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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Clinging to the Hind Leg of a Bumble Bee

May 24, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   No Comments

So far, May has been quite mad – everything’s blummin’ growing! Well, it IS May, so I guess it’s only to be expected. Tidy box hedges and topiary are now fresh green and frizzy and taunting my shears. Perennials have …

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Nibbled by Dinosaurs

April 12, 2015  /   By Nicki  /   4 Comments

It’s been completely out of character for our British weather – an Easter weekend that was not only dry, but sunny as well and I think it has had everybody swooning – not just from the warmth of the sunshine, …

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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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