Monthly Archives: June 2012

running with secateurs

… is a relatively low risk activity, provided they are closed and stuck in one’s gardening coat’s pocket. To avoid large and annoying holes in said pocket, through which plant labels, pencil stubs and other small, but essential items will … Continue reading

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night magic

Lea Gardens’ plant collection is classed as ‘significant’ in the Scottish context and is the largest north of the famous Inverewe Gardens. It comprises over 1,500 taxa from all over the world, from rare Chinese members of the lily family … Continue reading

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wwoofer stolen by hairy bikers

William, our new wwoofer, boarded the north boat at Aberdeen yesterday evening (Wednesday 20th June) to arrive here this morning to  help with earthing up our tatties and other urgent June chores. Bikers from all over the world gather in … Continue reading

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ramshackle

There is a plant nursery in Surrey called Morris & Stevens. It is a large, sprawling nursery/garden centre with two or three substantial polytunnels protecting plants from winter wet and frost, and what looks like acres of pot-grown herbaceous perennials … Continue reading

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aches and pains

  I suffer from something called “gardener’s back”, which started with severe attacks of sciatica many moons ago and has been kept more or less in check by more or less strict adherence to Mr. Mackenzie back exercises. Now it’s … Continue reading

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the best laid plans….

Every garden has its problem areas and mine is no exception. In the north-west corner of the Back Yard our predecessors had made an attempt at ornamental gardening. A square raised bed had been built, and bulbs had been planted. … Continue reading

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