Spick and Span

“Every day is a fresh beginning, Listen my soul to the glad refrain. And, spite of old sorrows And older sinning, Troubles forecasted And possible pain, Take heart with the day and begin again.” Susan Coolidge   I went to bed last night with an ominous tickle at the back of my nose and throat, […]

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The Problem With Lilies

Lilium regale – the ultimate lily? Lilies are, without question, one of the most elegant summer flowering bulbs. Gertrude Jekyll, the renowned garden designer and plantswoman, would frequently plant large clumps of Lilium regale in strategic spots, creating height and drama at pivotal points in her schemes. In addition to stature, the lilies also contributed […]

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Snails and other pests

Mercifully, our little patch is remarkably immune from attack by plant pests and and diseases.  The last two winters have put paid to the aggressive lily beetle, not so cunningly disguised in its bright red armour.  Many a morning have I ventured into the garden to pick off and squish these highly visible bugs, which […]

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