Author Archives: The Scottish Country Garden

In like a lion…

So there I was, last weekend, spurred on by Scotland’s rugby success, thinking spring is here. Time to do some shrub pruning. I had finally got to the end of the apples and pears, and it was time to get … Continue reading

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Empathising with Mr McGregor

  I used to think that Mr McGregor in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit was a rather nasty piece of work. He was certainly portrayed as the threatening bad guy and Ms Potter clearly wanted us to sympathise with Peter and … Continue reading

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Is strimming the herbaceous borders a deadly sin?

Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve been strimming the borders. With a petrol string trimmer. I know, quite embarrassing… Recognising that I’ve probably lost you to the RHS site by now and unlikely to recover any gardening credentials I kid myself … Continue reading

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A walk in the woods

It’s been a cold winter so far. Often, the weather is quite kind running up to December, but this year we’ve had more ringing frosts and more flurries of snow. And several more falls so far in January. Nothing of … Continue reading

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Up the apples and pears!

No sooner had I finished the hedges, it was back up that ladder again – fruit trees this time. In the Walled Garden, we have a variety of espalier, fan-trained, pillar and free- standing apples, pears and plums, some, we … Continue reading

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Living the High Life

Since August, I think I’ve spent more time in the garden above the ground than on it. Perched atop ladders of varying heights and invariably encased in a cloud of 2-stroke exhaust, it’s hedge-cutting and fruit tree-pruning time. The south … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution?

“So, Dad, when are you going to bring back your blog?”, my youngest asks me every so often. I find myself reaching for the usual book of excuses. “Too busy” or “Well, I did it for a whole year, so … Continue reading

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