Monthly Archives: December 2013

Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus ‘Hiemalis’

It is a lovely sunny, day; cold but crisp. There is still  not much out in the garden though. Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ is showing pink but not yet opening. Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis rosea’ stubbornly refuses to open its delicate … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Gardener.

                                                .       1. Throw out the Poinsettia straight after Christmas. It won’t be dead but it … Continue reading

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A Garden Book Review.

Elizabeth and her German Garden  by Elizabeth von Armin. This book was first published in 1898 and was an immediate success. Elizabeth von Armin was born in Australia and was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield. Her real name was Mary Annette … Continue reading

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The Front Garden.

When we moved in here, right next to the kitchen door was a Viburnum tinus. This is a useful shrub for winter because it blooms all through the worst months. But unless you have it by your door you may … Continue reading

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. 15 December 2013

This  post is linked to the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day on maydreamsgardens. It is an invitation to show what you have in bloom at this challenging time of the year.  So do join in. We have been relatively lucky here … Continue reading

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Lose the lawn

When we arrived here just over three years ago the garden was in sad need of some tender care. My first job was to get rid of the many pointless little island beds in the back garden. Then  I turned … Continue reading

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War Time gardening

I have copies of The Royal Horticultural Society Journal; ‘The Garden’ going right back to the second one published in 1934. It was actually called ‘My Garden’ in those days. They make fascinating reading, especially those published in the war years … Continue reading

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My Christmas Present To Myself.

  And it’s not chocolates and it’s certainly not soap or hand cream. Everybody gives me soap and hand cream; are they trying to tell me something? I  have a whole new bed to plant up and my Christmas present … Continue reading

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A Late Autumn Visit To Beth Chatto’s Garden

It is interesting to see how a world famous garden looks in this drab season when most of our gardens are collapsing and falling asleep for the winter. Beth Chatto is deservedly renowned for her artistry in dealing with, not … Continue reading

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