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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,...

The House by the Lane

‘Chyanvounder’: ‘Chy’ meaning house and ‘vounder’ meaning lane in the Cornish language. We have made three attempts to visit Cornwall this...

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...

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. ...

Book Review – The Kinfolk Garden

I am generally reticent about writing book reviews. However, when the first couple of critiques I read online are comedically scathing, my interest is...

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,...

Dahlia Disaster Averted – The National Dahlia Collection Finds A New Home

When the National Dahlia Collection announced its closure in September 2020 The Beau and I were bereft. This little patch of dahlia heaven was...

Creating An Autumn Pumpkin Arrangement

It’s mid-October. The nights are drawing in and Halloween is fast approaching. Farmers here in East Kent are already opening their field gates for...

A Change Is As Good As A Rest

‘A change is as good as a rest’, or so the proverb goes. As one who is ill at ease when relaxing and always...

Dry January

As the first month of 2022 draws to a close, I sit at my desk reflecting on how unseasonably calm and dry the weather...

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,...

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