Balmy Boxing Day

I began my traditional Boxing Day post last year by commenting on the unusually mild weather that lead up to Christmas. Had I known then what I know now, I may well have made less of it: the UK is about to record its warmest ever December, with temperatures 4°C above average for the time […]

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GROW London 2015

A post about GROW London, the capital’s newest, freshest garden show, is one of the many that never found its way out of my drafts folder last summer. This is very remiss of me as GROW London really is worth shouting about. Coming a month after Chelsea, the show bookends the June Gap, providing Londoners […]

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London Grows, Amsterdam Shows

Every so often a particular date throws up so many opportunities for merriment that one is spoilt for choice. The next such occasion is June 21st and 22nd, when two gardening events I’ve been hotly anticipating clash over one weekend. It wouldn’t be so bad, but they’re taking place in capital cities on either side of the English […]

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Fallen

Mercifully, the St Jude’s Day storm was not a repeat of the Great Storm of 1987.  On that occasion, the UK lost in the region of 15 million trees in winds of up to 122mph.  At the time the devastation was heartbreaking, but in time the opportunity was taken to replant and rejuvenate parks, gardens […]

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A Summer Stroll to Hampstead

For the first time this year, London swelters under hot sunny skies. We took a walk from our home in Highgate across the Heath to Hampstead. Gardens for once look dry and weary, signalling the start of late summer. Hydrangeas and Japanese anemones luxuriate in the shade. The pace is slow in London at this […]

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