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Spring fashions

Last weekend the trees around us suddenly dressed themselves in their new finery. Our exposed situation means that it’s mainly hardy natives that grow well. And while some cheeky chaps from other parts of the world survive, and bloom and … Continue reading

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Blooming cheerful

In case my view of Madeira’s mountains have given the impression the island is austere and bleak, it is far from it. And although we were there in December a surprising number of plants were flowering in bright, cheerful colours. … Continue reading

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Fade out summer — roar in autumn

Summer was late in arriving here but made up for its tardiness by a long spell of warm, dry weather. Plants we thought had succumbed to the rigours of winter and a disappointingly cold, wet spring suddenly pushed through the … Continue reading

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Stovies and plans

Big turnout at the village hall to hear whether we had won the Floral Gateway Champions of Champions Competition. Sadly we hadn’t. The town with input from shops, businesses and horticultural Department of the local university campus won. Their floral … Continue reading


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Tomorrow is…

Tomorrow will be many things to many people, but here in my little patch of the world tomorrow is judging day. Last year, having been placed second the previous year, the village where I stay won the Wee Village section … Continue reading

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Only the hardy survive

Yesterday the sun came out and the countryside was suddenly green. After a spring which seems to have got lost along the way leaving in its stead rain, hail and wind with a cold edge, yesterday was warm, almost hot … Continue reading

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A nod to spring

There’s nothing like a blink of sun with a teasing hint of warmth and clusters of perky snowdrops to kid that spring is just around the corner. In the garden I even noticed flowers on a few polyanthus plants, like … Continue reading

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