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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Haute Couture in The Spring

May 8, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

It’s not fair. Every spring, Mother Nature churns out the same colours and dons the same attire and time and again we gasp at her perfection and complete loveliness. She’s got it all – the colours, the delicacy, accessories and …

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Cherry Blossom and Speedwell

April 13, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

This is the time of year when the quality of the birdsong is quite lovely. However, having said that, and having a large tree outside the bedroom window, my dictum does not begin at dawn. But it is a magical …

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The Antediluvian Gardener

February 5, 2014  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

For two weeks, I was in a wilderness. A wilderness that seemed devoid of trees or sustenance. That’s probably slightly over-dramatic – let me enlighten you… I think that I am slightly old school – I like to write letters …

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Violas versus Ponsettias and Reindeer Droppings

December 19, 2013  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

It’s that time of year when I am journeying around the country being Father Christmas and delivering presents. But, thankfully, minus the white beard, reindeer and the ho, ho, ho-ing. It’s a silly time to be doing so much traveling, …

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Gathering Rainbows

November 30, 2013  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

Raking up the glorious copper carpet of leaves from beneath the huge copper beech tree at the historic Broad Gate, my heart skipped from autumn to spring as there, poking their green bullet noses through the still-warm earth, were the …

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Everything Changes

October 20, 2013  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

Shocked – shocked more than surprised – “But how can you leave your garden?” Well, I can’t exactly take it with me, can I? When it comes to moving house you remove all your possessions and leave an empty shell …

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