May 2019 | Dark Canopies

May 2019 | Dark Canopies

Welcome back everyone. No doubt you too have been struggling to keep the plants moist in the face of continuous gale force winds. Easy to forget when it isn’t hot and sunny that strong winds can dry out plants just as much. I have been getting more comments on the blog recently and it is so good to hear from people. Please do leave a comment or a gardening moan or ask about a gardening problem you might be struggling…

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April 2019 | Spring Tilt

April 2019 | Spring Tilt

After the Equinox our planet will start to tilt towards the sun and we in the Northern Hemisphere can look forward to the long days of summer. In the Southern Hemisphere the opposite will happen. The “big picture” for this post, and several of the following pictures, show the work of the Bromley Green Gym conservation volunteers. Thanks to them there is a delightful green space to sit in and enjoy. http://www.tcv.org.uk/london/green-gym-london/bromley-green-gym Urban sparrows After mentioning in my last post…

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March 2019 | In Praise of Squashed Plants – Yes, Squashed

March 2019 | In Praise of Squashed Plants – Yes, Squashed

Welcome back to my blog and greetings to the Spring that has arrived following the pleasant surprise of a warm and sunny February – unheard of. My seeds sown indoors in January are progressing – leeks, white onions, red onions, broad beans, marigolds – and the February and March starters have gone into the propagator where some are showing already. This post’s title is explained at the end. Wildlife, Wildflowers and Corridors   I continue to be made happily aware…

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February 2 2019 | Spring Stirrings

February 2 2019 | Spring Stirrings

Hello again and welcome back.  Imagine opening the curtains first thing in the morning and seeing the sky pictured above  – I was greeted by the surprise of this glorious dawn sky a couple of weeks ago and it was a great start to the day.  But shepherds were right to warn of morning red sky – gorgeous dawn it might have been but followed by an entire day of heavy rain with grey skies. Our weather this winter, in my…

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February 2019 | Beauty in British Winter

February 2019 | Beauty in British Winter

Hello again and welcome back to my blog for suburban gardeners. This time the banner heading is a night shot of Queens Gardens, Croydon – for me the combination of plants, artificial lights and darkness is visual magic. My broad focus in this post is the attitude change I am noticing. Happily there seems to be a growing awareness, one that is now becoming mainstream, that this is a shared world – we are not the only beings. It is…

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January 2019 | Winter words

January 2019 | Winter words

Winter Trees Hi again from Rosanna and best wishes to all readers for a new and productive gardening year.  In my search for all the good things in a British winter I have discovered another positive that I was only dimly aware of liking so much – something that only the people of the North will see.  It arises from a combination of nature’s work and the lower hanging sun lighting things differently.  I have always enjoyed the sight of…

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December 2018 | Gardening – more than one way of doing things . . .

December 2018 | Gardening – more than one way of doing things . . .

Hi again – cold now but there is still the odd day of bright, clear weather to enjoy. Last month I was thinking back to when I worked in a community garden – one of my first roles after training – it was in a very urban area of south-east London and my brief was to cater for people who didn’t have space to grow much i.e. people without gardens, people with balconies or window boxes only.  Having usually had…

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November 2018 | The Big Sleep | Top Tips

November 2018 | The Big Sleep | Top Tips

Welcome back again to all you garden lovers – I appreciate your support of this gardening blog – and goodnight to our gardens. I’ve recently been going through a mental checklist of the late season tasks required before the dormant months; maybe you have been doing the same? I’ve asked myself these questions – have I saved seed from all the plants I said I would? What seeds do I need to sow now? Have I divided all the overgrown…

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October 2018 | Mellow fruitfulness | Top Tips

October 2018 | Mellow fruitfulness | Top Tips

Hello again gardeners – life is a little more relaxed for us during the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. There is, of course, all the preparation for next growing season but then there are months ahead of us to do it before the bad weather sets in. As September drew to a close I finished most of my preserving – another kilo of Piccalilli and a similar amount of pickled cucumbers. I am now waiting for the first frost…

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September 2018 | Harvest Time

September 2018 | Harvest Time

Hi fellow gardeners – here we are in late summer, the heatwave is behind us and the days are for the most part sunny and pleasant enough and there is some welcome rain now and then. I now miss being one of the crack-of-dawn waterers group who for weeks on end fell out of their beds and onto their allotment plots in a daily struggle to water and keep everything alive in extreme heat. Allotment harvests vary considerably each year…

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