Nudging into Spring

March 15, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

The spring equinox is on Friday and our typically unpredictable weather leading up to it seems to have been blowing hot and cold – literally. On one day I was working almost in shirt sleeves without the usual muffling up …

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The Well Rounded Gardener

February 25, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

Shrove Tuesday came and went without a pancake in sight, just a biting wintry wind that pushed relentlessly into Ash Wednesday. Should I give up something for Lent I wondered, stooping to cut back the last of the perennials ready …

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New Year Head Count

January 14, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

Working in one of my favourite gardens on New Years Eve, I counted 14 different species of plant in flower. Some were expected such as the winter flowering Jasmine and the Chaenomeles (or Japanese Quince), but others were definitely out …

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A Christmas Carrot

December 16, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   5 Comments

Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my Christmas party – it consisted of a box of Christmas Santas eaten in one sitting while half watching something dire on the television. An office party doesn’t really ring any …

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What Lies Beneath

November 16, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

I read a letter in a recent issue of the RHS Garden magazine which was in response to an article about ‘What is your favourite garden tool?’ I don’t actually recall what the tool was that this person favoured, but …

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Snipers and Armadillos in The Garden

October 12, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

I seem to have spent a great many years grubbing about in the soil – I guess it’s part of my job description as a ‘Gardener’ – and it goes from full-on double digging to down on my knees and …

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That Autumn Clarity

September 13, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   1 Comment

The first leaves have been crunched underfoot, the juiciest blackberries nabbed and windfall apples are now starting to thud to the ground. Yup – autumn is slowly smoothing off the corners of those hot summer days. It’s all a bit …

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Nestling Among the Sweet peas and Cornflakes

August 18, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   2 Comments

I picked a fistful of Sweet peas today. They now sit in a small blue glazed jug on the kitchen dresser and fill the whole room with their scent. I shall probably pick another bunch tomorrow and more the next …

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There is Only One Heligan

July 14, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

I’m not going to say where or when, not the time of year or day, not even the country – but I just have to say it… A moderately sized open garden with a small sign in one area proclaiming …

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The Wily Weed and The Gardener

June 14, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

Ok, so there I am, mug of tea in one hand, pair of gardening gloves in the other, and I’m chatting with my client about how much I enjoy working in her garden. And in turn, she’s saying (and I’m …

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