Category Archives: Gardens and Gardening

Collections

Lots of National Trust properties have collections of some sort , usually within the building, but Upton House has a National Plant Collection of Asters and they make a visit at this time of year extra special. The garden itself … Continue reading

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Spring – The Promise of Things to come

March 1st, St David’s Day and officially the first day of spring in meteorological terms. Generally this has been a day for judging how harsh a winter we have had in our garden. Always touch and go whether there would … Continue reading

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Valentines and Names

Valentine’s Day, the day when traditionally birds were supposed to pair up, anonymous cards are sent and, according to an email I received earlier this week, gardens and estates in Devon and Cornwall count species in flower to see how … Continue reading

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Diaries and Journals

How often in a crime drama or novel the detective seeks out the diary of the victim and from it deduces all sorts of information. Like many people I do keep a diary but the only clues to future readers … Continue reading

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Unseasonable Happenings and Writing

It is hard to believe it is winter at present. In Wales at New Year I saw daffodils herald the New Year rather than St David’s Day and these photos taken in the garden today show spring and even early … Continue reading

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Not the A-Z Challenge update

Despite the fine weather beckoning I have managed to resist spending all the time gardening over the past few days and have completed and submitted four short pieces requested by an editor. At only 100 words in length that may … Continue reading

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More opportunties

A much neglected blog the past month so a few things to catch up on from previous posts. After posting about the Big Garden Birdwatch we had a fall of snow that night and a light covering remained the next … Continue reading

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Harvest Home

I was very young when I visited some relatives who worked as gardener and cook/housekeeper at a large country property. I have few memories of the visit but one abiding one is of the huge walk-larder with shelf upon shelf … Continue reading

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A real buzz

Glorious weather for the Blenheim Flower Show this weekend and for this second year the emphasis was very much on the bee theme. Several show gardens included plants beneficial to bees and other pollinators and leaflets available at many of … Continue reading

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Green

A town-dwelling friend marvelled at how people could live in the countryside. “All that green. So boring.” She talked as if all green things were the same colour and shade yet the reality is quite different. A walk in a … Continue reading

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