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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.

January 31, 2012 | What is the best way to deal with a lollipop hedge?

Now what is that?  I have not taken flight for Honeydukes  or gone Munchkin in the head.

To keep the rabbits off, the new hedge plants get a bamboo cane to prop them up and over that gets popped the spiral tube.  And so the hedgling plant grows away. The tube is see through and the [...]

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January 31, 2012 | Mayhem in the garden: stump grinding

The temperature has dropped and the rain has bucketed down.  The ground out there is very soggy.  Winter conditions have at last come to the east of England.

And timed arrival to perfection to coincide with the one tonne machine that has come up from Mersea Island by trailer to grind our roots.  Paul and I [...]

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January 29, 2012 | Plantaholic POST:

Salix ‘Erythroflexuosa’. Willow seen in stark nudity by water.  At its best in the low light of winter afternoon sun.

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January 29, 2012 | A geeky discourse on ordering plants wholesale off the internet

This is a follow-on from yesterday or the day before’s post on my blog.    It is not about buying plants from reputable nurseries that are well-known.  It is the bargain basement end of purchase.

61 Cotoneaster franchetii were wrapped in a gossamer of clingfilm and waiting on the pallet.  These are for a customer who [...]

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January 26, 2012 | Plants by post

Plants by post seems like a fairly crazy idea.  Especially when 18 large grasses were ordered up  in 2 litre pots.  On delivery  the box got heaved, upended into the shed outside and neglected for 10 days.   No-one had remembered to mention the package in the shed and I stumbled across the box, returning [...]

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January 25, 2012 | Wordless Wednesday: Great Bustard at Norwich Castle

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January 24, 2012 | If you go into the woods today, you're in for a big surprise

young hazel coppice regrowth

not quite fly agaric

Serried timber trees, broad trunked with fly agaric mushrooms poking through dead leaves.  Why is this the popular image  of a wood?  Should we blame Racey Helps or Beatrix Potter?  Apparently not.  According to  Oliver Rackham,  (the historian of the English countryside)  this woodland askew view is to be blamed on [...]

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January 12, 2012 | Pattern of the DAY

Banksy eat your heart out.  Seen all over Arezzo

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January 10, 2012 | I have been sitting on Brita von Schoenaich's birches for too long

Almost but not quite.   The image has been looming on the desktop and housewifery has hit the computer screen.  Why are they there?  Simply because over and over again the simplicity of this planting strikes me as perfect.  Lovely it is that there is nothing other than birches.

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January 10, 2012 | The garden skeleton is revealed to bitter tears

Take a look at this and this:

Dem bones.  I stayed up way too late last night and surfed with saddo zeal amongst the gardening blogs.  Take back saddo.   Read, laughed,  imbibed, learnt and went a little boss eyed.  Got just a little hooked.  Quite a few gardeners are posting fabulous images of their garden [...]

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