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Succulent

Succulent There was a time when I used to be the proud owner of a handsome collections of cacti and tender succulents. As long as they’re kept bone-dry during the winter, they are capable of surviving surprisingly low temperatures. Damp … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light

  Light is just as important in a garden as it is in a painting. It goes without saying that all plants need light to survive, flourish and thrive. Some need more. Some need less. But there is more to … Continue reading

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Midge, itch, scratch

Just when the rush of garden visitors is tailing off after the schools in Shetland have gone back, and you think you can now get on with all those unfinished jobs, they strike. And this year, probably due to an … Continue reading

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Better late than never

Better late than never This is not only my way of – sort of – apologizing for my delay, but also the theme of this week’s offering. “…walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain….” Dear old Van Morrison … Continue reading

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Wet, Wet, Wet

Few things in crofting life are more frustrating than watching hay slowly rot away. The last, and only time we had to dump a third of our crop was in 1979, during the wettest summer I can remember. This one, … Continue reading

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Bridal

Absence, as the late, great Christo Lloyd so rightly said, does indeed make the weeds grow faster, and the garden, already neglected for a week before my departure, looked decidedly shabby on my return from my parallel universe. The lawn … Continue reading

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Scent, Sails, and Sleep Deprivation

What is your favourite time of year in the garden? What is your favourite plant? What is your favourite scent? I’m sure my answers to all these questions come as something of a disappointment to the garden visitors who pose … Continue reading

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The Warm Spectrum

Just as I was going to re-start my sun-bathing routine – abandoned 2 decades ago – the sky changed from blue to grey, and the temperature dropped from pleasant to “I think I’d better put some socks on”. Even South … Continue reading

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An Hour of Bliss

There is a tradition in my Bohemian family I rather like. For every decade of life, a whole day’s celebration – the older one gets the more drawn-out the festivities. So far I’ve had five days, a party in Germany … Continue reading

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Out of the Garden

Two new toys arrived in the post the other day and rather than getting on with urgent tasks – the garden had been sadly neglected during the run-up, the event, and aftermath of my “official” birthday party – I spent … Continue reading

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