Monthly Archives: October 2011

Small Mercies

Small Mercies Most gardeners in the temperate world take autumn colour for granted. As soon as September is by, their shrubs and trees flare up and transform their gardens into chromatic fireworks. This, sadly, is not always the case in … Continue reading

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Damp and Decaying

I’m expecting a rainbow any minute now. The sun, just west of its meridian perch, backlights a curtain of fine drizzle. This could be April rather than October, were it not for the brown leaves accumulating on the paths. Many … Continue reading

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From Adagio to Furioso

Hard to believe that a week or so ago there was an outbreak of “Indian Summer” in Shetland.  The whole islands discussed the phenomenon and its consequences: People smiling on “da street”. A little summer with all its rich tonality … Continue reading

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Ruined Reputations

Ruined Reputations South Africa is a problematic planting. Apart from the osteospermums, Cyrtanthus parviflorus, Phygelius capensis and a few watsonias, the bed’s colour from March to late July is created by non-South African plants. I do explain, and point out … Continue reading

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