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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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January 31, 2013 | A boundary story

The truth of it is no-go, slow stasis and paralysis and so I am going to post this opalescent image by Char Faber of the east Sussex coast.   Hot off her iPad and winged around yesterday. By chance,  it is where we walked on the new year’s day.  Back then, sea spun green in [...]

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January 30, 2013 | Wordless Wednesday on the hedge front

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January 27, 2013 | What to do with a teasel

Well you can brush them over your billiard table to raise the nap.  Or point the finches in the right direction for winter feasting.  The seedheads of teasels are now not so very  more than  an eye-catching piece of design.

Not so in the past.  They were vital tool in the wool industry and the spiny [...]

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January 23, 2013 | Modern Technology? Get me out of here.

Utterly spangled and bedangled I am by trying to get up to date with my techno-efficiency.  It’s January init?  For once,  a post quite alien to green fingers prone to frostbite. As for  spades and forks, the icecap is tine-denting.

Just listen  to this:  WYHDHY867ATY.  Try saying it  out loud very fast and with ritmo.  Toothbrushing pace [...]

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January 21, 2013 | Monochrome zone

A Black and White walk round my village today.

I just love it that a in a stride about outside  all bright shades have been erased and noise is muffled and bleached out. Snow glare has sapped  tone and hue from the palette and turned the gaze over to sharp silhouettes.

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January 20, 2013 | How to Choose a Tree for the Smaller Garden

This is part two of three posts on how to fit a desirable and covetable tree into your small garden.

My imaginary plot has now shrunk to 5 x 5 metres.  Not big,  but no reason why you should not have a real tree and get that lovely sense of height and privacy without giving over [...]

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January 16, 2013 | Designing with hedges

The landscapers are planting whips like anything right now.  Whips are twigs to you and me.  The cheapest are 20 to 30 centimetres  in height which seems like a slow  start  in the  first days of the life of a hedge.

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January 12, 2013 | How to Choose Top Trees for the Small Garden

Modern gardens are small, smaller and diminuitive.  Let’s start  with the largest of the small;   an imaginary plot of, say, 10 metres by 10 metres.    Smaller and diminuitive will get their turn in future blogs.

So how to choose?  Shape.  Start with the the skeletal shape of the tree.  Nudity really counts – it [...]

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January 11, 2013 | Nine and a half Top Tips for getting ahead with the ALLOTMENT

Today the garden has gone monochrome and dispelled itself in grisly fog.  So I have decided to cheer myself up with a colour blast before tramping down to the allotment.

With the soil so wet, it is not really gardening time of the year at all.  But here are some suggestions in order not get caught [...]

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January 11, 2013 | A conservation artist to watch out for

I want to tell you a little about Lil Tudor-Craig.  She paints pictures that send shivers up the spine.  Not in a scarey sense but  just because she makes you feel that you are not opening your eyes wide enough.  As a conservationist, she is used to looking and seeing the shape of weeds or [...]

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