Small gardens

A Touch of Ginger

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Bringing a touch of the tropics to our garden this summer are two members of the ginger family – Hedychium densiflorum “Stephen” and Cautleya […]

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Busy Doing Nothing

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Unlike my week, which is packed to say the least, the weekend was one of those rare and precious occasions on which there was […]

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Shades of Summer

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We have been away from our seaside garden for two full weeks.   This always makes me uneasy, especially when the weather is warm […]

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Cucumber Cottage, Sandwich

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Sandwich is full of lanes with quirky names such as Pondicherry Alley and Knighrider Street, each packed with an interesting mix of grand houses, […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

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One thing this weather is good for is making things grow…..really fast.  We arrived back home this morning and opened the gate to find […]

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Looking good

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I have to admit that just at the moment I am feeling reasonably content with how the garden is shaping up. It is 5 […]

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Summer scents

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July is the month when our seaside garden is at its most fragrant. In a normal year we’ll spend many happy evenings outside, enjoying […]

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Beautiful Stranger – Beschorneria yuccoides

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This weird and wonderful creature is Beschorneria yuccoides, a rare but hardy yucca-like plant, flowering in our seaside garden last year. Its bluish-green leaves […]

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True Blue

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This little gem of a plant is Convolvulus sabatius, otherwise known as Blue Rock Bindweed.  Unlike its invasive, white-flowered cousin it does not spread like […]

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Fantastic Mr Foxglove

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After a  fairly challenging day at work, my spirits were lifted when I returned home to find this lovely foxglove coming into flower by […]

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Abutilon “Nabob”

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I have an addiction – well, maybe more than one actually – but the one I’ll admit to is to buying plants. I seem […]

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Captivating Annuals

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Whilst walking along Highgate High Street this afternoon, I was stopped by these charming pots of annual plants on the steps of the local […]

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