Monthly Archives: April 2013

Magnolias at Hillier’s

On Tuesday I went, with my good friend Lyn, to The Hillier Gardens.  Glorious sunny day! The re-vamped Centenary borders looked very impressive – I must go back later to see how they develop. Camellias were out, in all their … Continue reading

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Didn’t it Rain!

I had an outing yesterday with Plant Heritage. This national group is celebrating its 35th anniversary and I have been a member for most of that time. When we started all those years ago many good garden plants were being … Continue reading

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Beatles in the Watermeadows

There is a certain grim pleasure in a winter walk. Everything is stripped back to the skeleton – bare bones.  You can see the structure . I’m fortunate – I can walk in the water meadows near the River Test.  … Continue reading

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Some Like it Cold

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.  And we’ve certainly had a very ill wind over the last couple of days. I’ve never worn so many clothes! So it’s good that one of our plants seems to be … Continue reading

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Keep Calm, Etcetera

“Celebrate Spring!” is the headline of the flyer I received through the post from our local nursery, Hilliers. Spring – WHAT SPRING? Today it seems worse than ever.  Welcome to Siberia! Our first opening for the National Gardens Scheme this … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa

Oh dear – a small disaster in the greenhouse! Our greenhouse is divided into two.  One section has a thermostatically-controlled electric heater.  It’s no bother (unless we have a power cut….) The other section has a paraffin heater, which is … Continue reading

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