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G This week my mum and I went to see the novelist Charlotte Mendelson talking about her new non-fiction book about her tiny North London garden, Rhapsody In Green, to the Lewes Literary Society. Ch… Source: Bohemian Rhapsody
In an ideal world I would spend a large portion of my waking hours in the garden, but pesky kids and work keep getting in the way. The bulbs I ordered have been sitting accusatorily in their box on the dining room table for a fortnight. So on Sunday morning when the sun had burned… Continue reading How many bulbs does it take to…?
My bulb order has arrived… Can’t wait to get these bad boys in the ground. And even more excited to see what they look like in the Spring – and whether my colour combos work or prove to be rainbow madness.
I am slightly daunted by our new garden, so have decided to tackle one small patch at a time, starting at the front. The past few days have been spent removing a thick carpet of grass and weeds from beneath established shrubs and roses, adding some lovely Wilco’s horse manure compost and planting these UK… Continue reading Hellebores for winter
“Flamenco is not just a music – for many it is a way of life, a philosophy that influences daily activities.” So says the Rough Guide to Andalucía and on our recent visit to the Sierra de Aracena in the hills to the north of Seville, I found myself wondering if the passion and flamboyance… Continue reading Flamenco gardening
They say you should live with a garden for a year before making any changes, so I have done very little in our new garden this summer other than a bit of deadheading and weeding in the few snatched moments that the school summer holidays permit. But in between stopping the Under-under-gardener from ingesting the… Continue reading August garden
When we moved in to our new garden two months ago we inherited a giant cat toilet sandpit. It was an instant hit with the under-gardeners who have spent many an hour happily digging out feline faeces and hunting for dinosaur bones (Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures has a lot to answer for). Given the not entirely sanitary… Continue reading It’s the pits…or life’s a beach
The name of Stephen and Nick Duffy’s folk rock band keeps on springing to mind as I wander round the streets at this time of year, catching the heady fragrance of lilac on the air, full of eastern promise. For most of the year, lilac (Syringa) is an uninspiring shrub, but in late April, early… Continue reading The Lilac Time
Loving these bad boy wildflowers fighting for territory on the Lewes to Kingston cycle path: comfrey, nettles, dock, campion, teasles and more. This is what happens when plants with big egos get together.