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May 2020 | Ne’er cast a clout . . .

May 2020 | Ne’er cast a clout . . .

Hi Everyone! I always thought that the folk saying of this month’s title referred to there being a danger from frost until the month of May had passed.  Not so, the word “clout” that has been in use since the 15th century, apparently not only means a blow to the head but also used to mean clothing.  This bit of folk wisdom then is telling us not to discard our winter clothes until May has passed.  Wisdom indeed – after a week…

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New Year, New Garden | January 2020

New Year, New Garden | January 2020

  Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to the blog after the festivities.  The big picture this month is of the Levens Hall topiary garden with a dusting of snow – picture courtesy of Chris Crowder and the gardening team there – more of this later.  In my blog you will usually find me looking for solutions to gardening problems, both vegetable and ornamental, based on my garden and allotment plot and ten years of running a gardening…

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October 2019 | Autumn Tilt

October 2019 | Autumn Tilt

Who would have thought to see a rural craft in action on the way home from a shopping trip to Croydon. I was more than surprised recently to see, from the bus, a house roof being thatched. I just had to go back later with the camera. The thatched roof, once in common usage all over the UK, was replaced in the 19th century by Welsh slate a cheaper form of roofing. Today thatched roofs have become something to be…

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August 2019 | 3 Things to Remember when Creating a Garden

August 2019 | 3 Things to Remember when Creating a Garden

Coombe Wood Garden Every time I visit a garden I learn something new – a new rose colour for example, or sometimes I see a completely new plant or some novel aspect of display. The visit I talk about in this post illuminated for me the many elements that go together to create a garden that holds your interest. If you are just starting to put together a garden this post is for you. Do get in touch if you…

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July 2019 | Allotment Trials Results

July 2019 | Allotment Trials Results

At the Allotment | Trial 1 – Sowing Onions from Seed? Welcome back to the blog. I have the results of some allotment trials I’ve done, and I’ve enjoyed garden visits to Wisley and Open Gardens Squares Weekend.  Is all in your garden rosy?  All in mine is windswept.  Bucketloads of rainwater that provided the less than welcome background to my recent day at Wisley (banner heading picture taken there) were very acceptable indeed at the allotment where strong winds…

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June 2019 | Summer at Last

June 2019 | Summer at Last

Hello again everyone. I was very taken with the unusual balcony of this building put together with some artistry. Havana, Cuba? No, Forest Hill, south east London. I thought you must see this. It rained so often in May that much of the allotment work has carried over to this month. It may have rained a lot but the soil is dust-like, no doubt due to the weeks on end we had of strong winds. Last month Juli left a…

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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 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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