Category Archives: Gardening

January Witch Hunt

Choosing my top January blooms this year is even easier than previously because, despite their early start, my special snowdrops have slowed down and are at not yet at their peak. A few, like Mrs Macnamara and James Backhouse, have … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Wake Up and Smell the…

…viburnum, the sarcococca and the lonicera! Suddenly the fragrances of these winter flowers are becoming evident, even though they have all been flowering for a few weeks. Many stems of Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ are all but over, but the … Continue reading

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A Beast Amongst the Blossom

I treated myself to 3 hippeastrum/amaryllis bulbs from my favourite discount supermarket Aldi a couple of months ago, the £2.49 price tag justifying the triple purchase and allowing me to have a group planting of the same variety in one … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Gardener’s Cupboard

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In a Vase on Monday: Anticipation

I am pretty good at delayed gratification and could easily have been one of those children in the famed psychology test who could safely resist the challenge of being left alone with a marshmallow with the promise of a larger … Continue reading

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The Busiest of Times, the Quietest of Times

It has been a strange fortnight, beginning as it did with Christmas Day on a Monday; with leap years, I think this must be the first Christmas since I finished work  that has fallen on a Monday and somehow it … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Hello 2018!

Just as last week was the first time since the inception of IAVOM that Christmas Day has fallen on a Monday, today is of course  the first time that New Year’s Day has been on a Monday. So let’s raise … Continue reading

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