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The sweet smell of oregano

Fortunately for me, the rain held off for much of the afternoon, so I took advantage of the still dry weather to get one job done in the garden. It was a glass half full or glass has empty moment … Continue reading

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Introducing the ferns

I have long wanted a fern in my garden and finally a couple of weeks ago I acquired two from RHS Wisley. These were destined for the spot between the fence and the pond. However, two weeks ago, the phacelia … Continue reading

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Red taking over

It’s a few years since I bought my rose and I moved it from its first spot, so it has taken some time to settle in – maybe three years. But this year the blooms are once more beautiful. I’m … Continue reading

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Three slightly bigger trees

I got a timely reminder from The Woodland Trust the other day about looking after my two hazels and the yew tree I bought back in February. This is what they looked like before I cut away as much of … Continue reading

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Sighting a blue butterfly

After last summer’s heatwave and the difficulties I had both locking my back door and getting to bed at a reasonable hour, I have worked out tactics to avoid these now that we have moved into summery weather. The first … Continue reading

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Signs of survival

After the dogwood I bought last summer being in a small pot during the drought, I had wondered if it would still thrive once it was put in the ground. Need I have worried? Well, no. Beautiful golden buds have … Continue reading

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A previously untouched corner

When I moved into my property in 2009, the back garden was awash with crocosmia. In most spots, I’ve managed to get them out but there are the occasional patches of resistance. One such is at the back of the … Continue reading

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Caraway and other flowers

I’ve been watching the caraway I sowed last summer as it’s grown from the soil after disappearing over the winter. Now it’s bloomed, so I’m assured in as far as a gardener can be of a crop of seeds this … Continue reading

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Dampness no barrier

I recently reported that the phacelia seeds I’d been storing in the shed were damp and I’d therefore been concerned that they would fail to germinate. However, this week has been warmer and I’ve seen the first stirrings in the … Continue reading

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Time for biomass

It looks like inside the shed is damp. Not only did some of my produce go mouldy over the winter but the phacelia seeds I kept in there were soft rather than brittle when I took them out today. I … Continue reading

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