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April 2020 | New Season New Life

April 2020 | New Season New Life

Hello again everyone – I wanted a cheering “big picture” this month – always try to get the new blog out on the 1st – so you have the lovely glass-like berries of Viburnum opulus although you won’t really see them until the autumn. Are you getting used to the strange new world we are living in?  No doubt you have found, as I have, that there are difficulties but plusses as well.  Have you been able to get out…

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March 2020 | Berries and flowers and first signs of garden colour

March 2020 | Berries and flowers and first signs of garden colour

Coronaria coping | At the time of writing this in mid-March we are in the throes of the corona virus confusion and I have to confess, as an older person, to currently not knowing quite what to do.  I listen regularly to world news and, taking what I hear there into account as well as what our own government is saying, my feeling is to stay in the house and limit going out to only the essential trips, food shopping,…

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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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End of Season Thoughts | November 2019

End of Season Thoughts | November 2019

  The “big picture” this month may be colourful but I’ll be talking about the opposite! At the Allotment – Having decided to go over to the no-dig system last year with a couple of beds would now like to extend this to the whole plot.  Now at the end of the first season the transformation is not yet complete.  I had to “mine” internet articles a bit to get information that suited my situation.  Finally I found it in…

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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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September 2019 | 3 More Garden ideas for horticultural Creatives

September 2019 | 3 More Garden ideas for horticultural Creatives

Hello again gardeners and welcome back – having wondered at the end of my last post what the weather had in store for us we now know – a pick and mix of sun and extreme heat, deluged by rain, occasional evening chill and strong, blustery winds.  No prizes for guessing where this month’s big picture comes from.  In a week with a fine weather forecast I took the opportunity to spend a couple of half-days taking photographs in Crystal…

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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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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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