Category Archives: Gardening

Back to Abnormality!

It’s Sunday morning and for the first time in many weeks I’m not sitting down to write the last few chapters of my new book. Because they’re finished! Last night to celebrate we opened a bottle of Champagne which we … Continue reading

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Dig for Victory!

The Dig for Victory campaign was launched in 1941 at a time when food imports to Britain were being blocked by a very successful enemy naval blockade – mostly using submarines. Today, of course, the enemy is the Covid-19 pandemic, … Continue reading

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Late February: The End of the Wet?

First let me say a few words of welcome to anyone who has had the sound good sense to follow this blog having read my short piece (‘I wouldn’t be without…’) in the Correspondence section of the March issue of … Continue reading

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Digging the Vegetable Garden: One of My Favourite Jobs of the Year

I know there’s a big danger about droning on and on about a wet season, but whenever I meet other gardeners that’s all we ever want to do. And it seems to make us all feel just a little less … Continue reading

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Oh Dear, What a Wet Season…

The rain showers kept coming. As my favourite commentator, Brenda from Bristol, would have said: ‘Not another one!’.1 The rain started more or less the weekend after we opened the garden for the National Gardens Scheme, back in September (note … Continue reading

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The Late Autumn Garden (or I Loathe and Detest Leaf-Blowers)

I’m writing this on November 2nd and what a strange autumn it has been so far. I don’t think I can recall a wetter season: we’ve barely been able to get into the garden since we opened, back in late … Continue reading

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Off to a Cracking Start

Today began bright and sunny and it stayed that way. In fact, I think it was the sunniest garden opening we have every experienced. To our delight, visitors started to pour in from our opening at eleven, and the car … Continue reading

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Early Autumn: Getting ready to Open the Garden on September 21st and 22nd

Why is it that when deadlines approach, things always seem to go pear-shaped? I’m tempted to mention the Brexit fiasco, but it’s all too inept, divisive, dishonest and depressing. So let’s return to reality and what has been happening in … Continue reading

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High Summer 2019: Hot and Wet

I think last Thursday, July 25th was the hottest day I’ve ever experienced and at 38.7o Celsius (101.66o Fahrenheit) the thermometer in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden agreed with me: an all-time British record. But it was the humidity that … Continue reading

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Hello to All This…

And what do we start with? Why, sheep of course! I know what I said in my last blog post, but this is what we in Britain once used to be very good at, namely, compromise. I contacted two neighbouring … Continue reading

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