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Surviving The Long, Hot Summer

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This time next year we’ll probably be moaning about the cold and wet. Meanwhile it’s clear that UK gardens and gardeners are ill-equipped to cope with extended, hot summers. Here’s how we’ve coped in Broadstairs.

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And So It Begins…

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It is official, we won’t go hungry this summer! Harvesting on the allotment has well and truly begun, especially the crop of courgettes, and […]

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The Plot Thickens…

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I have been meaning to write an update on the allotment for a little while now. While reading the previous chapter, I am wondering […]

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The Plight of the Bumblebee

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  I like bees, but I love bumblebees more. The sight of their comedically cumbersome bodies ambling across an umbel, or alighting delicately on a […]

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Dahlia Week: Classy Collerettes

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Dahlias come in all shapes and sizes. This is why, like other extensively hybridised flowers, dahlias are classified by flower type. There are waterlilies, […]

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Dahlia Week: Dahlia ‘Waltzing Mathilda’

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It’s rare that I regret not buying a plant. This is because I scarcely ever resist temptation in the first place. ‘Buy it now, […]

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Wallowing in the June Gap

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We are in the midst of a period known to gardeners and beekeepers as the June Gap. Both of our gardens have become a […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Echium candicans

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Travel agents report that the second week in January is the peak week for holiday bookings. This is hardly surprising given the short days, miserable […]

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Birthday Bombki

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I celebrated The Frustrated Gardener’s second birthday yesterday in one of the farthest corners of Poland, near the city of Wroclaw. The countryside in […]

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A Feast of Foliage

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Whether it’s the sun, too much water or too much food I don’t know, but the garden in going nuts at the moment. The […]

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