It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

In my world it’s Christmas every day, but there comes a point, around now, when the rest of the nation starts to wake up to the imminent arrival of the festive season. I was lucky enough to spend the whole day on Friday touring the best garden centres in the North West, looking at what they buy […]

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Going Dutch

In an unusual turn of events, I am sitting still today even though there are more important things I should be doing. I am not poorly, but I am out of steam after two weeks of globetrotting.  Today is an essential recovery day before the final Christmas push. Happily the sun in shining into the […]

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Bagging a Bargain

It’s the time of year when garden centres abandon horticulture for the glittering commercial opportunity that Christmas offers. For gardeners that are prepared to hold their nerve and ignore conventional planting times, there are often some brilliant bargains to be had. Last weekend I popped into our local nursery for some bulb fibre, only to […]

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An Icy Reception

I’ve returned home to the seaside after three weeks away. Hurrah! It’s good to be back, but boy is it cold. In my absence, spring seems to have made little headway in it’s battle with winter. Snow is forecast today and the sky is low and leaden.  However there are signs that the fight is […]

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The Incomparable Petersham Nurseries

My work takes me to to all sorts of interesting and unusual places. Although not all could be classed as pleasant, yesterday’s visit to Petersham Nurseries, near Richmond Upon Thames, was more than enough to lift the spirits. The nurseries, in the grounds of the Petersham House Estate, have become famous for their Michelin starred […]

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