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Eager anticipation

Having given myself the target of opening the garden to public scrutiny soon, the prospect of shame has galvanised me into herculean …

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Sweet potatoes

Despite grey skies and a steady drizzle, I drove off to the annual Floralies in St Thibery early this morning. By the …

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The Buddha’s Hand

I was lucky enough to be given one of these amazing citrus plants last year. It wasn’t looking super-happy, but a winter …

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Please pee on my lemons

If you’ve ever listened to Gardeners’ Question Time on Radio 4 you will almost certainly have heard Bob Flowerdew extolling the virtues …

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Help in the garden

I do 99% of the gardening, although Ali does sometimes offers to weed the parterre which is my most loathed job. On …

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I’ve been waiting..

…for the big freeze to come. It’s been the most ridiculously mild winter that, counter-intuitively, I am really late with my seed …

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What a glorious autumn

We’re having a ridiculously warm and dry autumn, with temperatures steadily in the mid-20sC. Normally we would have frosty mornings, but the …

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How easily I am distracted

When I woke to the most beautiful autumn sunrise this morning I decided I’d give the potager a good clear out. I …

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My my, how the garden has grown

Idly scrolling through old photos  on this soggy October day, I realised just how far the garden has come since we bought …

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September, at last

As I write we have just had a huge rainstorm. Our tanks are overflowing and the garden has perked up no end. …

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And in the meantime……

I’ve been away from the garden and the blog for some months now, during which time my mum died, I got married …

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Brighten up those salads

Now that the clocks have sprung forward I’m looking forward to sitting outside enjoying summer salads. I love using edible flowers to brighten …

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Right, this’ll fox ’em

In my ongoing battle with the wasps I’m going to try this thing. It claims to “create a large wasp-free zone without …

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Ready in a jiffy

My pal Colleen brought me a present. It was a bag of Jiffy Coco pellets. They are for growing seeds in and …