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February rolls into March - what is happening in the garden?

Some gardeners hate February. I am not one of those people. I love the sudden changes in the weather - those days when the wind drops and in the sunshine it is almost warm enough to garden in a t-shirt yet in the deep shade of the hedges the frost remains all day. Those beautiful clear days are usually followed by cold nights, the stars close enough to touch, hard frosts, and then by seemingly never-ending…

01/03
2015
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The Perfect Sunday

I hope you were all outside yesterday. It was a great day - less wind, more sun - and thankfull it happened at the weekend!

My Sunday started in a relaxed fashion. A bit of a lie-in, followed by a bowl of porridge, a mug of coffee,  and in the background Radio 4 Desert Island Discs featuring Dan Pearson. Bliss.

It then continued outside into our garden for the first 'real' day of…

09/02
2015
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The Society of Garden Designers Awards 2014

Friday night was the night for the annual awards ceremony for the Society of Garden Designers, so called 'the Oscar's of the Garden Design world' by the Telegraph

Over 350 were on hand at the Forum Hotel in South Kensington for the event; generous…

02/02
2015
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Loseley Park and The Garden Show

About this time of year, I start thinking of summer. The forecast snow has yet to appear but the cold bitter wind has sent me indoors to dream of long languid days spent sitting in the shade of a large tree. 

In July last year, I was invited to visit the Garden Show at Loseley Park. This is a sister show to the Garden Show at Stansted Park which I wrote

29/01
2015
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Everything's Coming Up Roses

January seems to be a good time to have a clear out - clear the office, clear my head, get a move on and get rid of the cobwebs, both literal and figural, which are hanging over my head.

I am trying to juggle several different jobs at the moment across Hampshire but what has got me really excited is that we have finished our building project so I can actually…

20/01
2015
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Wreath Making at West Green House

I love a bit of wreath making. And I love a bit of garden visiting. So any chance to combine these two favourite activities with a chance to sit and have cake and tea with a great friend and go to a bit of Christmas Fair to boot gets high marks in my book. 

Yesterday I headed to West Green House in West Green, Hartley…

09/12
2014
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Red in the Garden - Berries, Leaves and Bark

Late autumn in the garden. A lot of gardening people hate this time of year. Plants are dying back. Borders needs clearing. Leaves are falling faster than the rain and it is all slippery and wet out there. 

I love it. I love the hot colours which are revealed in autumn. Strident reds are revealed as leaves change. Clear yellows of berries which the taste police would not have in summer.…

27/11
2014
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The glories of October

When I was young, growing up near Chicago, the term Indian Summer meant many things to me: long warm days filled with the smell of bonfires (until those were banned in my suburban Chicago neighbourhood) and decay; the sound of cracking leaves underfoot; golden sunsets silhouetting trees and long long shadows.

29/10
2014
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Autumn Colour

A low mist hung in the air this morning and leaves are scattered on the ground. The air is full of the smell of bonfires and a hint of damp and Wednesday will be the first day of October. Despite the summer-like warm weather of the past weekend, Autumn is here and now is the time to look for planting that will prolong the life and colour in the garden until the first frosts hit and carry the garden…

29/09
2014
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Autumn Bliss

The days are undeniably shorter and this morning was positively cold when I took The Boy to Bentley Station at 6:30. Low mist hung over the fields and the sheep were silently moving through the fields. The recent weeks have been filled with thoughts on finishing the building project here as we wind down to (nearly) the end of the long list of things which needed…

22/09
2014
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