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Hampton Court, Part 2

I have decided that to thoroughly see everything at the Royal Horticuluture Shows, two days is necessary. On Monday, Press Day, I got distracted from looking at gardens by seeing lots of lovely people in the industry and stopping to chat. Or have champagne, thank you Craig at London Stone for that! But suffice to say, I did not see everything which I wished to so I headed back on Thursday afternoon…

10/07
2017
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Hampton Court Round-Up

Scorching hot weather set the scene for 2017's Hampton Court Flower Show and I ventured out for not one, but two days to fully take in the sights.

07/07
2017
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Turn of the Seasons

The weather is teasing at the moment. Lulling, caressing winds with almost a hint of warmth alternate with gales and cold. The garden responds by carrying on. Bulbs continue to flower. Shrubs continue to offer their sharply scented inconspicuous flowers this time of year, hidden beneath evergreen leaves which protect the delicate blossom from rain and wind in the hope of luring a passing solitary…

26/02
2017
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Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent

A visit to Trentham to see the planting by Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith

13/09
2016
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August Days

August rolled in with a shock of heavy rain of the 1st but this has since been followed with days of hot golden hazy sunshine. It is 'proper' summer weather, with the heat shimmering of the fields and in the garden. The fields around us are being cut and, on some nights, the noise of the combine harvesters working away send us off to sleep with a lullaby of muffled machinery. 

The field…

08/08
2016
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Cutting Garden and Planting

May has vanished in a cloud of cold air and we all welcomed in June this past weekend wearing shorts and suncream. I cannot remember ever being cold enough to light the fire in the kitchen log-burner over May Half-Term before this past week but it was very cold here in Wyck! What a change the weekend brought!

07/06
2016
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The One about Woolbeding

A warm sunny day in May in Sussex. What to do... what to do... And so to Woolbeding for the first time. 

Woolbeding

01/06
2016
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Rousham in the Winter

Much has been written about Rousham over the centuries. The house, which was built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. The garden was laid out by Charles Bridgeman in 1737 and then updated and improved in 1741 by William Kent, who also added the two wings to the house. Both house and garden are remarkably little changed…

25/02
2016
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September - Catch Up at a Project Planted in April

Where have the last three months gone? Away on a whirl of holidays and friends, family and events. Now the dust has settled and then my oldest leaves home for four years of university.

Work has been busy busy busy! August was not the traditional quiet month at all with enquiries coming in despite the holiday. At the moment, I am busy with  a project…

20/09
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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