Turning my back on a crab

Lets be clear right from the outset – I’m not trying to generate sympathy when I start to mourn what I’m missing in my own garden while I’m away for the next month checking out gardens in Italy and the US. Continue reading

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Affirmation from Middle Earth

Doubled up on the couch with a crippling, hacking cough on sunday, and for want of anything better to do, I put on the DVD of Fellowship of the Ring.  There’s old Bilbo beginning his book of adventure, and in a preface, ‘Concerning hobbits’, mentions their love of growing things. Continue reading

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Penny – this post’s for you

I’m still on the hellebore thing, and have just today got my hands on the most sensational macro lens – two good reasons to show some pics of Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’.  A third and altogether poorer reason is to sort out once and for all if commenter Penny needs to grow this thing. Continue reading

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Hellebores revisited

I can’t stop looking at these hellebores I’ve been given.  I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what they reminded me of – where I’d seen that colour combination elsewhere in nature.  I kept thinking ‘peach’ but couldn’t get why.  Then it struck me – they’re an exact repeat of that astonishing colour phenomenon that occurs with the rich, ruby staining on the flesh of a white peach nearest to the stone. Continue reading

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A nice, cosy, non-actionable think

All this practical stuff is setting my teeth on edge.  When I started out, I’d have been happy if the only physical action resulting from this blog was a slow, contemplative rubbing of the chin and a distant look in the eye. Continue reading

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