Pondering the mead

I was making a hasty departure from Longwood a few weeks back, and with no time to take a proper look at the excellent shop near the exit, snatched up a book on meadows near the door.  After a very quick flick and a glance at the price I shoved a copy and the right cash into the hands of one of my group who happened to be near the front of the checkout queue. Continue reading

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Annual vs Manual

I’ve received two seed catalogues in the mail in the last couple of weeks.  The Diggers Seed Annual and the Lambley Nursery Seed Manual.  They’re almost identical in size and glossiness etc, but couldn’t be more different in their underlying philosophy, particularly in regard to their vegetable seeds. Continue reading

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One Day….Part the Second

So here’s the rest of the poem, following on from Monday’s post.  My point was that if real plants were truly in danger of being superseded, the media and the nurseries had to take partial responsibility for devaluing or underselling both the depth and breadth of the appeal of gardening. Continue reading

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Who’d have thought?

I really should have learned by now that the satisfaction/fun/pleasure returns from any particular job in the garden are nearly impossible to predict.  I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve put off doing something – sometimes for an outrageous length of time – only to find that I’ve really enjoyed doing it when I finally faced it. Continue reading

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Contemplating the Cosmos

I ought to be ashamed of my cosmos.  And I am.

When you know how good it can be; how tall, wide, strong – muscular, even  – then you know that this is a pathetic effort, if not quite a total fail. Continue reading

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Thinking inside the sphere

Just clipping my English box given the cool and cloudy weather, thus minimizing the post-clip burn that can decimate these otherwise bullet-proof plants.  Box manifests in three forms here – spheres; long, lumpy curvaceous grubs; and low formal hedging forming arcs around raised veg beds. Continue reading

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A couple of depressing truths about evergreens

Have you ever thought about how very few smallish evergreen shrubs there are with any longevity to speak of?  If not, don’t.   It might be best not to read on.  It’s too sobering. Continue reading

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And thence to fragility

If anticipation is one of the assumed but rarely articulated responses that contribute an exquisite, almost painful ache to the whole garden thing, fragility is another. Continue reading

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