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Neolithic Tidyness

Thanks to concerted efforts and the excellent help from Szabi, our Hungarian Wwoofer, the garden has now reached excessive levels of tidiness: even the Thyme Steps are swept clean of debris. It’s almost too much to bear and I feel … Continue reading

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Bone Structure

A garden, just like a human face, needs good bone structure. It’s the hard landscaping, the paths, steps and retaining walls that set off the plants and there has been a bit of progress in that department over the past … Continue reading

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Moments of Glory

I have spent quite a lot of time in South America of late. South America – ironically – lies on the northern fringes of the garden but, being sheltered from all directions, it is a suntrap and even on a … Continue reading

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Sailing into Summer

Even by Shetland standards, the weather in the last two weeks of May has been nothing short of atrocious. The garden’s been thrashed by gales from all sides, but thanks to the extensive shelter it now affords, only the trees … Continue reading

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Pink – mostly

According to a fellow Shetland grower of perennial plants, red is the colour of choice for island gardeners, closely followed by orange and pink. Blue is sought after by some, and white sells reasonably well, especially if the plant bearing … Continue reading

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Slugs, Scents, and Soakings

The weather seems to be a month behind. We’re now in April. Cold. Wet. Windy. Now and again the clouds break and a bit of watery sunshine filters through. Moluscs have taken over the garden. A batch of brassica seedlings … Continue reading

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What’s the rush?

What a crazy spring this is turning out to be. I’ve never known a season quite like it. Plants that usually flower in early June, but have never, ever before opened a bud before the end of May are shedding … Continue reading

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Primroses

The wild primrose, Primula vulgaris, is known as Mayflooer in Shetland. While many primroses in my garden start their season in March or earlier, the majority are at their best in late April and early May. When I started out … Continue reading

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Marriages made in Heaven

There’s one talent every good gardener should have, and that’s in the department of match-making. It always gives me a thrill when two plants  tie the knot, with a little help from the gardener, and their marriage turns out to … Continue reading

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Absence makes the weeds grow faster

Absence not only makes the weeds grow faster, as the late Christopher Lloyd stated in one of his splendid Guardian columns, but it also brings on everything else in leaps and bounds. The innocent green doilies of hairy bittercress I’d … Continue reading

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