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How did the garden get away from me so much already?  It might look nice in these photos but lurking in the borders is an army of Hairy Bittercress, Creepy Buttercups and Nettles. I’m normally well on top of things in the garden, and often twiddling my thumbs waiting for the weather to warm up so I can get sowing. However, with my shoulder and neck problems I have lost so much… Read More

I’ve never cut Forsythia for the house before and I really pleased I have chosen it for this week’s Monday Vase post. My forsythia bush is to be pitied.  It grows right up against the fence and has struggled for years in the shadow of a large sycamore in my neighbour’s garden.  With their clearing of the boundary more light has flooded in and with the removal of the sycamore the competition… Read More

I think we have had all four seasons this weekend with wind, rain and heavy sleet yesterday and frost overnight but today spring returned which meant I could get on with my planting plans. The focus today was the long border along the top of the wall.  I want it to have a sort of cottage garden feel and in recent years have added a number of roses, alliums and aquilegias.  Today,… Read More

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 the valley but with a little time in hand I decided to pop further down towards Chepstow and have a quick look at Tintern Abbey I have to confess that I didn’t… Read More

I have gone for simplicity this week, in fact I find myself preferring the more simple vases.  I have some lily of the valley flowering and I wanted to appreciate them properly, especially their scent.  They haven’t flowered as well as some previous years but I think they have suffered from beginning swamped by bluebells in recent years.   There was only a small posy to collect but the scent is pretty good…. Read More

As I said back at Christmas I am not a religious being and so I don’t celebrate Easter.  However, I enjoy the long Easter weekend as it is an opportunity to spend time with my sons and mother.  Having four days is a luxury, you can embark on a proper project, you can take time doing something rather than trying to fit it into a weekend, you can sit and stop and… Read More

Yesterday I made my first visit of the year to Stockton Bury Gardens near Leominster in Herefordshire.  Stockton Bury is one of my favourite gardens.  I know there are some who are sniffy about its design and say its “ones of those plantsmen’s gardens” etc etc but I love it.  I feel relaxed and comfortable here.  When I have one of those days when I need to do something, go somewhere and… Read More