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I had the benefit of a three day weekend this week and despite the weather forecasts of doom and gloom it turned out to be much better gardening weather than I had anticipated.  However, overshadowing the weekend is the forecast for storms on Sunday night/Monday morning with winds up to 90mph.  I wonder how many of the plants in the garden will still be standing in 24 hours. I am quite philosphical … Read More

Following on from the flowers we have the foliage and it is at this time of year that you really start to appreciate how important interesting foliage is especially if, like me, you want your garden to have interest all year.  One of my favourites is the Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ which has been liberated from the floppy Cosmos which had subsumed the whole border.  Since it has been opened to the… Read More

I mentioned in my last post that I had created a new border – the Japanese fern border. My patio is quite shady on the garden size and is edged with a long narrow border which is backed by a 4ft wall which holds up the rest of the garden.  The border is divided in two by the greenhouse.  The longer section is my spring border which was featured in last year’s … Read More