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Despite the completely mad weather this weekend I have still managed to get my horticultural fix.  Some say that a small tornado went across the country yesterday I don’t know if that is exactly what it was but my journey home from the monthly Hardy Plant Society group meeting was one of the most unpleasant journeys I have had for a while.  The wind was so strong I could feel it pushing… Read More

I am a self-confessed seedaholic.  I can’t resist, its hopeless.  My addiction is really tested in the winter months when its hard to get outside to gardening and I find myself wandering around the internet in the evenings. This evening I have decided I need to sort through the box which I can barely close the lid on as I really need to start the serious seed sowing for the season.  Alpines… Read More

I have been a seedaholic for some years now though the last couple of years I was diverted by growing vegetable seedlings for the slugs and snails.  However, I am now back to my first love ornamentals and in particular perennials. This year I placed my first order with the Alpine Garden Society which has one of, if not the best, seed distribution scheme in the world.  My seeds arrived just after… Read More

Whilst I have been looking forward to a long weekend in order to potter in the garden and tackle the allotment (note the difference in the choice of verbs!) I have to admit I am relieved we have had so much rain this weekend. Unlike my gardening friends in the South and South East we are not currently facing a hose pipe ban but needless to say the dryness has begun to… Read More

 At last the Heurchera seeds that I sowed in the greenhouse on the 5th January have started to germinate.  I would include a photo but they are so small you wouldnt be able to see them!  Spring is trying to arrive – I have daffodils and primulas flowering in the garden although some of the daffs are only just appearing above ground. I sorted through my seeds and scared myself with how… Read More

Excitement today as my selection of seeds from the Cottage Garden Society (CGS)arrived.  In early December you get a listing of around 2000 seeds that have been donated by members and you can purchase 15 packets for £4.  There are no descriptions or photos so I end up spending hours trying to find what things are, trawling through books, seed catalogues and on the web.  Then you send your order off –… Read More