Transatlantic tomato taste tests 2014
Scented roses for Britain and North America

Read more from Graham Rice online and in print

My Plant Talk blog for Mr. Fothergill’sIt’s been a long while since I summarized where you can find more of my thoughts and recommendations online – and there are quite now a few options. So here goes.

Here on the Transatlantic Gardener blog
For gardeners on both sides of the Atlantic, a new post goes live every five to seven days.
Transatlantic tomato taste tests 2014
Reviews of books on Dahlias, Snowdrops, Salvias and Sedums
Spoons for escagots - and other whacky plant names
Hostas for late season leaf color

Plant Talk blog for Mr. Fothergill’s
Primarily for British readers, there’s a new post every Friday morning at 9am British time
Wildlife flowers to grow from seed
Time to plant ‘Timeless’ tulips
It’s not too late to plant bulbs

New Plants blog for the Royal Horticultural Society
Primarily for British readers, there are two new posts every month.
A new generation of tasty, healthy, space-saving apples
New giant sunflower
Three new dwarf patio peonies

Ten AGMs for the Royal Horticultural Society
My monthly choice of ten plants that have been awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. Mainly for British readers.
Ten award-winning perennials with autumn foliage or fruit
Ten award-winning conservatory shrubs and climbers
Ten award winning small garden conifers

Plant features for the Royal Horticultural Society
My monthly Royal Horticultural Society plant feature, mainly for British readers
Storing spare seeds
Overwintering exotic plants
Continuing the patio display indoors

Graham Rice @ Organic Gardening Graham Rice @ Organic Gardening
My weekly feature for North American readers on the website of Organic Gardening magazine
Five Plants for Hummingbirds
Longer-Lasting Cut Flowers
Five Multiseason Hostas

Plus, usually in print only and not online
The American Gardener
My occasional pieces for The American Gardener, the membership magazine of the American Horticultural Society, are available online to members only. My most recent was on Foxgloves for American Gardens. They’re not usually available online to everyone, so please become a member.

Gardeners’ World magazine
My Plant For All Seasons feature appears every month and, although intended for British readers, North American readers will also find my recommendations useful. It’s only in the print edition, not available online. So please subscribe. In North America the magazine is available in Barbnes & Noble stores.

Amateur Gardening magazine
My regular pieces in Britain’s Amateur Gardening magazine are rarely made available online. So why not subscribe?

The Garden magazine
I write two or three times a year for The Garden, the monthly members’ magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society, most recently on new plants for containers and plants that come true from seed. You need to be a member to receive the magazine. So please join.

The Plantsman magazine
Once or twice a year I write for The Plantsman, the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine for more knowledgeable gardeners around the world, most recently on the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year. Please subscribe (scroll down). If you’re a Royal Horticultural Society member you’ll receive a discount.

And finally… There are also these non-horticultural ventures
Wagonload Of Monkeys
My new radio music show featuring folk and roots music from Britain and Ireland
Lies I Told My Little Sister
The multiple award-winning feature film written by my wife judywhite in which I have a small role


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Jean Stowe

This summary is really helpful. I do keep your posts for quite a while Graham, but now I am determined to file them.

Music too is a bonus.

Graham Rice

Thanks so much, Jean, I appreciate it. And if there's anything you'd like me to discuss here - just ask...

Ed Morrow


A short question.
Do you put crocking in the bottom of your pots?
I've got several English books on growing crops on pots and they all recommend putting drainage in the bottom of pots.
Other things I've read argue against this, saying that the drainage causes "perching" of the water on top of the drainage, making soil at the bottom of the pot excessively wet and impeding drainage.

What do you do?

Thanks for your help.

Ed Morrow
Carmel Valley, CA

PS - The book of yours that I still most refer to and enjoy is "Growing Flowers From Seed". I find myself re-reading it every Winter in anticipation of the Spring. Bu the way, Spring here in CA starts about the end of January so I've already started reading it.

Graham Rice

So glad you're enjoying Garden Flowers From seed after all these years.

My view on crocks is that if the pot has a small hole at the bottom, or a number of small holes, which will let excess water out but through which the soil won't fall - then don't bother. If the pot has a large hole through which soils will wash out along with excess moisture then you need something to keep the soil in the pot. Part of an old clay pot with a curve to it (curve upward) is ideal, or years ago it was possible to buy sheets of fine mesh which could be laid over the hole.

Hope this helps.

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