Category Archives: Gardening

More Soggy Than Blazing…mid-June, 2016

A couple of days ago I dug the first early potatoes of the season. It had been raining on and off for the previous ten days and the soil was more like porridge than earth. My heart sank as I … Continue reading

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The Garden in Late Spring

In a normal year the second half of May is to all intents and purposes part of summer. But not this year – oh no, certainly not this year… As I write, bitter north-easterly winds, sharp showers and even thunderstorms … Continue reading

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A Frozen Stroll

I don’t think I can ever recall such a bitterly cold April. We’re now in the last week of the month, the wind has refused to switch west or south, so stubbornly chills us from the north and east. Normally … Continue reading

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Un-Designed Effects (or, Gosh, That Looks Better Than I’d Intended!)

I don’t want this late winter garden blog post to become a piece of anti-designer invective, because I have to concede that some of the finest gardens ever created were actually drawn in advance of their creation, on sheets of … Continue reading

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Writer’s Traffic Jam

You would have thought that after 71 years on this planet I might have learned something about planning my life. But, no. Things still creep up on me and my best laid plans go awry. As a gardener and farmer … Continue reading

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Some Good Books, 1: Shire Library

I was originally intending to write a book review blog post before Christmas, but a publisher’s deadline (December 31st) intervened; so my plans had to change. And then I thought about it further. What was it that irritated me about … Continue reading

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2015, the Best Autumn Colour for Many Years

We are told that this year’s astonishingly good autumn colours were down to cold nights and not too many strong winds, that would bring the leaves down. But for some reason, too, the colours have been incredibly subtle. Yes, the … Continue reading

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