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August 2020 | Height of summer

August 2020 | Height of summer

You Must See This At the Allotment As the sweet corn plants developed, seemingly healthily and robustly, first I saw one, then more and in the group I had sown of of sixteen corn seeds about one-third seemed to be oddly affected.I did a bit of research.  I had never worried about F1 seeds – apart from the issue that such seeds in developing countries would, needing to be re-purchased every year, possibly put an insupportable burden on struggling farmers –…

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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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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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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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August 2018 – Midsummer Heat | Top Tips

August 2018 – Midsummer Heat | Top Tips

For as long as I can remember Kings Cross for me was just a place I went to get a train when travelling north, although I was always well aware that it was not generally considered to be the best of environments. For a while I worked in the City and I used to walk from near the Angel to London Bridge so as to take in London places I had not yet seen. I remember being surprised and delighted…

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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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May 2018

May 2018

My new friend you see above took up residence in late April. This is the time of year when all the last minute digging that should have been completed months ago (weather allowing) just has to be finished and I do feel rather guilty about digging and exposing the worms for the benefit of my new friend who lies in wait for what my spade reveals. Robins are a familiar sight for gardeners, companionable little birds with their heads on…

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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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GREEN ARTS SERIES
The month of flowers – June 2017

GREEN ARTS SERIES
The month of flowers – June 2017

A version of this article was first published under the Green Arts Series title on the Mature Times website. Updated by Rosanna May 2019   Hello – Rosanna Cavallo here again with gardening from south east London. June can be a gloriously sunny month and we have had plenty of sun. 2017 has also seen June gale force winds in the South East – believe it or not some of my clients have had their rose bushes blown clean out…

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