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Countdown to Christmas

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I can count the number of days I get to spend at home before Christmas on one hand. I’ve stopped buying an advent calendar […]

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Winter Sun

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I love it when it’s cold and sunny. I can tolerate the frostiest weather so long as I have the sun’s rays on my […]

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Preparing The Watch House for Winter

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  When I left my garden, in early October, it was still a summer garden. By the time I returned, at the end of […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Zephyranthes carinata 

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  Zephyranthes carinata : rosepink zephyr lily, pink rain lily, Indian crocus The parts of China I’m required to visit on my buying trips […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Nerine filamentosa

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  When I chose to buy bulbs of Nerine filamentosa, I was wooed by the catalogue description of flowers so delightful that one might […]

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Midsummer’s Day Dreaming

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  What an extraordinary spell of weather we have been having. It’s so hot that I am relieved to be returning home to the […]

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Last Hurrah

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  Slowly but surely the petals are falling from my tulips, one by one, leaving skinny seed pods where yesterday hovered fat balloons of […]

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My Perfect Ten Tulips

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  In spite of late planting and a cold April, it has been an exceptional year for tulips at The Watch House. They have […]

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Drama Queens II: Tulip ‘Orange Dynasty’

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  Choosing tulips from a catalogue is rather like deciding which confections to buy from a sweet shop. Each variety has something to tempt […]

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Drama Queens I: Tulipa ‘Slawa’

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  Ladies and gentlemen, for my 800th post, may I present you with the first of two floral drama queens; a bold, brassy diva […]

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A week is a long time in gardening

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  It was British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who first said ‘a week is a long time in politics’. Almost sixty years later, his […]

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