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3rd August 2023

Some floral revivals are not always greeted with widespread enthusiasm, and Kniphofia or red-hot poker may still be an acquired taste. Yet they have impeccable Bloomsbury connections. Vita Sackville-West grew them at Sissinghurst, Virginia Woolf mentions them in To the Lighthouse (1927), and Vanessa Bell painted them (Red-Hot Pokers (1921), Manchester Art Gallery). Monty Don has described them as 'ravishing', and this article in Gardens Illustrated may persuade those yet to be convinced.

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