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Foliage

Now that the winter months are nearly over you will notice that your garden is starting to rise from its winter slumber. So naturally, now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the spring and summer. To bring your garden back to its full glory after...

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Getting Away From It All

Like many folk, we’ve barely spent a night away from home since the New Year. I love The Watch House with all my heart,...

Whatever the Weather

Since the end of August the garden has taken one battering after another. In Broadstairs we have experienced gales from every point on the...

BITTERSWEET MEMORIES OF 2020

The year 2020. Where to begin? It’s tempting to dive straight into the obvious negatives – and let’s face it that would be rich...

Baby steps (towards spring)

Every weekend is pretty much the same during the lockdown. A time to catch up on sleep, to read, phone friends and family, make...

February Flowers

It’s that time of year when galanthophiles (the polite name for snowdrop bores) start to bombard social media with images of their pearly-white treasures....

Iris Reticulata ‘Pauline’

In an exciting new development, the following post can now be enjoyed as a podcast as well as in text and photographs. ...

Planting A Container for Autumn Colour

By mid-September, many summer-flowering annuals have started to burn themselves out. They’ve given their all, and their natural instinct is now to produce seed...

Has The Chelsea Flower Show Lost Its Mojo?

I’ve grown a little bored of the Chelsea Flower Show. There, I’ve said it. Once upon a time I used to love the anticipation,...

Our Top 10 Dahlias of 2021

As the dahlia season draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate those that dazzled during this uniquely cool and wet year. ...

Jewels of the Winter Garden – 20 Indispensable Plants for Winter Colour and Scent

Gardens in winter have so much to offer. Designers often wax lyrical about the delights of ‘structure’, by which they mean woody plants,...

A Pot Display for Early March

The wild weather has blown through and we’ve been blessed with a weekend of clear skies, fresh breezes and bright sunshine. It’s been the...

Hurrah! the Ides of March

Our garden is at its lowest ebb from early February until the Ides of March, on the 15th of the month. Battered by gales...

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