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July 2020 | Soil Life

July 2020 | Soil Life

Big picture” this month is my Geranium x oxanium ‘Wargrave Pink’.  I have two areas of this easy to care for and all round excellent plant that fills the low-down areas of my garden with colour and keeps the weeds at bay although it is the only Geranium I currently have.   This is an old cultivar, from around 1850, and is a real garden stalwart.  I only realised just how useful it is when a couple of weeks ago, talking with a…

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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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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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June 2018

June 2018

Hello again garden lovers. I am not sure why I usually think of June as a time to relax and enjoy lazy summer days because this year that certainly isn’t so. Like most people around me I know I am still hard at work with the fruit and vegetables trying to get everything planted in time, or netted to avoid seasonal predators, or trying to keep the grass down which with the current alternate days of rain and sun seems…

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April 2018

April 2018

First of all my apologies to all because due to technical problems this blog has been offline for an unhappily protracted period. Now all seems to have been resolved. At last we seem to be getting back to normal seasonal temperatures after the longest period of sub-zero cold that I have ever experienced in the south of England. Amazingly, the above Hellebores photographed after the severe cold, storms and heavy rain we have had are still blooming strongly in April…

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January 2018

January 2018

Hi from Rosanna to all – and a big welcome to my blog. The heading picture is of the magnificent Winter Garden at Avery Hill, South East London, this conservatory is all that remains of architect T W Cutler’s house that was damaged in WWII.  This site, sadly, is now threatened with no longer being accessible to the public if it is sold. It seemed to me significant to start my blog along with a new year in January and…

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Early Spring Gardening – March 2017

Early Spring Gardening – March 2017

Hello – I need to say welcome again to Green Arts it being quite some time since I was last in touch with Mature Times readers. Since working as a gardener I have come to enjoy the winter months much more than before. This surprises people who think I must be braving arctic temperatures for months on end. Not so. Because I am moving all the time and working on the outskirts of London I am not usually on very…

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