The Wondrous World of Dahlias

The Wondrous World of Dahlias

If you’ve never grown dahlias before and want to give it a try, watch out, it’s addictive. But what a brilliant addiction! The plant was named after the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, who lived in the mid-1700’s, although it is originally from Mexico. It is the...
Happy Halloween in the Garden

Happy Halloween in the Garden

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots and that Samhain itself was Christianised as Halloween by the early...
Autumn Is Just Around the Corner

Autumn Is Just Around the Corner

‘Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.’ – George Eliot Isn’t this the most magical description of autumn? Traditionally it is a period of change leading up to the darkness...
Rare Tulips of Amsterdam

Rare Tulips of Amsterdam

Tulips from Amsterdam. We all know that saying, and the song. Holland, more specificallyAmsterdam, is unquestionably the capital of tulip bulbs.  You may even have visited the famous gardens of Keukenhof in the spring,along with hundreds of thousands of other visitors...