their hidden potential for transformation, have always been a rich metaphor, writes Jamie Cable