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Am I a pedant speaking botanically?

January 9, 2017, 4:06 pm

To be a gardener you have to have a very good imagination and a good memory.  Buying empty pots of black earth labelled Delphinium ‘Coral Sunset’, seed packets saying Eschscholzia ‘Tropical Punch’ or herbs plugs called

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Inspiration and the blank page

January 30, 2015, 1:34 pm

People often ask me where I get my inspiration for the new designs I show them for their garden.  In most cases I will have thought up a number of ideas for their garden that meet the brief and to accompany these ideas I produce sketches show

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Great gardens to visit in Winter.

November 26, 2014, 11:37 am

Garden visiting in the winter months may seem a little perverse but actually it’s a great time to see how a garden is made.  The best gardens have a good structure that gives a pleasing form even when nothing is in flower and the trees

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It’s time to liberate your garden!

March 12, 2014, 4:08 pm

After the weeks of dreary wet days the last week or so has been a revelation (literally!). My garden is still there and doing what it should be at this time of year despite my lack of attention. The primroses look translucent in the sunshine and t

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With very occasional herbaceous borders...

September 13, 2013, 2:39 pm
Recently I visited Sir Roy Strong’s garden; The Laskett between Ross on Wye and Hereford. Although I had seen photos of the garden and knew a little about Sir Roy’s career I was taken by surprise. The four acres of fields have been progressivel

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And that's the beauty of gardening.

February 4, 2013, 1:57 pm

It’s good to be looking forward to 2013 and not back towards 2012 and at this point (beginning of February) to know that the days are starting to lengthen – OK, I may be an optimist but the idea of a few minutes extra daylight each day

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Venice: the perfect destination?

April 17, 2012, 1:56 pm

A few weeks ago we went on holiday to Venice, somewhere I have been to only once before despite living in Italy for a time.  Needless to say the food was delicious, shopping irresistible and it was a continuous visual feast from the people wa

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Noisy village life

November 21, 2011, 2:14 pm

Living in a village is all about a quieter pace of life and getting that work – life balance right.  Or is it?  Quite honestly our village has so much going on it is hard to stay in!  There’s the photographic club, the g

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Introducing Dot and Ted

September 15, 2011, 4:01 pm

It’s quite a while since I posted my last blog and there are a couple of good reasons for this; they are called Dorothy and Edward.  No, they are not distant relations here for an extended visit from Australia but two Welsh Terrier pupp

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Garden lovers on Harley Davidsons

July 5, 2011, 3:14 pm

As I write this, my arms feel longer than usual.  I really do think they have stretched a couple of inches, but more of that later.  First I must tell you about our amazingly successful open garden event for the National Garden Scheme ch

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