Advent Thought For The Day: 18

December 18th: In a Pickle Just when I am tempted to imagine I know everything there is to know about Christmas, along comes a new tradition that I have never heard of: the Christmas pickle. For years I have been attending trade fairs, wondering how come there is demand for the preponderance of gherkin-shaped glass […]

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Reflections

In my life as a buyer of all things festive, it is Christmas every day of the year. My face is permanently dusted with glitter (it’s not makeup, honest) and my hands scratched; not by roses but by assembling umpteen artificial spruces, pines and firs every month. Despite these minor afflictions, it is very possibly […]

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Gnoming in the Gloaming

Like the RHS, I am not normally at home to gnomes, but who could resist the charm of these cute little fellows peaking out from a mass of festive foliage? I’ve travelled three countries today looking for Christmas inspiration and have been thoroughly seduced by the horticultural charms of Belgium and Holland. Germany’s gems remain […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

I’ve been away for a couple of days in Germany, enjoying the leafy surroundings of Bad Driburg, a pretty, rural spa town. Perfectly suited to the bucolic setting was Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, planted in abundance around my hotel and in neighbouring gardens. The leaves are wonderfully soft and felty, providing the perfect foil for the […]

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1 Year Old Today!

Being a capricorn, and therefore a winter baby, I’ve always wished I had a birthday I could celebrate in the summer. And now I do, for today is The Frustrated Gardener’s first birthday. It all started as a bit of an experiment – to see what blogging was all about and to start expanding my […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.1 – Wasserburg Anholt, Germany

This week, work took me to the border between Holland and Germany, and the magnificent Wasserburg Anholt in Isselburg. The castle, which appears to float in its expansive moat and is approached by drawbridge, is everything fairytales are made of. Partly destroyed at the end of the Second World War, the restoration took 30 years. […]

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