Our Coastal Garden

A Change of Landscape

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I always imagined that if I were made redundant from my job there would be one hundred and one things I’d rather do than […]

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A Moment In The Gin & Tonic Garden

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Once in a while one’s garden has a ‘moment’, a brief period of time when everything comes together to create a picture-perfect scene and […]

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The Watch House Awaits

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The pots are all planted and in position, their arrangements have been checked from every angle, adjusted and appraised again. Happy with the result, […]

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Here Comes Summer!

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The title of of this post is tongue-in-cheek given I’m sat at my desk with rain pattering on the skylight and a brisk draught […]

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Arctic April

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It has been the strangest month; cold – indeed the frostiest April in sixty years – and desert-dry. Although we’ve escaped spring frosts here […]

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Hurrah! the Ides of March

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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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The Beast Is Back

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Our garden is not designed for snow. In the fifteen years I’ve lived at The Watch House, I can only recall it snowing four […]

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Baby steps (towards spring)

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

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BITTERSWEET MEMORIES OF 2020

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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 […]

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planting ahead

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The first draft of this post began with a rather gloomy assessment of the year’s events. By the time I reached the third paragraph […]

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Beginning with Brugmansias

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I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with myself for posting so infrequently. Okay, so I no longer have a long commute to London and I […]

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Garden Diary: April 2020

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April was a bittersweet month. Among many positives were the beautiful weather and being able to spend extra time in the garden with The […]

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