Garden Diary: April 2020

April was a bittersweet month. Among many positives were the beautiful weather and being able to spend extra time in the garden with The Beau, Max and Millie. It is hard to conceive of going back to work as I did only six weeks ago, commuting five hours a day. I am achieving so much […]

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Easter Excess

Unlike our London garden, which is having an unscheduled green moment, our coastal garden is a riot of colour this Easter. For the first time this year I feel that everything is coming good, the investment in all that arduous autumn bulb planting finally paying dividends. A mild winter and even milder start to spring has ensured that plants normally battered and […]

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The Ten Best Things About A Sunny Saturday

Waking up to the cry of seagulls (this will rapidly wear off as the breeding season progresses). Opening all the windows and letting the fresh air in. The sun’s rays illuminating the new buds of Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. Our front door opening without having to kick it. The scent of violas, hyacinths and narcissi wafting […]

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Let the Show Begin!

After almost four weeks away from our coastal garden I am back in the driving seat. For a fleeting moment this morning it felt like spring was really here – warm sun on my back and birds singing in the trees. The warmth brings out the foxy odour of Fritillaria imperialis, which I find strangely […]

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