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April 2019 – medicine old and new

Spring has sprung and it is such an exciting time of year when everything really starts into growth and the change is palpable by the day. I was in the Physic Garden the other day and I could see the Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) were shooting up and Bears Breeches (Acanthus mollis) were spouting up… Continue Reading

February 2019 – What are we to do?

Well February’s here and of course it is the usual maddening weather where it’s too cold or too wet or too something to be able to get on as one is itching to do. Here at the garden is no exception and we huddle in corners comparing notes on how far we got the last… Continue Reading

January 2019 – The whole year ahead

So the presents were opened, the Christmas dinner was eaten, the Christmas films were watched, the walks taken, the sofa snuggled in and now it is all over for another year and the whole of 2019 stretches ahead. Here at the walled garden we are focusing on clearing and cleaning. All the glasshouses need a… Continue Reading

December 2018 – Flowers to tell a story

Ladies and gentlemen let me take you on a little time travel as we go back to the middle ages and the time when plants were both the only form of medicine and also had myth and legend attached to them. In an age when only wealthy people could read and church services were in Latin,… Continue Reading

November 2018 – Hedgehogs have the right idea

In the Salad House yesterday I heard a strange noise. It took me a moment to realise what it was which was the contented snoring of a sleeping hedgehog. One of our hedgehogs has set up a nest in the second bay of the glass house. Hedgehogs often have more than one nest as they… Continue Reading

October 2018 – How come it just got busier?

I’ve just got back from two weeks holiday with a little garden visiting thrown in – I know, I know it sounds like a busman’s holiday and in a way it is. But, and it is a big but, getting out and seeing what other people do in their gardens is both interesting and informative.… Continue Reading

September 2018 – Apples

September is the start of autumn – if you are guided by the meteorological calendar as opposed to the astronomical one. So we are now in full harvest mode both in the Kitchen Garden and with the apples. Courgettes are turning into marrows the minute I turn my back and the beans, greens and beetroot… Continue Reading