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A Moment of Drought

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Some things are just not meant to be.  I set off, already late, to visit Eltham Palace.  Once the home of the Courtaulds this […]

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A Touch of Ginger

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Bringing a touch of the tropics to our garden this summer are two members of the ginger family – Hedychium densiflorum “Stephen” and Cautleya […]

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Busy Doing Nothing

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Unlike my week, which is packed to say the least, the weekend was one of those rare and precious occasions on which there was […]

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Handsome Hollyhocks

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It’s been a great year for hollyhocks. I can’t remember seeing them look quite so good, bursting out of the ground like Roman candles […]

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The Goods Shed, Canterbury

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Now I appreciate this is something of a diversion from gardening, but the second love of my life (family and friends apart) is food. […]

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The Salutation, Sandwich (Part 2)

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In amongst the exuberant herbaceous borders and hot, tropical plantings of The Salutation in Kent there were also some carefully considered planting combinations to […]

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The Salutation, Sandwich (Part 1)

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Ever since university, where our course leader Richard Bisgrove was an acknowledged expert on Gertrude Jekyll, I have been fascinated by the relationship between […]

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Looking good

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I have to admit that just at the moment I am feeling reasonably content with how the garden is shaping up. It is 5 […]

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Hampton Court, here I come!

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Today the office, tomorrow the Hampton Court Flower Show.  Only the second time I have ever been, so I am VERY excited.  On my […]

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Snails and other pests

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Mercifully, our little patch is remarkably immune from attack by plant pests and and diseases.  The last two winters have put paid to the […]

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