TALES FROM THE GIN & TONIC GARDEN, Part II

It’s almost 15 months since the Gin & Tonic Garden first came into being. My compact, 20ft x 20ft courtyard is still occasionally referred to as ‘the other garden’, ‘the new garden’ or ‘the back garden’, even though my house has no definitive front or back. When visitors come to The Watch House, the Gin […]

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Slow Progress

  I have watched enough episodes of Grand Designs to know that when carrying out a major building project two or more of the following consequences are inevitable: Going over budget Going over schedule Windows being delayed or not fitting Having a baby Falling out with the builder   Whilst I am pleased to report […]

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Winter Warmer

I’ve had a cough or a cold for nearly six weeks now, which has severely curtailed the amount of gardening I’ve been able to do. Consequently I feel desperately unhealthy and just a little bit sorry for myself. Him Indoors, who says I am incapable of relaxation and despairs of the restless patient I am, […]

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Winter Green

Last weekend was officially my final gardening weekend before Christmas. From now on it will be a roller coaster ride of shopping, wrapping, cleaning, writing cards and decorating before the festivities commence. Him Indoors has embarked on a social schedule that would make The Queen look lazy, offering me peace and quiet to complete my […]

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Hangers On

One of the challenges when blogging on the subject of gardening is striking a balance between ‘doing’ and writing about ‘doing’. Usually this is a particular issue between April and October when everything is growing like topsy, but this year the ‘doing’ has rolled straight into November with no sign of abating. Like a truculent […]

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Miniature Marvel

I’ve been hankering over a greenhouse for years, even though I plainly have nowhere to put one. Turns out I am in luck and that Christmas has come early. Santa’s secreted this miniature marvel amongst the boughs of our tree, complete with besom, water butt and roses in full bloom. The dusting of snow along […]

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