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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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May 21, 2013 | Why you should visit the #Chelsea Flower Show

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The television camera is the eye of Sauron.  Key hole surgery down the perianth of plants, peering behind cordoned-off places and practically staring up the nostrils of the horti-stablishment. So why bother to go there  to the Chelsea Flower Show in person?

planting on RBC Blue Water Roof Garden

Is the lure the blitzkrieg of celebrity?  [...]

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April 4, 2013 | Interest in the #Chelsea Flower Show

will soon burst into the stampede of wildebeest hooves.

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April 2, 2013 | Terrified Tuesday

can take any shape or form as long as  the subject – or subjects – are vaguely disquieting.  The blobs below shriek for themselves.

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March 19, 2013 | A visit to Ben Coode-Adams

I am up  in my freezing cold attic,  under self imposed lock down. Not allowed out till the mind, the fingers and the keyboard get going.  Lurking round the cold pool before diving in.

So there I was in a sizable sixteenth century barn.  Acres of polished concrete floor, beams like the a crinoline of whale [...]

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February 20, 2013 | Wordless Wednesday: no miracles here

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February 10, 2013 | Pinterest for garden designers

So, a brief description of Pinterest  from the demi-ignorant.  An admission from the outset:  the time I have been spending on Pinterest is wonder blunder.  The feeling is like being on a horse that is about to bolt.

There are mouthwatering pictures to distract and without any discipline, buttons get pushed.  I tried, for instance, to [...]

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February 5, 2013 | Aaieeeeee the paparazzi are here

TT is for  Territorial Army, touch your toes and Terrified Tuesday.  I have decided to keep a photo-diary of  things that induce uneasiness.   This above all has been sitting on my desktop making me  want to dive into the kneehole beneath. I saw this  grouping of beclawed banshees at the Cass Foundation, down 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 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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