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late again

There was a time, about thirty odd years ago, when spring arrived in Shetland dot on time, or even a little earlier than its 21st March calendar date. Sometimes I wonder if this is just a fantasy, akin to those … Continue reading

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strange days at lea gardens

All of a sudden we’re in April. Things are hotting up – just time for a little retrospective on the first day of the month. Gardens can be strange places. They attract all sorts of weird fauna, including humans. Imagine … Continue reading

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Back in Harness

The garden and gardener, like my blog, have risen from the dead. Treble Lazarus. It feels good to be back in harness. Those days between weathers always do the trick. All through winter I walked past devastated borders countless times, … Continue reading

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milk of human kindness

Of late I’ve been wondering how many orphaned blogs pine away in cyberspace? Mine has been swelling their ranks for over six months now. Perhaps an internet adoption or fostering agency should be set up that takes care of them … Continue reading

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metamorphosis

    looking good I can’t remember the pond ever having been at such a low level. The late Johnny Copland, my first horticultural mentor, when extolling the virtues of the Shetland climate, always topped his priority list with the … Continue reading

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running with secateurs

… is a relatively low risk activity, provided they are closed and stuck in one’s gardening coat’s pocket. To avoid large and annoying holes in said pocket, through which plant labels, pencil stubs and other small, but essential items will … Continue reading

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night magic

Lea Gardens’ plant collection is classed as ‘significant’ in the Scottish context and is the largest north of the famous Inverewe Gardens. It comprises over 1,500 taxa from all over the world, from rare Chinese members of the lily family … Continue reading

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wwoofer stolen by hairy bikers

William, our new wwoofer, boarded the north boat at Aberdeen yesterday evening (Wednesday 20th June) to arrive here this morning to  help with earthing up our tatties and other urgent June chores. Bikers from all over the world gather in … Continue reading

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ramshackle

There is a plant nursery in Surrey called Morris & Stevens. It is a large, sprawling nursery/garden centre with two or three substantial polytunnels protecting plants from winter wet and frost, and what looks like acres of pot-grown herbaceous perennials … Continue reading

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aches and pains

  I suffer from something called “gardener’s back”, which started with severe attacks of sciatica many moons ago and has been kept more or less in check by more or less strict adherence to Mr. Mackenzie back exercises. Now it’s … Continue reading

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