Category Archives: gardens

Duelling Gardens #gardens #competitiveurges

While this post wanders hither and yon, on the subject of my apparently dwindling competitive spirit, I’ll populate it with pictures from the garden today. There is a link – sort of – at the end… I’m a bundle of contradictions, sometimes. One … Continue reading

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Pond Life and A Visit

I had a surprise today. This. In the spring of 2014, as he waded his way through his law exams, the Lawyer asked if we could build a pond in the garden. ‘If you dig it out,’ I said. ‘Ok.’ … Continue reading

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Mothery update

Regular readers will know I have been keeping an eye on the moths visiting my garden. They come in all shapes and sizes and, frankly, are often jewels of nature with subtle colour shifts. Often as not the difference between a … Continue reading

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moth trappery… #moths #gardens

Another night, another selection; amongst others we have a buff tip, s brimstone moth and an angle shades. All rather gorgeous..

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How does the garden groweth? #gardening #spring

I’ve had the urge, see. A real throbbing need, an itch to scratch.  It’s the garden and since the weather has been warm and, thank heavens, wet today I’ve done a lot, even extending a gravel path and a bark path … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: The Great Outdoors

My mother loved her garden. The family home in Hampshire morphed from an awful clay pit with a few decrepit fruit trees into a beautiful oasis. My parents put extraordinary effort into the conversion. Fortunately their skills were complimentary: mum … Continue reading

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Gardens of Love #parents #poetry #gardens

As spring is a gorgeous month and in memory of my parents and their love of the garden here are a couple of dad’s poems to mum, based around her love of the garden, interspersed with pictures from our garden this week… your tour guides … Continue reading

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