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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.
When writing about roses last month I forgot to mention that, even though I tend to leave the final pruning until relatively late, it is good practice to shorten the overall growth before winter. I was reminded of this during Read more »
I remember how much snow and low temperatures we were still enduring at this stage last year. As I write, we are enjoying a, jet-stream powered, unseasonably mild spell. It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security Read more »
‘Potato Day’ was on 5th January in Bridport this year; too early for me to even start thinking about planting potatoes—I’m still lifting the remains of the crop I grew in containers last year! Fortunately, there are many more potato Read more »
With the excesses of Christmas out of the way, there is a fitting air of sobriety in January which chimes with the bleakness of the winter weather. The shortest day has passed, so lengthening daylight hours provide something positive to Read more »
A recent acquisition of a new, old, bookcase has afforded me the opportunity to dig out some of my old gardening books. Having been forced to perform an emergency, spine re-glueing operation, on a small, green, volume—I couldn’t resist perusing Read more »
Even if, up to now, it’s been possible to pretend that winter is ‘a long way off’, now that the clocks have gone back it really does feel that the garden has entered a new phase. Time is running out Read more »
Another month when it’s largely a case of ‘steady as she goes’ and not ‘all hands to the pump’ – as long as the weather behaves itself. The process of putting the garden to bed, which began last month, continues Read more »
Writing about the my cacti last month, regarding how they were luxuriating, outdoors, may have tempted fate a little because we have had a fair amount of rain since then. Having said that, we really did need it and it’s Read more »
In the summer of ’76 I had yet to progress from growing cacti to ‘proper’ gardening. By some strange alignment in the heavens, a few weeks ago, I acquired a collection of mature cacti in a chance encounter. Having soaked Read more »
There can be a bit of a gardening anti-climax in July. All the freshness of early spring, maturing into blowsy June, has passed and there is a danger that the vegetative growth, put on by shrubs and perennials, overwhelms the, Read more »