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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.
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 »
It seems almost impossible, given the ‘bad start’ to 2018, that we’ve been blessed with almost a month of good, warm, sunny weather in the period since I last sat down to write one of these articles. It’s certainly made Read more »
“What a difference a month makes”!!! Last time I was writing one of these articles, there was snow on the ground and my garden was a quagmire. Now the weather is convincingly summer-like and, about time too, most of the Read more »
As I write this there is snow laying on the ground and a chill wind blowing. I think I opine every autumn that it “might be nice to have a ‘proper’ winter” due to its cleansing action on the myriad Read more »
Carrying on this month where I left off last one : “Let Battle Commence!” March is well named as it’s this month when ‘Mother Nature’ begins hitching up her skirts, stepping up from a slow amble, towards a more forceful Read more »
Gardening is a funny mix of certainty and uncertainty—if I were feeling glib I’d add “much like life in general”. Some tasks are firmly fixed in the schedule, like doing the second shortening of wisteria shoots (round about now, I Read more »