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My slippery descent into gardening began by taking ‘Prickly Pear’ cuttings, from Kew Gardens, while I was still at prep school. After a horticulture degree, with placements in historic gardens, and two decades making gardening telly, I’ve come full circle and returned to being a West Dorset sole gardener.
As I write we are just at the beginning of the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ period. In these uncertain times it’s good to find a silver lining to this particular cloud: being forced to stay at home, when you might normally be Read more »
If you are reading this article then I am assuming it is because you have an interest in gardening and not because you are seeking amusement by critiquing my somewhat ungainly prose! Years and years ago, I first veered away Read more »
Early last month I was in the border cutting down a Molinia, this grass species is less stiffly-sturdy than it’s cousin the Miscanthus, and among the masses of cut stems, at ground level, I found eleven (yes, 11 ) bright Read more »
A new decade has begun and the shortest day of the year has passed so the hours of daylight will be on the increase. Plants will notice the lengthening days and subtly begin to react, thanks to complex hormonal processes Read more »
It certainly seems as if it’s done nothing but rain, for most of the autumn, which may have delayed some of the gardening activities which you’d like to have completed by now. While the ground is waterlogged, it does more Read more »
November is one of those months when gardening activity is largely dictated by the whims of the weather and, of all the months, November is perhaps the most variable. In a ‘normal’ year it is the final chance for those Read more »
All things being equal, now is the time that any last vestiges of summer turn into autumn and the change of season brings with it new opportunities. Cooling temperatures will elicit the appearance of autumn flowering bulbs, chiefly autumn crocus Read more »
At the time of writing, we are having a wet end to the summer, although I’m hoping that, just by stating that, the weather Gods will wake up and deliver us an ‘Indian Summer’ to balance out all the August Read more »
Gardens have a memory. What is happening in your garden, on any particular day, is not just a reflection of the prevailing conditions but also of factors that have influenced it over the whole time it has been in existence. Read more »
I know it can’t be true, it’s merely a coincidence, but having promoted water saving last month it seems to have done nothing but rain ever since. Having had a relatively dry summer, last year, it is easy to forget Read more »