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The week the mercury touched 30

For the last 10 days, a period of high pressure has hung over south east Scotland. I don’t ever remember it being so warm, certainly not for the 10 years we’ve been here. The temperatures have been up in the … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Evening in a Scottish Country Garden

Sometimes, some green can be relaxing and a welcome antidote to the explosion of colour that surrounds us in our borders at this time of year. This year, having our big mower  out of commission for a while forced us to reconsider … Continue reading

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When the swallows return…

Those masters of the sky, with their unparalleled aeronautical brilliance, the swallows have returned. How these tiny, light-as-a-feather birds make it all the way from Africa amazes me, but they do, and here they are, albeit a little later than … Continue reading

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Daft about daffs

The continuation of a relatively cool airstream has meant an outstanding spring bulbs season so far. We still have a few snowdrops, even now, although the spotlight is now firmly on the daffodils, with most of them in bloom. If … Continue reading

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Seasonal notes…

Having finished all the winter work on the fruit trees and bushes, this last couple of weekends we’ve been pushing on with tidying the herbaceous borders in the Walled Garden. I’ve been removing the fallen leaves that have wedged themselves in … 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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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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