Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lardon Chase

After saying bye bye to our YHA at Streatley-on-Thames this morning, it seemed fitting to have a closer look at some woods we had discovered on Sunday. We didn’t have a lot of time to explore but at last I … Continue reading

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The River Thames

Goring, a village on the Thames this afternoon. Amazing wisteria! A local passing by as I took the above agreed – but the banks of the Thames were no less charming. Rapeseed gets everywhere. Boathouses less so. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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‘Nature abhors a vacuum’

My original plan for the herb garden, once the hugel beds were in, was to use bricks to make a path between them. However, that hasn’t happened yet, so volunteer plants have been making their way to this patch of … Continue reading

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View from the kitchen window

I learned on the PDC course that it was normal to have a dip in the weather about now, but I’m hoping that today will be the last of the chilly days.  I do love my garden when it is … Continue reading

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Clearing the path

Last year, between two of the stones that constitute the garden path, there was an interesting collection of plants: brambles, silver birch and dandelion. Needless to say, I didn’t plant any of them and didn’t want them there. At the … Continue reading

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One tomato plant has had its day!

Last autumn, a tomato seedling appeared in a pot on my windowsill. No idea how it got there but, out of curiosity, I decided to let it grow to see what happened. The upshot was an occasional cherry tomato in … Continue reading

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Dianthus (Sweet William)

I had run out of compost for seeds (my own is far too heavy and in any case none is ready at the moment), so I decided the next best thing was a bag from my local garden centre. And … Continue reading

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