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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.

February 16, 2015 | Pattern of the DAY

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November 11, 2014 | Flaunt your bindweed

Or – Pattern of the DAY.  I have spent hours this year winding my convolvulus up canes and snatching off the luminous white flowers to avert seed splatter. To admit the truth, through gritted teeth, the battle has been lost.  And then I went to London to call on a friend and found my nightmare [...]

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October 14, 2014 | Pattern of the DAY

It is that time of the year when trees become ever more attention grabbing.  This is the hoary trunk of Morus alba, the white mulberry.

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April 11, 2013 | Pattern of the DAY

painted ceiling, monastry on island of Lake Tana, Ethiopia

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January 10, 2013 | Pattern of the DAY

Tiles from Rustem Pasha, a mosque in Istanbul

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January 12, 2012 | Pattern of the DAY

Banksy eat your heart out.  Seen all over Arezzo

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October 22, 2011 | Pattern of the DAY

Craggy Cornish wall.

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August 29, 2011 | Pattern of the DAY

Chestnut trunk covered with lichen beards in Tuscan wood.

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October 10, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

We did end up buying a carpet on the recent Syrian trip.  Or it might be a rug or a kelim.  I know that quantity of knots per square inch are the acid test.  Any way here it is, a  lovely object from Tabriz in Iran. The man on the right is the carpet [...]

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October 5, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

Hebe rakaiensis is sturdy and a stalwart evergreen small shrub that can behave in the box ball manner.  Standing in  for a less harsh form of topiary, the fresh green leaves grabbed my attention yesterday.  It’s a good shrub for the small garden but needs to be kept pruned so that it [...]

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