Category Archives: Garden

The big spirea

There’s a conflict between the size the spirea needs to be to flower well and the space for it in the flower border. This year I’ve allowed it to get big so it’s flowering profusely. Advertisements

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A tale of two gooseberry bushes

Alarmed by the increasingly sagging branches of one gooseberry bush, I headed out straight after breakfast and picked a load of unripe fruit to lighten the bush’s load. (Stewed with a little extra sugar, it’ll be fine.) There’s so much … Continue reading

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Bee food

The bees are back – there is a constant hum around the comfrey and poached-egg plants. The yellow rattle doesn’t even get a look-in. My frenzy, on return from holiday, of tidying and control has calmed down. A little light … Continue reading

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Rock rose

It blooms for so brief a time, but even its fallen petals make an impact.

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Bird food

It’s enjoyable sitting in the garden at present – not just because of the virtuous, relieved feeling of having got it back under control after the holiday (garden dictator that I am) or because of the lovely weather, but also … Continue reading

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The rose arch

I have butchered the rose arch! It was a tangled profusion of roses, honeysuckle, clematis and beech hedge, but you had to duck to get through it and there was a lot of dead wood. So I set to with … Continue reading

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The ornamental cherry tree

A couple of weeks later than last year, but as stunning as ever. I just wish the weather were as good.

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