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This blog is not about lawn care, double digging or when to plant your Brussels sprouts although I do grow vegetables and I do dig.

It is about sharing my love of beautiful plants and the ongoing pleasure and pain of trying to turn the overgrown, neglected acre round my sixteenth century cottage in rural Suffolk into a floral Paradise.

Gardeners are supposed to come in two categories: the collectors and the artists.   I try hard to reconcile my need to collect more and more plants with my desire to create beautiful garden pictures.

I invite you into my garden to see how I deal with my twin obsessions. I hope to show you some wonderful plants and to tell you how to grow them.   Sometimes I will share a peek at other gardens I visit.

I have no horticultural training but I have been gardening for more years than I’m prepared to mention here.

If you have any comments or suggestions I welcome them. Blogs are about sharing, and I hope, making new gardening friends.



28 Responses to About

  1. Annette says:

    This sounds all very promising! 🙂

  2. lizjwells46 says:

    Thank you for leaving a comment Annette. I enjoyed reading your blog.

  3. Gisou says:

    Sorry Chloris, my english is very bad. Twin obsessions ? I suffer from the same disease. This is serious doctor? thank you for visiting my blog, have a nice day !

  4. Robbie says:

    good you stopped by, I would of missed your beautiful garden! I love your about statement…so good to meet you and I agree with you about this…- “Gardeners are supposed to come in two categories: the collectors and the artists. I try hard to reconcile my need to collect more and more plants with my desire to create beautiful garden pictures” …I have run out of space over the years, but am so glad you have space to explore your passions…..I do find sometimes I have to say goodby to some plants that just don’t catch my eye anymore:-) or just are not providing for our space…it is an adventure and I have to admit these are my problems—I am a recovering plantaholic + I love to catch them in their beauty:-)

  5. Chloris says:

    You certainly do catch them in their beauty, your photographs are amazing.

  6. alderandash says:

    Great to meet another Suffolk gardener! I’m a relative novice, so will be stopping be for ideas and inspiration.

  7. Chloris says:

    Hello, how nice that you are gardening in Suffolk too. Thank you for the comment. I’m off to look at your blog now.

  8. Talitha says:

    Hi Chloris, I’m working on a brand new TV gardening series. I’d love to talk to you about the show to see if you’d be interested. Would you mind dropping me a quick email? Thank you!

  9. A lovely introduction to your blog, Chloris.

  10. Dear Chloris,
    Googling Dianthus ‘Dedham Beauty’ I happened on your blog. Thought you might like to know she has a daughter now. Well lots of them actually, but there’s one outstanding one called Dianthus ‘Dedham Dazzler’, so strong growing it thinks it’s a groundcover plant. Not available commercially yet, but would you like a plant of it? Come and see it growing perhaps, I think we don’t live far apart. Look forward to hearing from you. Alex Pankhurst

  11. Chloris says:

    Hello Alex, how nice to hear from you; sorry I didn’ t find your comment until now. We have actually met some years ago. You used to belong to the Garden Group, of which I am now Chairman.
    I have your books: ‘Scoffing The Primroses’ and ‘Who does your garden grow?’
    I would love a plant of ‘Whatfield Dazzler’ how kind of you. I have come across ‘ Whatfield Magenta and Whatfield Cancan but this one is a new one on me.
    I would love to come and see it growing and I would love it if you would come here and see my garden. Perhaps we could arrange it in the Spring when things are looking good again. I’ ll be in touch.

    • Hello Chloris,
      I will pot up a bit of Dianthus ‘Dedham Dazzler’ for you. It’s a really good plant, as I say a daughter of Dedham Beauty. Well perhaps it’s a son, it certainly has more vigour than any pink I’ve ever grown.
      And a reciprocal garden visit in the spring will be something to look forward to.
      All best, Alex

  12. Chloris, your garden is great! Just have a question about Tropaeolum tricolor. Bolivian Nasturtium you use for the background image, do you also grow this plant? Thanks!

  13. Chloris says:

    So sorry, you left this comment ages ago, and I have only just come across it. Yes I do grow this plant. I have some in a pot in the greenhouse and some outside in the protection of the wall.

  14. Ann-Marie says:

    I found your site because I was concerned that one of my crabapple ‘Donald Wyman’ might have something wrong with it because it’s leaves are smaller and sparser then the other four in my garden. I found your post on honey fungus interesting.

  15. Sam says:

    Hello Chloris. I’ve just had a read through your blog (came here via Sarah at Homeslip) and am very pleased to have found you. I’m new (4 months in) to blogging and have found a wealth of fascinating informative reads, beautiful photographs and lovely bloggers. It is wonderful to find more people to share a passion for gardening and plants with. Best wishes, Sam

  16. Dear Chloris: I couldn’t find a place to email you, so I’m sending my note here. For some reason, WordPress was having a glitch today and didn’t record my comment. Then it went through three times! So, please feel free to delete the extra comments as well as this one. I remain a great fan, and hope you will forgive me for the extra effort. Technology! ~Beth

  17. ericavaccari says:

    Hi Chloris! Just discovered your blog, it is wonderful! regards from Italy!

  18. Mal says:

    My name’s Mal, and I’m part of the Waltons blog team. We’ve been reading a lot of flow growers’ blogs lately – your Zinnias are so bright and colourful!

    In fact, we liked your blog so much we’ve featured it in our new ’18 fabulous flower blogs’ round-up which we’re publishing very soon.

    You’re in good company. All the featured bloggers here are highly dedicated gardeners, and the common theme I’ve found with you all is the love of working with plants and the earth, and sharing that with the wider world.

    I hope it’s ok to use the picture of your wonderful scarecrow from your blog – do let me know if there’s a better one you’d prefer (we do like to use pictures of people where possible, but understand if you would rather have the scarecrow, or flowers instead!):

    I’ll be sure to let you know when the post goes live.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments – it’s always good to hear back from our featured bloggers.

    All the very best,

    Waltons blog team

  19. Mal says:

    Hi Chloris,

    Just a quick line to let you know that our roundup of our top 18 top flower blogs, which you’re featured in, is now live at: https://www.waltons.co.uk/blog/18-fabulous-flower-blogs

    I hope you like the collection – if you do, please feel free to share it – your own audience may find something of interest there.

    If you’re a Twitter fan, you can send an easy tweet with this link: http://bit.ly/fabulous-flowers-twtr and if you prefer Facebook there’s a handy link here: http://bit.ly/fabulous-flowers-fb

    Thanks for continuing to be a fantastic part of the flower community, and I hope that future seasons prove fruitful and bounteous!

    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments – it’s always a pleasure to hear back from bloggers that we’ve reviewed.

    All the very best,

    Waltons blog team

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you very much for including me in your list. I read the post and see I am in the company of some of my favourite blogs. A bit embarrassing to see all their lovely portraits and I am represented by my scarecrow. She has had a makeover since that photo and now sports a long blond wig and a padded bra.

      • Mal says:

        Your scarecrow is magnificent!

        Happy to hear that she’s had a makeover, though – even scarecrows need a bit of love from time to time.

        Glad to know you’re happy with your inclusion, all the best for now.


  20. Mal says:

    Hi Chloris,

    I’m writing to let you know you’re nominated as one of the best flower bloggers in the Waltons Blog Awards 2017. Congratulations!

    Could you please be kind enough to drop me a line at blog@waltons.co.uk, and I’ll be able to give you more details?

    We’d be delighted for you to take part – and would really like your vote. If you have any questions, ask away.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    All the very best,

    Waltons blog

  21. mossfighter says:

    I much enjoy your blog and want to follow you but cannot find a follow button or any other means of following, would you point me in the right direction please?

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