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In every cloud….

‘If a plant needs watering it’s in the wrong place.’ Here in the south of France that’s a pretty good adage to …

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The state of play

So here we are in mid-summer. We’ve had temperatures as high as 39℃, severe drought and, today, a very welcome rainstorm. And …

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Don’t take hasty decisions

Here are three examples of why a bit of patience can reap unexpected rewards.  Last year my pal Alex gave me two olive …

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Plant sale

This is such a cool ad for a plant sale. I went to Boise, Idaho in 1982. Loved it. Really great people.

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Bee helpful

Reading an article about the demise of 6200 beehives here in the south of France in the last 24 months, I was curious …

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The Quats

The latest haul from our other garden comprised loquats, kumquats and bamboo shoots. Loquats, also known as Japanese medlars, are utterly delicious …

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

This week I was in the lovely sunshine of London – at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I had an all-day ticket for …

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New SweetApricots App

If you’d like access to extra updates and tips direct to your smartphone or tablet, you can download the new SweetApricots app …

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Can you hear it?

Our garden is rowdy with the sound of plants and trees slurping up welcome rain. We’ve harvested 3500 litres from the roof since …

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Sicklomens

My garden’s become a refuge for unwanted plants. I regularly receive e-mails like this, the latest: Hi Lizzie Are you still interested …

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Flaars in a vaars

My mum says she couldn’t possibly pick flowers from the garden. It wouldn’t seem right. But I don’t take after her. I …

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It’s cherry scrumping time!!!

We spent the morning chopping through brambles to the abandoned cherry orchard that joins our land. Last year the owners of the …