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And looking ahead…

Today was one of blue skies and blizzards, heralding the arrival of snow in this part of South East Scotland. We’ve had a very strange week with the temperature going up and down like a yoyo between 0 and 12 … Continue reading

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The long month ends…

While we’ve had a lot of rain and a fair amount of wind since Christmas, one thing we haven’t had during January is excessive cold. Very few frosty nights and no snow (so far) have meant that the early bulbs … Continue reading

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Dynamic Autumn

Autumn has arrived at the Scottish Country Garden, a time of year when the weather titans battle it out for supremacy, as evidenced by the contrast of this and last weekends. The Autumnal equinox is here with its high winds … Continue reading

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Christo’s influence

Now, I do like my hardy annuals! I know they’re a bit of work with all that pricking out, watering and whatever, but at this time of the year, up until the first frosts, these little fellows flower their heads … 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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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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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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