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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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August 31, 2011 | Doing it with vegetables: a bit of a rant on the part of garden designers

The non glossy but very cool Garden Design Journal often has a thought provoking contribution from Tim Richardson. His latest, for September,  will raise a show of hands from garden designers who do not belong to the  BGP. (Big Gun Posse)

As one of those types of designer – ie the slightly disgruntled second division [...]

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August 31, 2011 | Wordless Wednesday in Borgo di Casignano

Does it still exist? The WW bit I mean.

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August 30, 2011 | Catalogue of desire

Catalogue time is here again.  All through the summer they have been thumping through the letter box.  A dusty pile has grown in the corner.  In and out of a pink basket and to Edinburgh and the seaside and back.  Unread but then August is like that:  a month of neglect.  It is either [...]

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August 29, 2011 | Pattern of the DAY

Chestnut trunk covered with lichen beards in Tuscan wood.

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August 28, 2011 | The tree I would most like to party under is Larix x marschlinsii

To stand under  a full grown specimen can provoke a desire to twist strings of fairy lights,  hang lanterns and have a party.

The branches of Larix x marschlinsii  sweep and curve downwards and act as a giant awning.  And the space beneath this is large and beautiful, prompting a peering up through the undersides of [...]

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August 26, 2011 | WWOOFING: a short guide to success

“I cultivate 1 hectare of aromatic herbs and collect wild herbs too, I also have 2 hectares of woodland and 9 donkeys.  The work is mainly manual:  hoeing, weeding, harvesting and drying herbs, harvesting saffron and the taking the donkeys to pasture and clearing in the woods.  We prepare meals and eat in the fields  [...]

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