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Roots and Celebrations

Plants can’t survive without their roots, but roots are also vitally important for a species of mammal, as I found out a week or so ago. All human beings need a sense of belonging, a place and a community they … Continue reading

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April is the cruelest month

This April is going to be a cruel month indeed, but for reasons quite different from those T.S. Eliot cited in his masterpiece ‘The Wasteland’. For the first time in over a decade I’m going to be separated from my … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Seasons Past

  It’s the time of year when the garden has something new to offer on an almost daily basis. Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ is fully out now and dominates the northern end of the ‘Christo Border’ with its pinker than pink … Continue reading

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Sex and the Country

Perhaps this week’s title should’ve been sex and the single frog. All of a sudden the western and southern pond margins have been turned into tapioca. There’s frog spawn as far as the eye can see – and – if … Continue reading

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Spring Bulbs and the Gardener’s Psyche

It’s not at all unusual for winter to give an unsolicited December-style encore in March. In the past these late spells of frost and snow had me climbing the wall with frustration as they nearly always came hot on the … Continue reading

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Otters, Owls and Shooting Stars

This, I’m sure, has been the longest winter since I moved to the Shetland Islands half a lifetime ago. It’s also been one of those winters I remember only too well from the 1990s – months of gales and an … Continue reading

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Introduction

  This blog has had a lengthy gestation phase, longer than those of elephants and whales, but now it’s time to go into labour. First of all, a heart-felt welcome to my old faithfuls, who know what to expect from … Continue reading

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