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Author archives: David

Beating blues with blue

As soon as I opened the front door I knew. A long-lost scent hit my nostrils, richly fragrant and unashamedly old-school floral. The hyacinths had opened. I smiled and shut the doo[...]

Bring on the Spring!

I love a crisp cold winter’s morning as much as the next person. But there really is something uplifting about seeing the first signs of spring! The mighty winter aconites a[...]

Happy Gardening for 2015

Hopefully we will soon be leaving the dull drab days behind us and looking ahead to the wakening up of our gardens. For lots of us we will see the return of our much loved favourit[...]

Strong with the wind!

January 2015 has brought with it the strongest winds we have seen in the UK for quite some time! Now, don't get me wrong, I would prefer this to the cold white stuff any day. H[...]

Grow your own…mistletoe

Mistletoe is a strange and mysterious plant. Growing high off the ground with no roots and remaining stubbornly green throughout the whole winter, its white berries shine out a[...]

The year that was... 2014

  2014 was the year where I discovered the joy of growing crops (except squashes) from my own saved seeds; three characterful, mischievous chickens joined me at the allotme[...]

Hello Vera!

Said in a mock cockney accent, Aloe vera is one plant name which always makes me laugh. It’s also one of my desert island plants…beautiful, tough, reliable and above all, useful. [...]

Endangered plants

We've all heard about the most endangered animals. Creatures like the critically endangered black rhinoceros are famous, and in some cases have been reduced to just a handful of in[...]

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