A Potting Shed Christmas

  If you’ve not put two and two together yet, I’ll let you into a little secret: when I am not writing this blog and working in my garden, you’ll find me buying Christmas decorations, food and hampers for a well-known department store. At work they call me Mr Christmas rather than The Frustrated Gardener. […]

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Tumbledown

We are staying at Trevoole, one of our favourite places in Cornwall. And because I am on holiday I can take precious time to see what’s in front of me. Outside our bedroom in the farmhouse there’s a romantically ramshackle entrance porch. Over the years the glazing has become increasingly cracked and opaque. Outside plants […]

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Planting Containers for Winter Colour

January can be a bleak month for us gardeners, our outdoor spaces painfully devoid of colour and working conditions far from ideal. The less hardened among us find solace pottering in the greenhouse, browsing through seed catalogues or hunting out the pointed tips of emerging spring bulbs. However with a little planning it’s possible to enjoy […]

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Blooming Boxing Day

Even by London standards it’s been an exceptionally mild start to winter. Our traditional Boxing Day walk from Highgate to Hampstead revealed dahlias in full spate, rioting red geraniums and walls festooned with Jasminum polyanthum, all blooming cheek-by-jowl with seasonal clumps of Lenten rose (Helleborus niger) and the bejewelled stems of Viburnum x bodnantense. The biggest surprise of the day […]

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Three New Projects

In my current job, holidays are pretty much an impossibility between October and the end of March. The plus side to the inevitable fatigue is being able to take all my holiday during spring and summer. I am not, and never will be a winter person; the dark days make me groggy and slightly sour. […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

Well, that was 2012.  It was, in a word, wet, although it gave us some wonderful moments to remember.  2013 started in the normal post-party haze, but the sun shone all through New Year’s Day, so perhaps that augers well for the year ahead.  This weekend feels like the ultimate come-down – sleepy, wet and […]

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