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Garden Visit - Petersfield Physic Garden

The Petersfield Physic Garden is a small oasis of tranquillity just off the High Street in this Hampshire market town. Open since 1990, it offers a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

07/04
2014
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Nursery Visit - Pepperpot Herbs, Surrey

Pepperpot Herb Nursery is a specialist herb nursery located in the Surrey Hills near Farnham. Established in 1998, the family-run nursery sells through local garden centres as well as Farmers Markets and have a thriving on-line business for their seasonal herbs.

30/03
2014
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In Praise of Yellow

Nearly every client says to me that they do not like yellow. Cannot abide it. Please do not use yellow in the garden. I love yellow. The colour of the sun, of the yolk of an egg and of joy. A garden needs yellow to break up all that tasteful green and soft blue. Yellow can lift the spirits and to provide contrast. Here is my Ode to Yellow:

17/03
2014
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March Madness... 'Trust in Fashion'

Life has been crazily busy this past week and yet it is only Thursday. This week has had an invitation to a Fashion Show in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity held at the Savoy in London.

13/03
2014
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Lake District, Halfterm Holidays and Levens Hall

Halfterm was spent on the shores of Derwent Water. Our base was in Rosthwaite and we planned several walks and days out with the children. One of the highlights for me was a morning spent with the Head Gardener of Levens Hall near Kendal, home of the Bagot family and some of the most amazing topiary I have ever seen. All in all, it was a very good week of fresh air and lots of time outside.

24/02
2014
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It is Valentine's Day

As the rain lashes down and the wind once again picks up, a review of a rather lovely week

14/02
2014
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An Ode to Battersea Park, part I

Recently I have been spending more time in London, I have really enjoyed becoming reacquainted with the city I knew when I was younger and getting to know new parts. Battersea Park is one such place. It is usually my first stop in the mornings with the dogs and I am slowly learning about it's different facets. The Festival Gardens are todays stop:

06/02
2014
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The Beginning

The move out of London years ago changed many aspects of our lives; there was space to run around, we got a dog, we savoured falling leaves and bonfires, those little things which all add up to create memories remembered long after the fire has died. But the most important thing for me is that it prompted an entire change of career. The days spent valuing items and sending fine art across the globe changed to long days spent sowing sweet pea seeds in October, listening to the sound of rain hitting the roof of the greenhouse, relishing aching arm muscles gotten from turning compost heaps and of the pleasure of eating something freshly picked. My daughter became an expert at decimating a crop of fresh peas even faster than the pigeons and we all grew to like stewed rhubarb.

15/01
2014
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