The Very Best of 2013 – A Year In Pictures

When I wrote my equivalent post this time last year, I thought 2012 was a momentous year, but reflecting on 2013 I find the last twelve months have more than measured up.  I celebrated my 40th Birthday and over the course of the year visited 10 countries, including Nepal, India, China and Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. […]

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Tidal Textures

Today was a perfect winter’s day – calm, bright and cloudless. The sky was the blue of a pair of well worn jeans, the sea waveless, lightly crinkled by an imperceptible breeze. Oyster catchers mingled amiably with the new generation of herring gulls, still dirty brown in their juvenile plumage. Thanet folks flocked to the beach […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Schizostylis coccinea

Relishing our mild wet winter (so far – I have probably spoken too soon!) is the South African flower Schizostylis coccinea or Hesperantha coccinea. Both names sound more like a form of food poisoning than a pretty perennial, so let’s call it by its common name, the Kaffir Lily. I spotted this spike of pink flowers […]

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Bursting Forth on Boxing Day

This Christmas our friends Travis and Beth at Trevoole sent us a copy of ‘Dear Friend and Gardener’, a collection of correspondence between distinguished gardeners Beth Chatto and the late, great Christopher Lloyd.  I got stuck in immediately, relishing the robust exchange of opinions on such matters as organic gardening, whether to water during a […]

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all my lovely followers and to garden lovers everywhere. Have a wonderful day!

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Daily Flower Candy – Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

As the lowest low-pressure system in 150 years approaches the UK across the Atlantic, there’s precious little chance of enjoying any natural sunshine. A shrub guaranteed to brighten up the dullest, wettest winter is Mahonia x media ‘Charity’. It’s a garden stalwart, tolerating pollution and repelling intruders with its sharply pointed leaves.  On a warm winter’s day […]

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The Final Push…..

This week has quite simply run away with me.  It’s gone by in a blur of glitter, spreadsheets, wrapping paper, meetings, champagne, parties, chocolate, secret santas and few ill advised glasses of Madeira.  Quite a heady cocktail. No wonder I can barely open my eyes this afternoon.  In the course of duty today I stumbled […]

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O Tannenbaum!

I promised a picture of our Christmas tree so, here it is in all its glory.  It took over 2 hours to weave on the 1500 lights and about the same again to hang the decorations.  Each one holds memories of places visited or gifts cherished. For the topmost baubles we needed a ladder and […]

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Going Dutch

In an unusual turn of events, I am sitting still today even though there are more important things I should be doing. I am not poorly, but I am out of steam after two weeks of globetrotting.  Today is an essential recovery day before the final Christmas push. Happily the sun in shining into the […]

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