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The Patient Gardener

For the love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness – Gertrude Jekyll

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Visiting Gardens

What makes a good border?

So what makes a good border these days? A thought that dogged me on my recent visit to gardens predominantly in Cheshire. And what do we mean by border? Is a good border classed as a typical herbaceous border as... Continue Reading →

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Windy Ridge 

There is a faint possibility that my gardening mojo may be within faint sight of the horizon, it certainly has been away somewhere for most of this year. However, I am spending a few days with gardening friends visiting gardens... Continue Reading →

Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion) was our first Japanese garden of the tour and delivered on many of the archetypal Japanese garden elements. I've already shown you the Golden Pavilion, the garden of Yoshimitsu, and the Silver Pavilion is the garden... Continue Reading →

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is the iconic temple of Kyoto. Dating from the late 14th century, the temple was originally the retirement villa of the shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.  After his death in 1408, in accordance with... Continue Reading →

Suffolk and N Essex Garden Tour – Day 2

Day 2 of our tour welcomed us with lovely sunshine and we set off optimistically to our first garden - Ultingwick, nr Maldon.  I was looking forward to visiting this garden as I have been friends with its owner, Phillippa,... Continue Reading →

Suffolk and N Essex Garden Tour – Day 1

Our first day started with torrential rain causing delays on the motorway  causing us to be late for our first garden of the four day garden visiting extravaganza that we were embarking on.  Due to the awful weather, the owners... Continue Reading →

Suffolk and North Essex Garden Tour 

I am currently away on a four day tour of gardens in Suffolk and North Essex. The trip has been organised by one of our HPS members and she has been organising an annual trip for her garden friends for... Continue Reading →

Garden Visit: Montpelier Cottage

I had a delightful afternoon visiting Noel Kingsbury and Jo Eliot's garden in deepest darkest Herefordshire within spitting distance of the Welsh borders.  I nearly didn't go as I wanted to get on with the front garden but having planted... Continue Reading →

A day in the Wye Valley

Last Sunday I had a very pleasant day out in the Wye Valley, along the English and Welsh border.  The purpose of my trip was to visit my friends Kate and Hitesh at their lovely garden on the side of... Continue Reading →

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