Pothead Bulbs

Right on cue, the lovely people from Avon Bulbs delivered my order yesterday – a box packed with lilies, tulips, crocuses, Narcissus, Iris, and Alliums.  With it came the promise of new varieties and exciting colour combinations to experiment with.  The timing could not have been better, leaving me four weekends over which to plant them before […]

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Out with the old, in with the new

It always feels slightly wrong to be uprooting spring bedding, just when it appears to be reaching its zenith.  However, it’s a bad idea to get too sentimental, as within a couple of weeks one can guarantee it will burn itself out and collapse.  This is exactly what has happened with my spring Violas.  The best I […]

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Snails and other pests

Mercifully, our little patch is remarkably immune from attack by plant pests and and diseases.  The last two winters have put paid to the aggressive lily beetle, not so cunningly disguised in its bright red armour.  Many a morning have I ventured into the garden to pick off and squish these highly visible bugs, which […]

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