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Now is the Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

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Whilst tempting to lament the summer that never was, now is the time to be looking ahead and planting your spring-flowering bulbs. The first […]

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Arctic April

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It has been the strangest month; cold – indeed the frostiest April in sixty years – and desert-dry. Although we’ve escaped spring frosts here […]

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Hurrah! the Ides of March

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Our garden is at its lowest ebb from early February until the Ides of March, on the 15th of the month. Battered by gales […]

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April Showers

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Unpredictability is the name of the game when it comes to British weather, but one old proverb certainly promises to ring true in 2019: […]

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The Late Late April Show

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Spring is arriving in slow motion at The Watch House. I’ve been watching a single bud of Narcissus ‘Golden Ducat’ striving to open for […]

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The Great Dixter Dozen

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  It’s rare that I sacrifice commentary for imagery, but as I look back over the photographs I took at Great Dixter last weekend, […]

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My Own Private Keukenhof

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Tulips are a special passion of mine. They are inexpensive, easy to grow, endlessly colourful and, most importantly, good to look at. I am […]

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Enchanted April

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It really has been the most remarkable April. So far not a single drop of rain has fallen on either of our gardens and, […]

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Slow Motion

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Since the first balmy weekend in March I have watched both our gardens move forward as if in slow motion. Temperatures have remained resolutely low, bringing to […]

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All the Fun of the Fair

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For the last three days I have been trawling Europe’s trade fairs searching for the next big thing in the world of Christmas. I […]

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The Ten Best Things About A Sunny Saturday

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Waking up to the cry of seagulls (this will rapidly wear off as the breeding season progresses). Opening all the windows and letting the […]

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Bagging a Bargain

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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 […]

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