Garden Diary: May 2020 Part I

Where, oh where did May go? No sooner had it started than June was upon us. Now it’s midsummer, the longest day is almost here, and I am way behind with my garden diary. As I explained to our allotment neighbour at the weekend, May is a month where doing takes priority over writing about […]

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Allot of Social Distancing

If there can be any positive from the current worldwide situation it is the time that we now have at our disposal. We can catch up on household jobs, tidy and beautify the garden, and spend as much time at the allotment as is humanly possible – and that is exactly what we have done […]

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In The Night Garden

When was the last time you ventured out into your garden after nightfall? Not at dusk, or to put the rubbish out, but to walk there when it’s properly dark? If it’s been a while, or you’ve never considered such an adventure, I urge you to do so. The garden is a different world after […]

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Tales from the Gin & Tonic Garden

  As a rule, I don’t sit down, unless it’s to eat a meal or to work. When I make myself a cup of tea I tend to perch for the first sip and then get on with the next job that needs doing. When I read a book, it’s usually for 15 minutes before […]

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Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech

  To create a new garden and open it to the public in the space of three years would be a challenge for the most determined of garden designers, but to achieve it in the dry heat of Morocco, in the heart of Marrakech’s labyrinthine souk, is an achievement of a very different order. The […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Thymus pulegioides ‘Foxley’

Thymus pulegioides: broad-leaved thyme, lemon thyme Variegation in plants is a trait I can take or leave. I blame spireas – a shrub I find especially hideous when variegated – for my aversion, having encountered them one too many times in situations where they’ve looked truly despicable. Yet occasionally, as in hostas, variegation is one […]

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