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Tags archives: spalding

For the love of… frost?

I missed it. Dahlias frazzled and a thick layer of ice in the water butts were the only clues as I wrenched myself out of the house and hurried to the allotment into the watery lig[...]

Glorious garlic

Trapped inside by inclement weather and my own laziness (OK it was hardly even raining, but I did feel very lazy), I turned to the freezer and cupboards for inspiration one dark No[...]

Plants for new gardens

It’s a common conundrum - where on earth to start in a new garden. It’s exactly this problem that I’m facing, two months after moving into a house with just a bare patch of gravel [...]

360 extravagance!

On first inspection you may wonder why you have been gifted a box of tissues – for the packaging of these supersized bulbs is often akin to our nasal wiping friends’ holder. But fe[...]


‘In this part of Tuscany we have roughly the same amount of rainfall as London’, they said, to my total disbelief. I was a 20 year old horticulture student and I’d just arrived, pa[...]

Here be giants

Late this summer, I discreetly grew a small grove of giant triffids on the allotment. Until about the end of July they blended seamlessly into their surroundings; innocent-look[...]