Like most people across the UK I awoke yesterday to a Winter Wonderland. Grateful that I didn’t need to drive anywhere, I layered fleeces over my pyjamas, grabbed my wellies and my camera, and ventured out into the magical hush of fresh snow. There’s nothing quite like the sound of that crunch underfoot. The white…
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Yesterday was much milder than it has been, and I headed outside to attempt some actual gardening. Sadly the pond is still frozen, so no way to skim off the leaves that I should have removed a couple of weeks ago. The ground was still rock hard too, so no opportunity to rescue the Gladioli…
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When we first moved here the garden was pretty much devoid of plants. There was rough field grass (left to grow to over 2′!), a couple of Euonymus (‘Emerald Gaiety’ and ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’), and a large conifer in the corner. We were overlooked by over half a dozen houses, which I hated. This was…
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I love growing things from seed. I particularly love starting things off in the autumn, just as everything else is dying back. But I have a problem. My garden is only 10m x 10m, and the trees, bamboo and evergreen shrubs I planted to screen us from the neighbours take up a largish chunk of…
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When we first moved here, nearly 10 years ago now, the 1.5m deep border alongside our garage was a mass of field grass with a couple of conifers, a Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’ and a struggling honeysuckle. This is also one of the first things any visitor to the house, or indeed cul-de-sac, sees as it…
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