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Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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June 28, 2010 | The Thames Barrier Park will shake you up a little

Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier

On a visit to the Louvre, I found it weird and rather fascinating to go down into the vaulted places beneath the pavement, descending Tardis style through a hi tech pyramid of glass and steel.  A good French joke and the Thames Barrier Park has a few – not least,  because it was [...]

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June 27, 2010 | Elephants and green walls

These elephants are made of fibre-glass, have been painted by artists and are to be auctioned by a charity, Elephant Family, that is out to save the Asian elephant.  Asian elephants are  much better behaved than African ones. (who undoubtedly need saving too as they have fallen foul of the poacher for their tusks and [...]

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June 21, 2010 | Eye-catching hedges

It cannot be kept a secret: I have  a thing about hedges perfectly clipped, very tall and orderly or otherwise eye-catching and  bizarre. This is one of the latter  and I drive past it once or twice a month.

The owners have been at it this weekend, sculpting it randomly with the hedge-cutters.  Defintely goes on [...]

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June 21, 2010 | Hurray samphire time again

The question is: which is better with dressed crab – this or asparagus?  Perhaps this, as every time the dogs get into the veggie patch, they chomp the asparagus tips.  The samphire on the foreshore – we walked out there this evening – got left alone.

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June 20, 2010 | Owlish disaster this weekend

At the last tree, the dog came off the lead.  Imnediately  she retrieved live to hand.   A small thing with  big eyes. A baby owl.  I picked it up.  Smaller in my hands than the puffed up feathers would have you believe.

Our house is just up the track.  Fetched it back to a box [...]

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June 19, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

Camera has stolen a little of its soul.  Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’ is more orange than you can imagine.   Searingly, eye-ball-rollingly so.  Looks fabulous with Campanula ‘Sorastro’ quink ink dark blue.

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June 18, 2010 | This is the bed where Just Joey blooms

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Can’t think how the  bucket got in the picture.  An outward and visible sign of my worries?  These, today, are all about yellow.

Just Joey , a hybrid tea rose bred by  Cants roses in 1972 is very 1970s.  The colour is coppery orange and  the blooms large. Bury your nose in them for the smell [...]

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June 17, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

Sputnik plant has come to live with us.  Bought from a charming Frenchman who nurtures bonsai trees. Sputnik plant looks fake, likes to live indoors and those little ball flower heads really are golden.

Said Bonsai expert told me it was called  Mikado syngonanthes chrysanthes.  Shuffled the three parts of it in the Plant Finder and [...]

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June 13, 2010 | All that was missing from the evening was Rupert Bear, truly

I have just returned from a completely magical evening in Parc Oriental de Maulevrier, Anjou,  France.

At utter nightfall we made our way  through dark Maulevriers and past a rowdy wedding in an overgrown village hall.  No-one had closed the curtains so we stopped and peered in at food on  trestle tables,  some guests sitting it [...]

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June 12, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

This is a detail of the main door, St Maurice, Angers.  In the heart of the ancient Angevin Empire, this 12th century cathedral has a window dedicated to Thomas Becket.

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