Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Good Bargain

It seems that very few people buy things at Garden Centres in January. The advantage for year-round gardeners, like me, is that there are bargains to be had. One of our local chains was offering 20% off everything this month. … Continue reading

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Something Nasty in the Veg Plot

At last I got round to ordering my seeds for the coming year – juggling several seed merchants. I am one of those sad people who enjoy reading catalogues for relaxation – even the encyclopedic and un-illustrated offering from Chiltern … Continue reading

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Back to work

My first whole day in the garden since before Christmas.  The seasons over-indulgence and inactivity have taken their toll, so I did lots of varied short-term activities. In the course of the day I have:- Cleared the gravel garden of … Continue reading

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Good Housekeeping

A drear and dismal day, but I needed to get outside after spending far too much time on the computer. Not feeling very energetic, I spent the morning pottering about in the greenhouse. Tidying all the plants in their pots … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Sun

A photo of Sandy and Sam.  He called it ‘Under-Gardener and Dog’.  It’s one of their favourite places to sit – in front of the house – it’s sheltered and catches the sun. I must remember that gardens are for … Continue reading

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The Structure of Things

Last week I was debating with myself whether I should remove the frost protection I had put around various slightly tender plants – Phomiums, Astelias, small Fatsias and so on.  Today we woke up to a severe frost, so I’m … Continue reading

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January Perfume

There can be few plants more beautiful on a dull January day than Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill.  I’m a bit wary of Daphnes, they are quite fussy, and tend to die if they aren’t happy with their location.  But I … Continue reading

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