Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Hogmanay miscellany of head-butting sheep, currant affairs and holey hands!

As a newbie to the world of blogging, I couldn’t let the year end go by without a heartfelt thanks to all of you who’ve liked, signed up to follow, fave’d or just visited my novice site over the past 2 ½ months. In particular, … Continue reading

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Wonderwalls!

You know, all this talk of energy conservation’s not new. Solar power, in particular, was used by the Victorians in the design of their walled gardens in order to prolong the growing season and achieve above-average yields, including of some … Continue reading

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Happy Holly-days!

The Good Lady, with her penchant for all things recycling, has done it again! In the last few weeks, Herself, accompanied by a chainsaw-wielding Grandpa, has been reducing the beech hedge in the Secret Garden to more manageable proportions. Over … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas

This year has got to go down as the wettest we have had for a very long time. In the sheep field beside the house, we’ve had a large puddle that’s been there continuously since the summer, to the extent … Continue reading

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Dust of dreams

Just placed my next year’s seed order with Thompson and Morgan (http://www.thompson-morgan.com/). Seed catalogues are the gardener’s equivalent of the holiday brochures – they seem to radiate the warmth of a summer day and help to transport us through the … Continue reading

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Winter has arrived!

A cold week in garden with flurries of snow, some lying for a while, and many sub-zero overnights herald the arrival of winter here in the garden. Daylight hours are fewer now with leisurely dawns and early dusks. Clear blue, cloudless … Continue reading

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A sense of place

 At this time of year, I spend quite a lot of time outside in the walled garden, usually on my own, with cold hands and cold feet, balancing precariously up a ladder, trying to reach the tallest stems of the … Continue reading

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