April 27, 2016  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

This spring I have been particularly taken with the humble Forget-me-not. Blue seems to be a sought after colour in our gardens and at this time of year it is a delight to see a great froth of sky blue …

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Pompom Chicks and Dahlias

March 30, 2016  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

So our early Easter has been blown away by storm Katie, our supermarkets now sport shelves of reduced chocolate eggs and Simnel cakes and any knitted rabbits are being pushed to the back of the drawer along with the pompom …

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New Hat – No Pressure

February 17, 2016  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

I love the diversity of my job. One day I can be spreading compost on herbaceous borders and next, wielding a drafting pen at my drawing board. I might then be up a ladder pruning some brute of a rose …

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Seriously Squelchy

January 10, 2016  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

Do you remember when the water butts ran dry and that in September the ground was too hard to plant those first bulbs? No, me neither. Then again, who can remember wrapping up head to toe in double layer thermals …

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Something a Bit Different

December 7, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   2 Comments

Okay, so that was Autumn – it was pretty amazing though, wasn’t it?  Didn’t it break some record for being the mildest in a million years or more? Interestingly though, the first frost this season came on November 24th – …

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The Last Leaf

November 6, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

I’m still going on about this autumn, as those first few days of this month have felt like, well, felt like a proper November… … damp and misty with leaves drifting down to create vast skirts of reds, golds and …

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Just a Couple of Days of Rain, Please.

October 18, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   2 Comments

Autumn seems to be quite furtive in its arrival this year, sliding in on the heels of a summer that refuses to bow out. It seems that we have had weeks of low sunlight filtering through the gradually changing trees …

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Grown up Planting and Green Tomatoes

September 13, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

Autumn seems to be gradually nudging away the summer with delicate cyclamen flowers appearing in pale pink drifts, blackberries growing plump and juicy in the hedgerows and my tomatoes staying stubbornly green. August whacked me with the usual mammoth tasks …

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Putting on my Seed Head

July 28, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

Mid-summer, and already I’m hearing complaints that there’s nothing left in the garden (apart from undesirable pests and black spot) – everything’s gone to seed, it’s all over, especially the roses, and that from now on it’s all downhill to …

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Bald Spots and Tech

June 18, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

A couple of weeks ago I undertook a 4 hour drive to a part of the country that I was unfamiliar with, and on arrival at my destination walked into a garden that although I had never visited, I knew …

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