Monthly Archives: April 2011

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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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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