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Year: 2016

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Storm Barbara

The storm has arrived. It’s only our second storm of the winter, and it’s called Storm Barbara. I’ve waited for it. Normally, I’ve attempted to

Cheering Up My Monday #3

It’s another Monday, and time to begin another week. In the garden, the temperature has moved wildly. This morning it’s a very mild 8 celsius

Things Come In Threes #2

Approaching the mid-winter solstice, my time in the garden is limited by cold and dampness. The work is done, yet it’s rewarding just to walk

Cheering Up My Monday #2

This African daisy has been in bloom since May and brought great colour to the garden. Next year, I think I’ll grow the white one.

Things Come In Threes

Winter may not be a time for active gardening, yet it’s a good time to observe. Rather than the full-on effect of summer abundance, it

Cheering Up My Monday #1

Pot Marigold: click for plant details Link to my earlier article about Marigolds It’s cold out there, but nonetheless, I hope you all have a

First Daffodil

I just had to record this! Can you believe it? First daffodil on November 28th. It’s Narcissus Paperwhite Ziva You can follow my garden updates

Christmas Rose

The Christmas Rose is blooming. It’s an exciting time of the year! Helleborus ‘Christmas Carol’ is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, deeply lobed, dark

I Found What I Was Looking For

I still have a few notebooks hanging around. There’s one in the shed, one in the glasshouse and one beside the laptop. I also scribble on the back of seed packets, and even put a few post-it notes where I cannot fail to notice them.

Hotel For Insects

Today, I completed a small construction project idea that I read about online. The idea was to make some cozy winter hibernation places in various

Geranium: An Excellent Garden Plant

I have bought geraniums most years, for as long as I can remember because they are one of my favourite flowering plants. I tried growing

The November Garden In Perspective: Crab Apple, Pinnochio and Dougal

My little garden with the large crab-apple tree becomes rather small when taken in context. Very small compared to, let’s say, Hyde Park, London; smaller still in relation to Central Park, New York, but insignificantly small when viewed alongside Mr Donald Trump’s enormous nose.

100 Words Challenge #1

I frequently see one small job that needs doing, but after an hour of pottering about I have lost myself in harmony with the earth.

My Spanish Garden

I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked. (Marta McDowell)

Could You Pull A Few Weeds While You’re Here?

Gardeners want to create an ideal replica of their view of the world. Generally speaking, cultivated plants are preferred to plants that thrive “in the wild”. Hence, they try to eliminate anything they feel does not fit in.

Plants Are Parents Too

Last week I cut back the Alyssum and saved enough seed to grow an army of them for next year. Today, as I wandered about,

Ugly Looking Cactus

This might look like an ugly fecker, but it’s definitely not. It flowered during June, July and August and the tiny flowers were the most