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Having welcomed in the New Year, I am filled with optimism for the coming months. However at this time the garden is decaying before my eyes.  Most of the plants in the beds have collapsed in a browny mushy heap and there is little sign


The last couple of nights have seen a heavy frost here.  Down to -4•C last night. Pretty, but will sadly damage the last of the tender plants in the garden unless action has been taken beforehand.Frost is normally formed on still, clear and cold nights. Clear

Out of the Shrubbery

This weekend I attended the Society of Garden Designers conference at the Royal Geographical Society. The subject for the day was ‘Out of the Shrubbery’. This is an interesting topic as over the last 25 years garden designers and gardeners have tended to be influenced

Leaves, leaves and more leaves

The nights are drawing in, and the trees are preparing for winter dormancy. The brilliant colours that we all delight in are caused by the green chlorophyll disappearing from their leaves. As the bright green fades away, the yellow and orange colours become more visible.