Summer’s Fiery Finale

Coming out of the tube station after work tonight it was already getting dark. It was just 7.30pm, a sure sign that summer is over and autumn is upon us. I live for summer, so struggle to come to terms with the shortening days and the prospect of winter. But it’s far from over in […]

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Shades of Summer

We have been away from our seaside garden for two full weeks.   This always makes me uneasy, especially when the weather is warm and everything is growing so fast.  It’s also heartbreaking to miss some of the wonderful things that are flowering at this time of year.  Still, needs must and we have a […]

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Beautiful Stranger – Beschorneria yuccoides

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 and 8ft long flower stalk, covered in bright green and red flowers, made it quite a talking point – even if it did take up half the garden for half the […]

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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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