Here Comes Summer!

The title of of this post is tongue-in-cheek given I’m sat at my desk with rain pattering on the skylight and a brisk draught whipping around my ankles. Three weeks of ‘too-good-to-be-true’ weather ended, here in the South East of England at least, with an almighty thunder storm last Wednesday. More storms on Thursday were […]

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Soaked

  “It never rains, but it pours” is an English expression which means that when troubles come, they all come together. This week the phrase might have been applied literally to the deluge we experienced in East Kent. Dramatic thunder storms on Monday night were followed by almost 24 hours of persistent, but very welcome […]

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A Tale of Two Gardens

  Nurturing two gardens eighty eight miles apart is mainly a blessing, but sometimes a curse. The task becomes tricky if we want to take a holiday, spend more time in one place than the other, or if we hit a dry, wet or windy spell, which is all too often. Each scenario comes with […]

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Polegate Cottage: Three Months On

It’s been three months since we bought the house next door. The idea is to convert The Watch House and Polegate Cottage into one home, giving us a library, an additional bathroom and two more bedrooms for guests. We need to make a good job of it as we might never be able to afford […]

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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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In The Garden This Week

Our coastal garden is starting to look really exciting now, with lots of lush growth being encouraged by the warm sunshine.  It’s still very leafy for the time of year, with some flowers a number of weeks behind.   Our Agapanthus africanus are normally on the brink of blooming by now, but the snake-like heads are […]

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Windy Ridge, St Margaret’s at Cliffe

The National Gardens Scheme is an absolutely wonderful charity, allowing gardeners and garden lovers access to thousands of private gardens across the country every year. Participating gardens come in all shapes and sizes, offering everything from high horticulture to naturalistic and ecological styles. What all the gardens offer is a rare glimpse into a nation’s […]

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Bulbs to light up the summer

Given the shocking weather (I promise not to mention the weather again …. for a few days at least!), and that we’ll be on our travels after Easter, I’ve decided not to sow any seeds until the end of April. This is very late, but I can’t go another spring with the dining room looking […]

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Sowing the seed for 2013

My introduction to gardening was through the pages of seed catalogues. As a young child I could sit for hours looking through the pages of colourful annuals, later cutting them up to make garish collages. Suttons, Dobies, Mr Fothergills or Unwins, I was neither fussy nor discerning. Fortunately none of those colourful creations survive to […]

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The Floating Gardens of Inle Lake

If, like me, you’re accustomed to gardening on dry land, Inle lake in Burma is a bit of an eye-opener. For here the fruits float and the veg ride the ripples of a vast, idyllic lake. The lake itself is situated about 2900ft above sea level, bordered on either side by mountains which bring frequent […]

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