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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 10, 2014 | A Bad Day in the garden

The hurricane is here.  It  has knocked down the bean tipi, smitten the amaranthus which are flaying their beards all over the place.  Time to retreat to the greenhouse.  No solace in there.

The tomato plants  have gone crazy and limbered all over the cucumbers.  I could hardly get through the door.  The cucumbers in turn [...]

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December 6, 2013 | Garden centres deck the halls

I saw a nearly life size baby Jesus with Joseph worshipping at the alter of christmas tree lights, the fluffiest sneeze inducing selection of santas, and reindeers in white mink coats. And the price tags looked pretty too.  Steep that is.    Who buys this stuff?  By the way I am in one of the [...]

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December 6, 2013 | This list makes me drool with anticipation

For pure poetry just read this about Dichelostemma Ida-Maia:

“Spectacular red, yellow and green coloured flowers, shaped like cigars, opening at the tip of a wiry stem.  Named after the daughter of a Californian stage coach-driver and pollinated in the wild by humming-birds”.

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June 25, 2013 | #Terrified Tuesday

Aieeeeeeeeeeee is this another example of global warming?

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February 28, 2013 | What isisisisis a Garden?

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So What ISISISIS A Garden?

Aldeburgh town, in the Empty Quarter of Suffolk,  and on threat  of being sucked into the waters of the North Sea,  is no everyday  resort.  Pole down the road across the marshes, past the flagged-up golf club and the brown mass of the sea drapes itself  in front of you.   [...]

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February 21, 2013 | 10 reasons why I hate planting plans

1.  They create unreasonable expectation.

2.  They are totally static and nature is not.

3.  Planting plans have people drooling for the ultimate moment of peak perfection for that lovely flower only to have to stare at the wrong foliage or dead die back for almost all the rest of the year.

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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 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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September 1, 2012 | Disgruntled snail trail up Arthur's Seat in quest for the Speed of Light.

Today is the last time for  the climb in the dark in Edinburgh. NVA’s Speed of Light which  is billed as an interactive light show and heralded as ‘state art and spiritual collectivism” .   In reality a slow blunder up and down a  rocky hill in the dark.  Groups of 100 set off together [...]

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May 1, 2012 | So, David Hockney it is over, but not quite.

Thousands of us  stood and jostled  in the grand rooms up the stair of the Royal Academy to see the rendering of our countryside by David Hockney.  And returned home with eyes on stalks to stare at our surrounding woods and fields.  To look at them anew without the mind overpowering  the senses.  I have [...]

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