Category Archives: Holistic

In a Vase on Monday: Windin’ the Candle

The material for today’s post was in the balance until yesterday afternoon until I finally decided to leave the Paperwhites in the greenhouse for another week and reached the conclusion that the three buds optimistically picked from a lone Rudbeckia … Continue reading

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My roots In this place, This garden, Run deep, Tightly but tenderly Clinging To the fabric Of the soil, Spreading, reaching Deep, very deep, To the heart Of the earth, Nourished By every green shoot, Every new bloom, Each drop … Continue reading

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Hope Springs

The snow continued through the night but strangely, despite temperatures remaining at zero or below, roads and footpaths have quickly cleared, except in lanes like some of our local ones where a combination of wind and gates or a gap … Continue reading

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A Seedy Business

I spent some time on Friday sowing the rest of my seeds that could be planted in March, bringing ‘the contraption’ into use again in the kitchen. I had forgotten that some had to be soaked overnight which meant that sowing of sweet peas, … Continue reading

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Gut Instinct

The Golfer and I were asked to accompany a friend to her second viewing of a property she was interested in, partly because the Golfer has done a lot of Odd Jobs for her on her previous home and partly … Continue reading

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Famille Jaune

These ‘lemon’ tomatoes have been sitting on the kitchen window sill for 3 or 4 weeks, clearly resolved to wait for my back to be turned before they themselves turned from green to yellow – which they now have. It … Continue reading

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Right Place, Right Time

I posted a picture of this Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ earlier in the week on Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, commenting on how unassuming it was, just getting on with its life without complaint. Walking past it since then, though, I have realised … Continue reading

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What is this life…

…..if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare, or at least sit down and be creative once in a while.  I have, though, spent some time creating Christmas puddings in the last couple of days, aided … Continue reading

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Oh, Deer!

We took advantage of a beautifully sunny morning to go for another visit, this time to Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, possibly our nearest National Trust property and one we have been to a number of times. This time we downloaded … Continue reading

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Equal but Not the Same

The equinox is upon us and even without the dire weather forecast for this week we are conscious of  approaching changes – shorter days, darker mornings and evenings, cooler then colder temperatures, blossoms and blooms bowing to fiery foliage, loose leaves and … Continue reading

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