Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Tale of Two Toads.

Whilst I was walking round the garden looking to see if I could find some interesting and eye-catching plants on this last day of November I came across two very different toads. The first is a Toad lily; Tricyrtis. I … Continue reading

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Winter Head Gear

ontheedgegardening blog is  responding to requests  to display  her new winter hat with ear flaps in her latest post.  So, not to be outdone- here, for the first time my genuine Transylvanian Shepherd’s Hat is revealed. Ok I admit Transylvanian … Continue reading

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Unusual Hollyhocks

Another gloomy November day and what can you do but dream of next year’s garden or review the delights of this last summer which has past with such indecent haste? If you live in an old cottage in deepest rural … Continue reading

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Star Blooms of 2013

Now that the year is drawing to a close it is good to look back on some of the magical moments of the season. I will start today with my two favourite hardy orchids. They were so exotic and so … Continue reading

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Beautiful gardens I visited this year.

  On a cold, wet day like today it is good to look back on some of the lovely garden visits I have enjoyed this year. I started the year with the wonderful winter garden at Anglesey Abbey at Lode … Continue reading

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I Hate island Beds.

It is hard work trying to restore this garden. It has some lovely mature trees and shrubs but it was sadly overgrown when we arrived. The first things that had to go were all the fussy little island beds. The … Continue reading

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A Bird’s Eye View.

The unexpected advantage of having to have a little repair work on our huge Elizabethan chimney is the view from the scaffolding. I have never seen the garden from a bird’s eye perspective before. The view from the little gate … Continue reading

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November Blooms.

The poet, Thomas Hood wrote:  ‘No sun – no moon! No morn -no noon! No dawn- no dusk! No proper time of day!’ The poem finishes: ‘No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, … Continue reading

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November Colour.

‘Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves.’  Osuyu Nakagawa. The strong winds have done their worst but there is still plenty of autumn colour to enjoy.  A wonderful place to see autumn leaves, berries and fruit is … Continue reading

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