Garden School

After 3 successful garden schools during May, June and July, I will be looking to take a break for August and resuming in September. Keep an eye on my Facebook Page for more details…  

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Cutting Garden

A trip down to Barnes last month saw a jolly distinguished group of plant lovers learning how to sow and grow your own cutting patch.  Georgie Newbery from Common Farm Flowers in Somerset was our course leader for the day.  Georgie owns her own flower farm and floristry business in a beautiful part of the […]

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Day Trip to Shuttleworth

Have you been to see the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire? I can heartily recommend, even though the Swiss Garden is closed and currently undergoing a £2.8m reconstruction. Suffering from severe post tropical holiday blues, a friend suggested the outing as a way of cheering me; not an easy task as I was being […]

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Angkorian Siem Reap, Cambodia

So eventually I got out of Burma, the place nearly reduced me to tears but, once I’d departed, my flights and connections all went very smoothly.  Granted, on arrival at Siem Reap airport, there was no tuk-tuk waiting for me but one turned up after a very kind tour guide rang the hotel and said […]

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Rural Bagan, Burma

I hadn’t been here long at all when the couple next door stopped to chat. After about 10 mins of exchanging travel tales they invited me out with them for the day. The plan was to hire a taxi for the day, go to Mount Popa and then tour some of the temples on the […]

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Mandalay, former capital of Myanmar (Burma)

The weather is cooler up here in Mandalay.  I noticed when we got off the plane there was no wall of heat greeting us as there was in Yangon and I didn’t need the fan on overnight. I found much better accommodation at The Royal City Hotel.  For $25 I get a large twin room […]

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Bustling Yangon, Burma

The flight to Yangon was uneventful but I couldn’t help noticing the plane had propellers… I was looking forward to being overawed by my first temple but that wasn’t to be the case.  It was all rather industrial, to be fair, stuck right in the middle of the city’s main roundabout, with the most appalling […]

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winter gardening

Regular readers of my monthly gardening tips newsletter will know what to do, when and how; there’s no down-time in a garden, so it can be difficult to prioritise.  Now is the perfect time to be prepping your garden for the Spring.  For those of you with established allotments and kitchen gardens, garlic and shallots, […]

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Look out for hedgehogs this Bonfire Night

Please keep your eyes peeled this Bonfire Night for sleeping hedgehogs! For hedgehogs, your lovely wood pile prepared (or not) for Bonfire Night will be their idea of a 5* hotel, therefore its critical to check what lies beneath, before lighting.  In the past 10 years, hedgehog numbers have declined by 25%, greater in some […]

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Garden Photography in Autumn – guest blog by Julia Stanley

Autumn presents some fabulous photo opportunities in the garden.  Amazing rich colours of the leaves as they turn, big, bold veggies such as pumpkins and beautiful berries and hips. It is also an opportunity to capture the very special light in the morning without having to get up at stupid o’clock! Photographers love to shoot […]

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