Windy Ridge, St Margaret’s at Cliffe

The National Gardens Scheme is an absolutely wonderful charity, allowing gardeners and garden lovers access to thousands of private gardens across the country every year. Participating gardens come in all shapes and sizes, offering everything from high horticulture to naturalistic and ecological styles. What all the gardens offer is a rare glimpse into a nation’s […]

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The Very Best of 2012 – A Year In Pictures

Where has 2012 gone? Despite so many memorable occasions – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, our trip to beautiful Burma, the birth of this blog (!?) – the year has flown by and is almost at an end.  Reflecting on 2012 provides a precious reminder of how lucky we are to have our health […]

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, but it’s having a damn good go at ending today. We awoke this morning to lashing rain and howling wind from the south.  Even at midday, the sky is not even bright enough to prevent the security lights coming on as we step out of the front door.  The […]

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Life’s a Beach

Not all days are equal. Some are destined to disappoint, others to lift the spirits.  Today is one of the latter days, a day of high clouds, azure skies and calm seas.  A day for doing as you please and doing it at your own pace.  A day that banishes stress and creates time to […]

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The Joys of the Road

As we drove down to the coast this morning, I couldn’t help noticing just how green and lush the countryside looked compared to a normal July.  Instead of taking on the golden highlights of midsummer, nature is still wearing its verdant green spring cloak.  On a steep motorway embankment old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) cascaded […]

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Aromatic Arums

One of my favourite flowers at this time of the year is the timeless arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica. Not actually a lily at all, this is an aroid, with a brilliant white spathe surrounding a pale yellow spadix (the pointy-uppy bit!). The latin name might also suggest origins in Ethiopia but, whilst African, it actually […]

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