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There is nothing quite like a few stolen hours working in the garden on a chilly early Spring Sunday to make you feel heroic and pleased with yourself. The choice of task on such a day needs to be given careful consideration; this is not the time for slow and pondering chores but for those tasks that will warm you up and encourage you to stay outside just that little bit longer…. Read More

I have just returned from a week visiting gardens around Dublin and Cork with a group of 22 led by Noel Kingsbury.  I was apprehensive at first as I went not knowing anyone but our small multinational group was incredibly friendly and fun and I would love to do another trip.  The main driver for booking the trip was to visit the gardens of June and her brother Jimi Blake and also… Read More

  I have treated myself to a new camera  – a Canon EOS 100D.  It was bought on a whim which is unlike me as I normally labour over such investments but I am in that sort of mood at the moment and I had the funds so why not.  It is my very first DSLR and I am determined not to rely on the automatic settings but learn to use the… Read More

On Sunday morning before the downpours really started I popped across Worcestershire to visit the garden and nursery of Rob and Diane Cole – Meadow Farm. Rob and Diane are serious plants people and growers and I met them through the Hardy Plant Society, we go to the same group.  Their nursery isn’t open as they choose to sell through various Plant Fairs and no doubt this gives them the opportunity to… Read More

I was reading the April edition of The Garden last night, I know I am terribly behind, and I was intrigued by a short article by Helen Dillon on colour.  In it she talks about how gardeners have been influenced by  people such as Gertrude Jekyll, Lawrence Johnston and Vita Sackville-West on how we should organise colour in our gardens.  Jekyll is known for her colour borders which often had colours seamlessly… Read More

    This weekend has been particarly busy with my eldest’s 19th birthday and decorating  my youngest’s bedroom ready for new fitted wardrobes.  However, I did manage to get about an hour all told  in  the garden to get my theraputic fix. There is so much to d at this time of year especially as it has been very difficult to get into the garden over recently weekends due to the snow… Read More

Colour in the garden – what a challenge!  I have been a fan of Christopher Lloyd for a few years now and my copy of Colour for adventurous gardeners is well thumbed  However, getting it right isn’t that easy and what is right anyway?!  As Chistopher says in his introduction many gardeners worry about colour and about getting it right so it is easier to go for something harmonious and be seen… Read More