Category Archives: Garden

Rolling out the green carpet.

14°C, sunny to start. Turf rolls are best staggered to make the joins less vulnerable.​ This photo was taken at lunchtime, which means rolling out took about two hours, plus a bit. The final step is to seive fine topsoil … Continue reading

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Laying a lawn II

16°C, sunny and dry. So far, the topsoil is down and level. I’m writing this while I wait for the sprinkle of water to sink in. The top soil arrived yesterday was very dry and quite dusty. In fact, it … Continue reading

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How many barrows?

18°C, sunny with some heavy showersDelivery: this time, the lorry can’t get around the back. All those years ago, I had 6 tons of gravel delivered to cover the mud lawn. When I used to have dogs, they would run … Continue reading

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How do I get those down?

17°C, set fairApple tree: it’s in a poor state really. Lower branches are dead or scrawny. There are some good looking fruit at the top. I suppose a skilled arborist would have cut the tree so it would grow more … Continue reading

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Moss.

5°C, sunny but something is changing These things are charming. I’m some books, mosses are categorised as primitive plants (non-vascular, and like the lichens, they don’t have roots). That means, as a group,  they’re actually very old. Their sophistication is … Continue reading

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While I was away…

20°C, fair summer’s day. The wasps have been busy. This bulging paper nest was not visible one short week ago.​

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Seeds’ half-life.

2~9°C, bright sun. Do seeds have a half-life? This window propagator was seeded with Magnolia from an old packet. The use-by date was 2012 and about half have germinated.

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January in bloom.

11°C, heavy rain and strong wind. Warm and wet. Strange, this winter. Storm after storm but mostly warm. Daffodils given as a house-plant last Christmas. They’ve done well outside.

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Unseasonable.

14°C, brisk SW and more rain to come. Warm! Too warm to wear a winter coat. The garden is confused too. This plant doesn’t seem to suffer from the morning coffee grounds, the pot doesn’t receive rainwater naturally.

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Charmed visitor.

Foggy morning, and warm sun later. This gave me a start this morning. It was there, on my sleeve as I started to pull my jersey on. I was immediately enchanted. What a wonderful thing to see, it made my … Continue reading

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