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If I could stop time…

If I could stop time, it would be at the end of August. Late summer is my favourite time of year. All around abound the steady but somehow comforting whine of combine harvesters with the occasional beep, beep, beep of … Continue reading

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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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Summer days

Summer has arrived, with two beautiful June days so far – long may that continue! The bedding-out season has begun. Our youngest had a sunflower-planting frenzy a few weeks ago and these are now all large enough to be planted … Continue reading

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Of bees, blossom and barking deer!

Summer may have arrived! The garden has really moved on this week, particularly in the herbaceous borders which despite limited colour have a wonderful lushness to them. That said, the shrubs are performing well: the first of the tree paeonies are … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings!

 After a week of almost nightly snowfalls, the garden has been slow to shed its white mantle, very different from late March last year when we enjoyed temperatures in the low 20’s C. Much of the garden is still snow-covered, … Continue reading

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Preparing for spring

A calm, dry weekend allowed us to finish off the herbaceous border work for the winter. All stems have now been cut down to ground level, allowing the new growth to come through unimpeded. Some plants are already starting to … Continue reading

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A weekend of contrast

Saturday proved the ideal day to get on with the final phase of cutting back the borders and the herb garden – cold, dry, no wind with a bit of sun thrown in. We’ve been cutting back the borders in phases … Continue reading

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