Growing From Seed

Growing from seed requires a certain amount of patience, which is not something I have in spades. It also requires persistence and occasionally a good sense of humour. I have a window sill in my utility room which gets pretty good sun and is ideally positioned for lavishing attention and expectation on lots of little…

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Ground Cover

No-one likes a bald spot right? For any garden big or small there are going to be spots where you might appreciate a plant that will take over like a blanket. This provides cover and interest, but also helps to stop weeds proliferating. These are the scrubby areas next to a building or beside the…

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Sunflower Seeds

After chucking a load of seeds around the borders last Spring this beauty of a sunflower popped up. We nicknamed her Farrah Fawcet and I “papped” her every time I went into the garden. After she had gone to seed we collected loads, as I’ve no idea what type she is and can’t even remember…

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Succession

Nope not the super cool HBO series, but the need to replace and rejuvenate horticulturally speaking. Kind of scary if like me you moved into an awesome garden and then realised you need to keep it going by doing more than a bit of watering, weeding and pruning. Doing this means taking care of: Planting…

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Clematis Experiments

This is the first year in the garden when I’ve truly wondered what clematis I have. It sounds a bit mad, but there are maybe half a dozen clematis here and I don’t know what most of them are. This leads to pruning quandaries and for the first time looking back through dozens of pictures…

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Orchid Flasking

It was so windy last weekend and freezing cold. We didn’t get up to much in the garden aside from a bit of weeding. Instead we turned to indoor projects, which includes sewing seeds that don’t germinate, murdering houseplants and now a new hobby: orchid flasking! Since I started writing this I’ve realised that the…

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Divide and Conquer

Last year I really got into the swing of moving things around and dividing plants. Only the easier stuff of course, but it paid dividends and although I wasn’t terribly confident it did seem very easy and it worked. I would love to trot down to the garden centre every other week, but once I…

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Freeze

No, no, no it will be -4 overnight apparently and I went and put all the Dhalia tubers in. The ones that don’t like cold and you are supposed to dig up every year and wrap in little blankets and keep in the potting shed. I always do this. I have no patience and just…

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Hellebores

We have two really well established Nepeta (Cat Mint) plants either side of our front door that go wild every year and cover everything within a meter radius. The problem is Spring in this garden border. Once the Nepeta is cut back, there’s just a messy bald patch that was a mass of flowers for…

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