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The path of every gardener is strewn with mistake cowpats and not-knowing-any-better-trip-wires.  Or at least mine is.  Here’s a handful which I’ve ‘enjoyed’ over the years. Rushing about during a chaotic house move, I grabbed an old bucket of water to pour on a much-loved and very thirsty, container-grown bamboo.  It was only as the …
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One good thing about growing older is ….. nope, I’m struggling.  One thing about growing older is that the physical graft of professional, full-time gardening becomes harder.  An obvious insight but one I mention nevertheless as it has become increasingly noticeable during my working day.  My back aches more than it used to, my joints …
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For a short while, it is the garden’s signature tree.  For most of the year it holds either naked branches against sky; or else a wrap of unremarkable green – like so many other large trees at The Priory.  It isn’t quite the biggest tree and it isn’t quite my favourite.  But for a few …
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I’ve never reblogged a post before, never thought much about doing so … until I read the free and very useful WordPress e-book, Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog, and decided to follow one of its many tips on all things blogging.  After all, many of you won’t have read my stuff from several years …
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On Saturday, I attended a pre-publication lunch held to promote Monty Don’s new book, ‘Down to Earth‘.  I don’t often accept the various invitations I receive through the blog but this sounded marvellous … and with free food and drink too. Despite considerable effort spent making myself look sort-of-presentable, I still felt out-of-place at the …
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Jim picked me up from work at The Old Forge yesterday and, as I loaded my tools into the car, told me that he’d almost driven over a sparrowhawk crouched on the lane leading up to the house.  Luckily, he had braked in time and the bird flew away, as did an injured pigeon it …
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Three or four years ago, I planted a little corkscrew willow on a little island in the east pond.  Which isn’t news; I’ve written about it before. The little tree liked its little island-home, flourished and grew quickly – as corkscrew willows (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’) are prone to do anyway.  And it formed a nice …
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My holidays are often quite adventurous: cycling though the German countryside, hiking across British mountains, bobbing down the Zambezi in a barrel, play-wrestling polar bears on Svalbard – that sort of thing. But this year, Jim and I decided to plump for something a little more conventional, a lot more lazy.  A few weeks ago …
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My holidays are often quite adventurous: cycling though the German countryside, hiking across British mountains, bobbing down the Zambezi in a barrel, play-wrestling polar bears on Svalbard – that sort of thing. But this year, Jim and I decided to plump for something a little more conventional, a lot more lazy.  A few weeks ago …
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Here’s a very quick post (during my not very stringently, self-enforced break from blogging) to mention a recent interview. I wouldn’t normally devote a whole blog-post simply to highlight me having a chat (though the opportunity to chat to anyone is personally quite exciting) but I thought James, the interviewer, posed some good, thoughtful questions.  …
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