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Visit to June Blake’s Garden, County Wicklow

Today it’s 31C and I’ve retreated inside, it’s too hot and humid to garden seriously! A couple of weeks ago we visited June Blake’s Garden in County Wicklow, (actually we stayed at The Cow House which is in the gardens … Continue reading

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One swallow does make the start of Spring

What a lovely day it was yesterday – the sun shone, the bees buzzed amongst the pulmonaria, the Carrion Crow pair saw off a rival nest builder, and after looking up into the blue cloudless sky all day, a swallow … Continue reading

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Smiley crocus day

Friday was a lovely day – so very spring-like. All the odds and sods of crocuses threw themselves open to the sun. I’ve been adding various named and regular tommies but can’t remember which are which. And due to a … Continue reading

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Cyclamenic dilemma

The warmer weather is bringing bulbs up. Today I’ve seen daffodils out in a number of places already. I’m guessing they are Rijnveldt’s Early Sensation. Not in my garden though, none are anywhere close.  Although as if from nowhere, the … Continue reading

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In the mood – cyclamen and hellebores

Gardening in winter is always a bit hit and miss. Sometimes on a wet grey day I look out at the soggy lawn and bedraggled browned stems, sorry remnants of summer and autumn’s grand finale and think, Nah! Not going … Continue reading

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When did we say goodbye to summer?

It seems a few days ago I was tripping about in August waiting for some sunshine to ripen tomatoes and set squashes and then suddenly here we are in mid October. It was getting very dry again but now the … Continue reading

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Gooseberry fool and roses

All the watering you can do doesn’t have the same effect as a goodly drop of rain. OK it also downed a few things and the pelargonium flowers aren’t loving it, petals have gone brown and mouldy but overall everything … Continue reading

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Thank you Cothi Gardeners

On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far (and the longest day), I was invited to give a talk, Scents and scentsability – gardening led by the nose to the Cothi Gardeners. … Continue reading

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Whatever the weather

It’s been a funny old year so far weatherwise. Most of the plants that were hit by that hard frost in late April have come through, albeit with less vigour having had to put out new growth a second time. … Continue reading

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Cruel April Frost

Come on my pretties said the early April sun, so up they came and on came the buds, leaves and blossom. Light frost on Tuesday morning – yes we can cope said most of the plants, a few with a … Continue reading

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