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the best laid plans….

Every garden has its problem areas and mine is no exception. In the north-west corner of the Back Yard our predecessors had made an attempt at ornamental gardening. A square raised bed had been built, and bulbs had been planted. … Continue reading

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and suddenly it’s voar…

      After 36 gardening years in Shetland I should be used to it by now, but still, almost every year, it takes me by surprise. Nothing but wet, cold and grey, and then suddenly – overnight – spring … Continue reading

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days of miracles and wonders

Remember the dead, dark and empty pond, the frost damage, the gardener’s despondency? All vanished about a fortnight ago. A miracle happened. The sun shone. The huge dark cloud which had hovered above Lea Gardens vanished. A thrush was singing … Continue reading

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tadpole titanic

Time travel is possible. I was eight years old again just the other day – and for much of that day. The first time I was eight the millstream in my village burst its banks and flooded the surrounding area. … Continue reading

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bitten

So far, April was indeed the cruellest month. A touch of frost had been forecast for the 2nd day of the month and I thought it wise to cover all rhododendron blossoms which, without exception are frost-tender. But when I … Continue reading

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spring fashion

The pond, a sad, dead and empty watery hole, has become deader and emptier yet since a pair of mallards and one or more herons ( I found tell-tale rounded feathers) have made short shrift of the black wriggling masses … Continue reading

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GRIEF

If this week’s offering seems a little damp, your eyes are not deceiving you. The text is moistened with my tears. A week is not only a long time in politics, it is also a long time in gardening. There … Continue reading

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LAZARUS

Officially spring is still three weeks away, but unofficially it sprang the day before yesterday (Saturday, 26th February). The sun shone. The meadow pipits sang. Mousy went outdoors for a pee. The fish were cruising enthusiastically. James felled two superfluous … Continue reading

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OUT OF HYBERNATION?

I’m sure there was a time when all humans in the northern hemisphere, in tune with other mammals, laid on fat during the seasons of plenty, then used up their fat reserves during the winter when food was scarce. Not … Continue reading

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Brain-dead

Doesn’t time fly? Especially when one’s away from home. But leaving this island brings with it countless pitfalls and unforeseen dangers. Therefore, the very best advice I can give fellow island dwellers is to stay put. Regardless of how enchanting … Continue reading

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