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Beautiful Clematis

Last year’s excessive rainfall highlighted my biggest problem in the garden, the dry heavy clay soil, despite all dug in well-rotted manure, mushroom compost and composts it’s constantly drained of moisture from the huge poplars and leylandii from neighbouring gardens. That’s the thing about gardening, no matter what sort of a garden we want to…
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A new spring in my step!

It only takes an odd blue sky and a spring like warm day to give the sense that spring is on its way. I’m pretty sure just like a lot of others I get SAD in winter, but every moment I can get I spend in my garden. I think the winter has felt colder…
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More Spring Colour!

The garden did look pretty with that first coating of snow the other week, but I was pleased to see the back of it. During that time I only went into the garden to put out fresh food and water for the birds. The ground cover plants were hidden except for a Hellebore hybrid. It’s…
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Thinking Ahead 2013

This cold snap may have stopped the spring bulbs in their tracks for now, but I’m sure you keen gardeners with greenhouses, sheds or even a kitchen work top will keep busy working and planning towards the next season. If you’re feeling the cold and looking for some inspiration here are a few plants to…
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New paving has made such a difference with the ground being so wet.

At last it’s January, lighter mornings and evenings! I’ve missed spending time in my garden during autumn into winter because going to work only leaves days off to do anything. After walking around it the other day before going to work I left feeling very happy and satisfied that the hard work I put in…
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Narcissus or Daffodil?

I love daffodils, they’re already poking out the ground in my garden and because I do not like winter I have an image of those sunny little flower heads in my mind to carrying me on towards spring. I’m often asked about the difference between narcissi and daffodils, there isn’t anything physical. Narcissus is the…
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A Potful of Colour!

I’ve been busy potting bulbs to sell in spring, a little job I do every year and usually find something for my own garden. I’ve almost finished potting the tulips, and noticed some little species tulips that I fancy; these will add some vibrant colour next to my new stepping stones in the new area…
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It’s getting chilly!

Waking up to chilly frosty morning is certainly a shock to the system even for an avid gardener like me, but once that sun has been out for a while it feels great to be out and about. I love the way the frost coats the stems and branches of shrubs and trees and how…
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There’s Always Something!

It’s wonderful on a mild sunny autumn morning to have a walk around the garden and see the summer flowering plants have their last little fling before going to sleep for the winter. Apart from my days off mornings are the only times I get in the garden now that it’s autumn. My red hot…
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Still lots to do!

All year I work outside whatever the weather, but at home I’m a fine weather gardener and I’m already feeling these chilly autumn days, giving me a real sense of urgency to get on with the last few things that I need to do in my garden before the winter arrives. I don’t particularly look…
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